Can you use PVC pipe for compressed air lines?

PVC Pipe

The use of PVC pipe is common but NOT RECOMMENDED for use with compressed air. It is often used because it is readily available, inexpensive, and easy to install. However, as with many plastics, PVC gets brittle over time and can crack, break, or even shatter.

Is PVC rated for air pressure?

Most consumer air compressors compress air to 125-175 psi, which does not sound like much. Most smaller sizes of PVC pipe are rated for between 300-600 psi, but that is only if the pipes are new and the system is perfectly sealed. As we mentioned before, it is extremely difficult to make a PVC system airtight.

What kind of pipe is best for compressed air?

Ideal plastic pipes for piping compressed air are made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Polyethylene (PE) piping and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping are also good choices for compressed air applications. PVC is not recommended and is an OSHA violation if used.

How much air psi can PVC hold?

between 300-600 psi

Age And Temperature
Of course, PVC doesn’t just shatter or explode out of nowhere. Most consumer air compressors only compress to around 125-175 psi. This doesn’t seem like a whole lot, especially when even the smallest size PVC pipe can generally handle anywhere between 300-600 psi.

Can I use CPVC pipe for compressed air?

No, PVC and CPVC pipe should not be used for compressed air lines.

Can I use PEX for compressed air?

My personal preference for small-shop compressed-air piping is PEX. It’s lightweight and flexible, and the fittings literally snap together. It’s the easiest of any of the options to reconfigure and the simplest to install.

Can SharkBite fittings be used for compressed air?

SharkBite, part of RWC’s family of brands, now offers a new range of brass push-fit fittings and anodised aluminium pipe to simplify small to large commercial and industrial compressed air installations.

How many PSI is PEX pipe rated for?

PEX tubing is SDR9 with standard hydrostatic pressure ratings of 160 psi at 73°F (1105 kPa at 23°C) and 100 psi at 180°F (690 kPa at 82°C).

How much psi can a SharkBite fitting hold?

SharkBite fittings are certified to 200 PSI and 200°F (93°C).

Do professional plumbers use SharkBite?

When and when not to use SharkBite fittings. Most professional plumbers believe that SharkBite fittings and other kinds of push-fit fittings should only be used as an emergency, temporary fix, and not for any enclosed or permanent plumbing system. However, there is a growing selection of DIYers who would disagree.

Are shark bites code?

SharkBite Codes (Working)

SHARKBITE2 – Redeem for 200 Shark Teeth. 1BILLION – Redeem code for 100 Shark Teeth. SimonsSpace – Redeem code for 50 Shark Teeth. FROGGYBOAT – Redeem code for 50 Shark Teeth.

What is the pressure rating for CPVC pipe?

CPVC Piping Systems Uses & Applications

CPVC piping which is suitable for hot and cold water distribution has a 400 psi pressure rating at room temperature, and a 100 psi pressure rating at 180°F. CPVC materials are resistant to many everyday household chemicals.

Is Schedule 40 PVC for pressure?

PVC Schedule 40 Pressure Pipe features make it ideal for use in numerous industrial, commercial, municipal and residential applications. Like SDR pres- sure pipe (see page A-24) Schedule 40 has a built-in long term pressure safety factor of 2 to 1.

What is difference between schedule 40 and 80 PVC?

The major difference between schedule 40 and schedule 80 pipe is the wall thickness, inside diameter, and their weight. Schedule 80 will have a greater wall thickness, a smaller inside diameter and a higher weight than Schedule 40 pipe at a given nominal pipe size.