The Top Air Compressors a Carpenter Needs

There are many different types of air compressors on the market today that can satisfy a carpenter’s need at almost any level. To determine what kind of compressor you need, first consider the job you are trying to accomplish. You don’t want to be too conservative, because a compressor without enough air capacity and pressure may not be enough to help you get the job done. Adversely, too much air pressure could ruin your project and you certainly wouldn’t want that.

So there are different types of air compressors to fill different needs. Hopefully, when you are through reading this article, you will better understand which type of air compressor would be best for your carpentry job and why.

First, let’s take a look at the different types of compressors available on the market.

  1. The Inflator


The inflator is a simple air compressor without tank. Its function is to simply compress air and move it from the open into a confined space such as a ball or a tire. These are often found in emergency automobile roadside kits or on the shelf in a garage. Obviously, this type of compressor would not pack the power to be used in carpentry cases, but I thought they merited an honorable mention.

  1. The Hot Dog


These smaller style air compressors are great for portable jobs such as trim work or finish work. The tanks vary in size. Some are lightweight and can be easily carried while others are meant to be rolled. Tanks on these hot dog style compressors will vary in size, offering its owner differing CFMs (Cubic Feet per Minute). This is important because it can determine how often your compressor will have to run to refill the tank. Be sure that your tank and tools are compatible so that your compressor does not have to work overtime and your tank burns out. You want your compressor to only run about 50% of the time, or it is working too hard.

Some hot dog compressors come with multiple tanks as well. These units are even conveniently detachable and can be made smaller for more convenience, depending on the job at hand.

  1. The Pancake


Pancake tank air compressors have a larger capacity for air, but that does not necessarily mean that they will be able to have a higher functionality than their hot dog counterparts. Its unique design does allow for increased airflow and more forced air capacity so that the compressor does not have to work as hard.

The pancake tank is designed to be a more stationary tank and is often outfitted as a centralized machine to supply air through longer hoses. These types of tanks are used in larger, lengthier carpentry jobs and can be shared by multiple groups more easily than their hot dog counterparts.

If you are using tools such as grinders, sprayers or other tools with high levels of air usage behind them, you will definitely need a pancake tank with a large capacity. For home framing jobs, however, a 6-gallon tank will do just fine.

Care and Maintenance

When you are through using your air compressor, it is highly important that you take care to release the pressure from inside the tank. There are multiple reasons for doing so. The first and most important reason for releasing the air out of the compression chamber of your air tank is that you do not want stagnant air in your compressor, especially if you are in a humid environment. Your tank will rust inside. Releasing the air pressure will ensure that there is proper circulation in your tank and it will be less likely that you will experience moisture buildup. Your air compressors will have release valves to make this possible.

When you purchase your compressor, be sure to understand the mechanics of the compression engine itself. It is important that you note whether or not it is an oil or non-oil engine. If it is an oil engine, you will be required to add oil to it. Failure to do so could be disastrous and would wear the engine down much more quickly. If your engine burned out, even before the manufacturer’s warranty was up on your compressor and it was discovered that you did not maintain the proper oil levels in the engine of your compressor, you would be the one held liable. Your warranty would be void.

Last, but not least, when not in use, be sure to disconnect your hoses and tools from your compressor. The compression bearings will last much longer if they are given the opportunity to rest on occasion.

For the carpenter who understands things like PSI and CFM, this may be elementary, but for those who are just getting started, understanding the different types of compressors can be very helpful. There are a lot of choices out there particularly on where portable air compressor reviews may be found. Need something more quiet yet does the job? Visit

Why DIY Rules

We’re used to thinking of DIY as being all about skill and proficiency. It’s about being able to wield a tool with confidence and know that you’re taking the right steps towards perfection. Or, is it? If it’s all about being right, how do you learn how to master your tools in the first place?

Well, it’s a pervasive fallacy, but a fallacy all the same. Everybody has to start somewhere and the joy, the sheer joy of DIY is in diving headfirst into the unknown. There is no way to be sure that those shelves you’re building will sit straight or that door you’re trying to hang will fit, but isn’t that kind of the point? DIY is awesome because it’s a commitment to a work in progress.

I’m going to talk a little about why DIY rules and why you should always be excited about taking on your own small and large scale projects.

The first lesson to be learned is that you should never be afraid to get it wrong. The way I see it, there are four key benefits to having a go, even if you know you might mess it up.

A Closer Connection to Your World


We all live in closed off and isolated little boxes. Our food couldn’t be further from the farm. Our water, clothing, gadgets and entertainment are all delivered to us in neat, easily accessible packages. We have, in many ways, lost our connection to the world. However, DIY is a cool way to get this back. By building things with your own hands, you gain a greater appreciation for the essentials (and the non-essentials) that fill your existence.

More Knowledge and Awareness

Another reason why DIY rules is because it allows you to learn. Rather than buying a piece of furniture at the homeware store and giving no thought to how it was made, you can deconstruct the individual pieces and start to understand how much skill goes into our possessions. While I’m not suggesting that you go completely native and start forging all of your kitchen cutlery, it’ll remind you that there’s artistry in all things.

The Chance to Get Crafty

Working with the hands – building, crafting and making – is very good for the brain. It involves problem-solving and critical thinking. You have to be able to look at a situation from lots of different angles. So, I recommend DIY as a fun way to keep your mind active as well, particularly as you get older. Don’t get too comfortable. Never hesitate to learn new things and pursue new experiences. Even doctors can tell you why DIY rules; gradual manual work lowers the blood pressure and the heart rate.

It Helps You Meet New People


Becoming a hobbyist or a crafter is a great idea for many reasons, not least because it can put you in touch with like-minded groups, societies, and communities. Whether you’re into building guitars, toy trains, or sheds, there’s a community out there for you. Get online, do some research, and see if you can find some new friends that share your passion. There might be meets, conventions, exhibitions, or even opportunities to sell the items that you’ve built.

How to Organize Your Garage

Garages are built to store cars, but all too often, they become excessively cluttered. Items such as old toys, household items, old cans of paint, rags, boxes of old clothings, and other odds and ends somehow often find their way into the garage. However, the reorganization of any garage need not be a difficult task if one is organized and has a plan of action.

The first step is to go through the garage and decide what to keep, what to sell, and what to toss. Remember, don’t be too quick to toss anything out, sometimes one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So when sorting, see what can be resold at a garage sale or on websites like ebay.

Perforated hardboard or Metal


Perforated hardboard or ‘pegboard’ is sold in most home improvement stores. These boards have evenly spaced holes drilled into the surface which are used to hang hooks or pegs. Be creative when using pegboards in the garage. Have boards that hang garden implements, hand tools, or automotive supplies.

Perforated metal pegboards are also available in stores. These are tough, rust resistant and are capable of handling heavier objects such as bicycles and shovels.

Wall Shelving or Stand Alone shelving Units

Wall shelving and stand alone shelving units are available and are made of strong, durable metal or plastic. These sturdy units are capable of holding gallons of paint, automotive supplies, hoses, and tools. The stand alone units may be preferable as they can be moved from one area of the garage to another. There are also units available that have locking doors, for those of you who would like an added bit of security.

Garage Floor Coverings


Garages are also often used as a home workshop, a place for those weekend hobbyists to tinker with automobiles or complete woodworking projects. Flooring can make all the difference. Many hobbyists choose rubber garage mats, which interlock and can be used to cover areas of the floor near hobby tables.

A second option, is to simply paint the garage floor. Epoxy paint is the only type of paint that should be used in painting a garage floor as it prevents stains and deterioration. Make no mistake about it, epoxy can give the garage floor a stunning ‘show room’ look.

Garage Door Inspection

Having a garage door that flawlessly opens and closes, especially during winter is important to garage maintenance. Doing a basic inspection is simple. Just make sure the power is disconnected and inspect the door for anything out of the ordinary, making sure all weather striping is in place and the condition of the rollers. If the garage door is not functioning properly, call a service professional.

Organization, The Final Step

Garages can do more than hold the family car. They are large spaces that can hold a workshop or places for extra storage. Organization is the key. Utilizing peg boards, shelving units, bike and sports racks, along with mounted ceiling racks can help in organizing gardening and household storage, while making sure it is accessible when needed. If more storage options are needed, consider mobile workbenches, utility carts and tool chests, which greatly assist in organizing and storing tools and hardware.

Having a neatly organized garage is not difficult to achieve, but it can be a time consuming project. However, by working at it little by little, along with a solid plan of action, it is possible to transform your cluttered garage into a building that is useful and beneficial to the family.