Replacing An Air
Compressor Single Outlet With Two Outlets
A tee fitting is added to the
standard air compressor outlet, and quick disconnect couplings
installed so 2 air hoses can be used at once.
1-2 (Basic Plumbing)
About 20 Minutes
Bruce W. Maki,
An air compressor is an essential part of HammerZone's workshop.
But... I was getting tired of switching air tools all the time, or
having to drag the air hose outdoors to blow the dust off something.
So I decided to alter the outlet piping to allow for two air
hoses to be connected at the same time.
||This is the female quick-disconnect that has
been the only outlet on this compressor for many years.
Note that most compressors don't come with a quick
disconnect fitting, just a ¼" NPT male fitting.
|I removed the female coupling with a pair of
||I applied some pipe thread compound to the male
fitting and screwed the ¼" tee onto the male threads.
|Then I installed a 4" nipple to one part of
I only needed small pipe wrenches to tighten these small
diameter fittings. It's easy to over-tighten the pipe and
strip the threads.
||I installed a shorter nipple on the other
opening of the tee.
|Then I installed a female quick-disconnect on
the end of each nipple.
I don't know why I didn't do this a couple of years ago.
Now I leave a blow gun attached to one air hose, and the other
hose is used for nailers, impact wrenches or whatever air tool I
might be using.
- Small Pipe Wrenches (2)
- Pipe Thread Comound
- Open-end Wrenches
- Nipples, ¼" NPT,
2" long, 4" long.
- Tee, ¼" NPT
- Female Quick-Disconnect
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