4 Great Ways to Use an Air Compressor

Most people don't usually sit around thinking of all the different ways that an air compressor can be utilized, but more often than not, the machines prove to be invaluable. Even if you don't find yourself doing construction projects every weekend, an air compressor can still be useful in a variety of situations. So keep reading below for four great ways to use an air compressor that may not have crossed your mind before.

Nail Guns

If you're looking to speed up a do-it-yourself project, there's nothing that helps more than a nail gun. While battery-operated nail guns work just fine, they're often quite expensive and frequently need to be recharged. Using a pneumatic nail gun means that you can work for much longer periods of time and come away with a bit of savings as well.

Spray Painting

Many people think of painting furniture as a tedious chore, but if you hook up a spray gun to an air compressor, you can have furniture painted in no time. Whether your project involves kitchen cabinets that you're looking to remodel or a coffee table that you want to make look new again, spray-painting with an air compressor can give you the kind of smooth finish that you're looking for. There's no need to spend thousands of dollars on new furniture when an air compressor and a bit of free time can give you the same results.

Starting Fires

If you're planning on having a backyard barbecue or bonfire, an air compressor could be your most useful tool. When the fire starts to die down, you can use an air compressor (with the pressure settings on low, so as not to blow the fire out completely) to re-start the fire. While stoking a fire with coal or lighter fluid are usually the most popular options, they can quickly run up costs over time. A few bursts with an air compressor, on the other hand, is both cleaner and less expensive.

Deep Cleaning

If you're looking to do some serious cleaning, be it on a driveway or the siding of your house, attach an air compressor to a power-washing gun to achieve some serious stain removal. While a sponge and soapy water might be good enough for the average stain, you'll need to rent or buy an air compressor if you want to get rid of the bigger ones, especially those that are located outside. 

For additional reading, check out the sites of companies that rent or sell air compressors.