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  • Van Ram
    Van Ram 18 days ago

    michael mcintyre

  • Jim Hills
    Jim Hills 23 days ago

    4000 feet.... Dude, are you around Helena???
    You're in my old stomping grounds. I've been trying to spot landmarks in the videos, but you've been careful and I haven't been back there in 15 years. But it has me wondering...

  • russ533mj
    russ533mj Month ago

    All air systems leak. Accept it. Enjoy the hiss.

  • Geffrei Maudeleyne
    Geffrei Maudeleyne Month ago

    You need a pipe cutter of your own; a basic tap and die set will also be nice.

  • Sammy
    Sammy 2 months ago

    Iโ€™m so jealous of this shop

  • Neg xgod
    Neg xgod 2 months ago

    Optimistic thought: The leaked air give good ventilation:)

  • consistency man
    consistency man 2 months ago

    (~)Found this channel a week or so ago. Absolutely love it! So Entertaining, intriguing, funny, informative, and just plain cool to watch! I think everyone will agree when I say great work Alec, Keep em coming mate! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป~๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ง~๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿญ~โš“~๐ŸŒก~๐Ÿ”ฅ~๐Ÿ”จ~โ›~โš’~๐Ÿ› ~๐Ÿ—ก~โš”~๐Ÿ”ง~๐Ÿ”ฉ~๐Ÿ—œ~๐Ÿ”—~๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง~๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ~๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท~๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ~

  • Discgolfer Quebec Jp
    Discgolfer Quebec Jp 2 months ago

    Ok as a plumber myself i found pretty funny that you are so amazed by the threader and the pipe cutter , for me its like using a butter knife lolll

  • b0rd3n
    b0rd3n 2 months ago

    As a side note - and yes i understand the heavily destructive environment - some type of pvc can be used for compressed air delivery, allowing for such a setup to be exponentially faster in terms of setting up and/or modding at a later date (example adding a new output port). Pvc + the proper glue...
    I believe there are some cons to it tho, one evident would be the nature of the material being alot weaker than pipe, not as friendly to fire as one could (oddly) think
    oh and... purging purging purging.. there are some rather inexpensive automagic purging systems that you should consider in order to setup and forget

  • Benedict Dela Cruz
    Benedict Dela Cruz 2 months ago

    keep away acetylene or l.p.g. tanks.

  • Luis Castilho
    Luis Castilho 2 months ago

    Here we usually use cooper pipes and soldering joints for compressed air. Also, all exits are upwards, so we can reduce water contamination.

  • ashton
    ashton 2 months ago

    At this point the shop should sponsor you :D

  • Robert Haas
    Robert Haas 2 months ago

    It all needs breeders at the lowest points. Lots of water will come out too

  • Robert Haas
    Robert Haas 2 months ago

    Home depot threads pipe free. All day long.

  • Matthew Fellows
    Matthew Fellows 2 months ago

    Surely ACE need ro sponsor one of your videos soon?? I feel like i need to go to the usa just to run some errands to ACE ๐Ÿคฃ

  • Ben F
    Ben F 3 months ago

    Why wouldnโ€™t you just use your evo dry saw? Just a thought. Also. May want to look into PEX. Flexible and crimp tool. Very easy to use. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  • GarThor Son of Odin
    GarThor Son of Odin 3 months ago

    You should get ace as a sponsor, you guys go there enough... =p
    Also... when are you going to do damascus spork? =D

  • Joel Geist
    Joel Geist 3 months ago

    As a former shop maintenance guy, two things. I would recommend finding a second air tank so your compressor does not run as much. A used non working compressor with a large tank can often be found for free or little cost because the motors burn out from continuous run times. Also your Ts on the lines should be pointed up so if there is water in the line it will flow to the end of your line rather than build in the downlines. Welcome to the U.S! I am a big fan of your work.

  • First Son of Man
    First Son of Man 3 months ago

    No dirt leg?

  • Preston McGarvey
    Preston McGarvey 3 months ago

    Little tip. Place 3x3x1โ€ rubber pads underneath each foot of the compressor when itโ€™s anchored down to reduce on vibration noise and vibration of the compressor.

  • Danny Brady
    Danny Brady 3 months ago

    How many ACE buckets do you have??๐Ÿ˜‚

  • thmsmgnm
    thmsmgnm 3 months ago

    I must be the only one who used schedule 40 PVC piping for his air system.

  • Gamebred Duckhunter
    Gamebred Duckhunter 3 months ago

    if you plumb a shop for air in the future look into pex tubing. it will save you from headaches when the black iron tubing starts rusting and running debris through your air tools.

  • Benjamin Carlson
    Benjamin Carlson 3 months ago

    Alec buddy you look tired in this one I hope your doing okay

  • Ariรซn Stegink
    Ariรซn Stegink 3 months ago

    What is so special about pipe cutters, i use smaller pipe cutters every day

  • Xenronnify
    Xenronnify 3 months ago

    This episode feels like one big "Air-end". Ehhh? Ehhhhhhhh? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • ted McIntosh
    ted McIntosh 3 months ago

    Whatโ€™s the name of the first song in the video?

  • shane haws
    shane haws 3 months ago

    20-30 years ago my dad used PVC for his compressor in his garage

  • J.E. Ducker, photography

    Hmm navigated here by accident. Channel is sort of twinky. Englishman in Montana?

  • Joshua Mather
    Joshua Mather 3 months ago

    Any reason he didn't use PEX for this? Is it more reliable long term to use black iron pipe?

  • Will-Thomson
    Will-Thomson 3 months ago

    i think the mob at ace should be giving you free stuff by now....the amount of money you have

  • Brad Spooner
    Brad Spooner 3 months ago

    Teflon tape in most cases will virtually stop the air leaks.

  • Prometheuss
    Prometheuss 3 months ago

    Nice work. May I suggest a flex hose at the initial connection to the compressor? This will prevent any unintended vibrations being transferred from the compressor motor to the piping.

  • Scuba Bro
    Scuba Bro 3 months ago

    Bro... where the heck have you been???

  • William Tanner
    William Tanner 3 months ago

    I would recommend both teflon tape and pipe dope for all fitting joints. Also, if you think the pipe cutter was cool, you should check out a snap cutter.

  • Contango1000
    Contango1000 3 months ago

    Hemp is better than teflon. Teflon and thread lock rules the NPT universe. Have not had a single leak ever since.

    • Contango1000
      Contango1000 3 months ago

      That said, NPT should by design need neither, no?

  • Yeenosaur
    Yeenosaur 3 months ago +1

    Careful with air compressors. My brother got his eye blown out by one.

  • Ma Be
    Ma Be 3 months ago

    I am using plastic tubing with screw on fittings. Dead cheap, installed quickly, rated for up to 16 bar.

  • poo why not
    poo why not 3 months ago

    thats like a $800 pipe threader :((

  • Mark O'Connell
    Mark O'Connell 3 months ago

    Should have used pvp pipping since the bonding is molecular. The down side is that you all work with metal. PvP is not metal.

  • Robert Williams
    Robert Williams 3 months ago

    To add to an old video and also add to the checklist. If you connect all you black pipe, most refer to it as a halo system, you up your CFMs per line putting less strain on the compressor and less bulid up in the lines
    Also someone else said it. But add desiccants or water taps in your lines

  • Matthew Allen
    Matthew Allen 3 months ago

    As a plumber. I was very entertained at seeing all the small things you did wrong with fitting pipe that I know I went through. Wish I could've helped with putting it together.

  • David Hamm
    David Hamm 3 months ago

    As Alec was talking about the how the regulator will let pressure out if downstream pressure increases beyond line pressure, I was hoping he would realize the regulator was installed backward. Which would make the "downstream" pressure higher, given that according to the regulator being installed in reverse, that would have been the compressor.

  • David Oakes
    David Oakes 3 months ago

    You guys take "trial and error" to the next level...

  • switch gray
    switch gray 3 months ago

    seems weird to me its not cotton and paste! I fit sprinklers

  • lost in the tundra
    lost in the tundra 3 months ago

    Sooooo...we put out quick coupler horizontally out of a T fitting. Down from the T fitting, after another 30CM of pipe was another valve. The reason for this was, any moisture remaining in the lines after the water traps would condense there and we could remove it from the line with a quick purge. Not sure if this might be helpful, or if anyone else mentioned it, but, it certainly helped us out greatly!

  • Ben Stayskal
    Ben Stayskal 3 months ago

    Oh all that was so expensive ๐Ÿ˜‚

    WHOX-GOLD 3 months ago

    Get a spray bottle and put a little soap and water into it. Spray all of the connections and look for bubbles.

  • Klab
    Klab 4 months ago

    Should get an electric valve so that you can have a wireless button to turn off/on the air.

  • desmond
    desmond 4 months ago

    loyalty comments

  • Graham Parr
    Graham Parr 4 months ago

    Build a cupboard around compressor and sound insulate.

  • Virginia Hoffman
    Virginia Hoffman 4 months ago

    You lucky in Florida we have to put water drains at every turn.

  • Craig Sudman
    Craig Sudman 4 months ago

    Nice work on the PIPE FITTING Alex, I like to keep my system pressurized as I build it so that I can fix the leaks as they occur. Too late now, I know, but for when you move into your next work shop, eh?

  • David Guy
    David Guy 4 months ago

    When tightening black iron, use good thread sealant and always turn the pipe at least a 1/8th turn more than tight. Just in my experience, I find that as you continue to add more fittings, they continue to tighten up and can turn further that you want. Secure drops with a length of pipe to keep the tees from turning towards the wall. Having unions will help you with this.

  • John Williamson
    John Williamson 4 months ago

    Welcome again to your new home in the US. So glad to have you here and keep those videos coming. Blacksmith is something I have always wanted to learn. I am a leather and wood worker so it is on the list.......Have a great weekend and a very Merry Christmas and even better new year.

  • Karson Arndt
    Karson Arndt 4 months ago

    Iโ€™m in MT as well!

  • Doug Kuhn
    Doug Kuhn 4 months ago

    Tape...Teflon tape. Works way better for sealing the pipe connections.

  • Christopher Saint
    Christopher Saint 4 months ago

    Ack never use pro dope! Nice job though ๐Ÿ˜

  • Mad Max
    Mad Max 4 months ago

    Teflon tape works better

  • Cylie Myrus
    Cylie Myrus 4 months ago

    Use a spray bottle with water and soap then spray it on every section you have it connect to find leak more easily

  • Jรถkull Finnbogason

    John Guest Air Fittings, just saying :D

  • erik61801
    erik61801 4 months ago

    and oilier filter regulator stations where youll be running air tools

  • erik61801
    erik61801 4 months ago

    make a big U shape on the wall out of 1" to act as an intercooler with a drain. makes a big difference.

  • m782427 Waffen
    m782427 Waffen 4 months ago

    Duds: ALWAYS have eye protection - PERIOD!

  • Builder's Mark
    Builder's Mark 4 months ago

    Should have installed it with sch 40 pvc. Pvc handles 300 psi & easier to glue up joints and no leaks. Have it in my shop for 10 yrs & counting with no fails. Yes, before the bandwagoners jump I know you like making stuff from metal, but alternatives do work & can be cheaper.

  • James Kuei
    James Kuei 4 months ago

    I broke a ton of those smaller pipe cutters (like three in one day...) when I didn't know you shouldn't put too much pressure on those things.... : |

  • tierfuehrer2
    tierfuehrer2 4 months ago

    Put 45ยฐ or 90ยฐ ish pieces on every outlet. You bust your nuckles less on the wall, when operating the disconnect fitting.

  • Murraymon
    Murraymon 4 months ago

    Those people at Ace must love you guys

  • Andrzej N
    Andrzej N 4 months ago

    Why not PVC pipes for air plumbing ? Should be cheaper,easier to do and they don't rust :)

  • ilia Gofman
    ilia Gofman 4 months ago

    Have you got teflon white tape on pipe threads to stop leaks?

  • phil18751
    phil18751 4 months ago

    been pipe fitting for 18 years, not a bad little job there lads, you should have a go at hand threading some 2" for a laugh, that will test them little arms.

  • tommy pitcock
    tommy pitcock 4 months ago

    if you turn the tee's up it cuts down on moisture to your tools and good luck with those unions not leaking ,also when you mix gavl fitting and black iron it will cause rust

  • Timmy Hays
    Timmy Hays 4 months ago

    Do a garden tool theme when u get the time

  • Tjita1
    Tjita1 4 months ago

    You're going to kill yourself if you're gonna have to run up the stairs and change the regulator each time you need to change the pressure. Because believe it or not, every single tool you use wants different pressures.
    Also, not that there is anything wrong with black iron pipes, but, you know, a good 75 years later plastic pipes were invented, which is cheaper, faster/easier to work with, works just as well, maybe doesn't last as long, but certainly long enough (I think 25 years is the norm here in Europe), doesn't rust, and so on.

  • Zorigto Gomboev
    Zorigto Gomboev 4 months ago

    Guy I am a big fan of your works, trying to turn my habit into something that will support a living had run into your video about your chisel for wood samurai, guy that was something I never stop watching.

  • BrockGrimes
    BrockGrimes 4 months ago

    Me I would've used the synthetic push in type fittings and line and would have been done in no time, bonus no threading, no rust, ever.

  • michaelcontreras892
    michaelcontreras892 4 months ago

    Its real awesome to see the progress of the shop. And eventually the projects that will be made in the shop.

  • ImOnProbation11
    ImOnProbation11 4 months ago

    Most def should build yourself a closet around that compressor and insulate it with some Roxul as you know its great for sound deadening leave room for a dust collector if you plan on one in the future as well.

  • otto
    otto 4 months ago

    blow stuff off....fifteen dollars a man

  • Kazy Kamakaze
    Kazy Kamakaze 4 months ago

    Hi Alec was one of your early subscribers like 4-5 digits and man has your channel blow up to a grand scale. Well done on your progress and keep up the good work!

  • Benoit Didier-Laurent
    Benoit Didier-Laurent 4 months ago

    hey Alec, now the new tube cutter don't need to be turned hitch turn.. it do it automaticully. ^^

  • wimderix
    wimderix 4 months ago

    Here in Europe we got fast montage systems that do not leak, Aluminum pipes and plastic connectors

  • damascusfreak1967
    damascusfreak1967 4 months ago

    2 wraps of tape and dope .air lines need dirt leggs on the end for clean out

  • Steven Janssson
    Steven Janssson 4 months ago

    Should use copper pipe itโ€™s a lot faster to put together

  • Josh Schweikert
    Josh Schweikert 4 months ago +1

    Should be a hose between compressor and the rest of the system. Vibration is going to break it the way you have it.

  • TheOne WhoWelds
    TheOne WhoWelds 4 months ago

    Make sure the compressor has been completely drained, then remove the petcock from the bottom, get a street elbow that matches the same thread, find some pipe that fits that and a ball valve, run that all back together in the old plug so youโ€™ve got an easy way to drain the water straight out the bottom of your compressor, which you should do daily.

  • nick 450
    nick 450 4 months ago

    if you got leaks in the system just get a bigger air compressor to keep up

  • caleb fink
    caleb fink 4 months ago

    Hey do you guys have a lubrication unit in your system? After the change all I saw was a filter and regulator, but I didn't see anything for lubrication. It would be a good investment if you don't have one.

  • Robert Bynum
    Robert Bynum 4 months ago

    Just signed up for Audible

  • Tree Addict
    Tree Addict 4 months ago +1

    You had the regulator mounted backwards there is an inlet and outlet

  • Cole Everman
    Cole Everman 4 months ago

    Pretty sure today's video was brought to us by Ace Hardware.
    Good job fellas. Shop is coming along nicely.

  • James Ellsworth
    James Ellsworth 4 months ago

    Trouble, trouble, trouble! Setting up an all new shop is a Herculean task!

  • techdimx
    techdimx 4 months ago

    I need to know why you went with iron pipe instead of using something like the RapidAir system.

  • Raylene A. G.
    Raylene A. G. 4 months ago

    My kandlord left his air compressor here for me to use. And drill press. I do pottery, lapidary and other bits of this n that in silver smithing. Im scared to use the things, lol. But want to! Any tips you

  • David Knowles
    David Knowles 4 months ago

    I noticed the "No visitors" sign on the door at 11:23. Kinda crazy to think that people have tracked down exactly where this shop is and came to visit unannounced. I'm assuming it happened multiple times if it necessitated a sign on the front door.

  • Chris Boek
    Chris Boek 4 months ago

    Saw u guys coming lol better to have used pvc pipe less expensive lasts longer doesn't rust etc but good set up wish u the best

    • Chris Boek
      Chris Boek 4 months ago

      Also use thread tape it will eliminate the air leaks it's what I used for my air system

  • Tuxedomakdarien
    Tuxedomakdarien 4 months ago

    You should wall mount the regulator and filters and use a hose from the tank hole to connect the compressor to them. It will save wear and tear on the filter/regulator assembly from the vibration from the compressor running.

  • Jacob Kaye
    Jacob Kaye 4 months ago

    Cotton and pipe joining compound would be best

  • Jim Horne
    Jim Horne 4 months ago

    Can't stand all the commercials. You should use a pneumatic pro, typically hydraulic shops are good. Black iron pipe is wrong, it'll rust, not good for tools needless to say. You should also have a FRL unit, filter, regulator AND lubricator for same reason. If you use Parker FRLs they have coalescing filters that remove water totally for you. Good Luck.

  • SniperDog
    SniperDog 4 months ago +1

    Im sorry, in 3:38 the compressor is up there, but the heater is up there too. The compressor will suffocate from hot air. I think if you leave him up there, he's gonna toast.