Previous house owner run PEX pipe in the garage from a 60 gal air-compressor to multiple hose reels. One of them developed a leak and I had to cut through copper pipe to remove it - it was all hard-piped from PEX to a chunk of adapters and copper pipes and eventually to the 1/4 MNPT which goes into the hose real.
Would love to have just been able to "unhook" the old reel and put in another one but instead I have to re-build connection.
So I am contemplating adding a quick-connect coupler into the mix so it goes like:
- Air compressor -> (1/2 PEX pipe) -> (1/2 PEX to 3/8 male adapter) -> (3/8 female to 1/4 MNPT adapter) -> (1/4 FNPT to female quick connector) -> (male quick connector to 1/4 FNPT) -> hose leading to reel
The question I cannot answer is: should I expect some air-flow issues?
The air will go from a larger supply to the quick-connect, which reduces it, and then goes from there, back into a wider hose reel until it reaches the second quick-connect at the air-gun/tool.
Is this a problem?
Motivation for this is to enable me to just quick-disconnect the hose reel if I want, to work on it, move it, whatever it, without having to physically cut things.