Air compressors come in many sizes and they have many uses. An air compressor will compress and
(usually) store ambient air (not pure oxygen). There are workshop sizes, industrial sizes, portable sizes for
use in construction and even a small version that stores in your car. The car version does not store the air,
it is just there to compress air so you can fill a flat tire. It is not a good idea to leave compressed
air stored in your air compressor for extended periods of time. For our discussions here, we are assuming that you
will be able to fill your air compressor just prior to an emergency happening. For example, if a major storm is
predicted, fill your air compressor.
Consider the following uses:
Cleanup - Compressed air can be used to clean about anything that
can withstand a shot of air. Use care if you clean something fragile like the inside of a PC because if you have
the pressure set too high, you can break things.
Conserve - In order to conserve your compressed air, disconnect
any attachments or hoses that leak.
Inflate - One of the most popular uses of compressed
air is where it is used to inflate tires (auto, trailer, bike, etc), air beds and sports
Power Tools - Many kinds of power tools can be driven
by compressed air. If the air compressor is fully charged, these tools will be able to work even when the
power is off. If you have a set of pneumatic (air) tools (screwdrivers, sockets, etc.) you will be able to
work until you run out of compressed air.
Tools to Own - Make sure you own any of the following pneumatic
tools that would fit your needs: sockets, adjustable nozzle, tire inflator, sports ball needle and nail
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