The Many Every Day Uses for Air Compressors

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Compressed air piping layout, Compressed air piping sizing, Strut cushion clamps

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An air compressor is a common and popular tool that sits in many people?s tool rooms. It is used for a variety of purposes, so it is well worth the price. The purpose of the air compressor is to convert everyday energy into powered air with increased pressure. Although this usage may sound confusing to hands off and less mechanical of people, the air compressor can also be used for many every day uses. It is also likely that you have used one before.

Home improvement projects

Homeowners are constantly updating and making repairs to their homes. Most DIY projects require tools. The air compressor can help with many of these projects, actually working in a variety of ways. For example, it can be useful in operating a nail gun when installing flooring or new ceiling. It can be useful in demolition projects, using the increased power of air flow. You can even use the air compressor to saunter metals together. As much as 80% to 90% of the electrical energy used by an air compressor is converted to heat.

Vehicle maintenance

An air compressor can also be used for regular vehicle maintenance. The machine uses strong amounts of pressure, making it great for quickly repairing flattened tires. The cushion clamps and compressed air distribution are great for an accurate fit, ensuring that the entire air fitting makes it into the tire. The process of filling a tire with an air compressor is much easier than using a hand pump. It is very similar to the air machine that you use at your local gas station to fill up a flat tire.

Technical industries

Many technical and construction industries use air compressors on a daily basis. Because they offer so many different uses, they are generally a part of the tool base of a construction crew. Most construction crews will find that they use the air compressor multiple times per day, for different uses each time. They may use it to nail together heavy items, when repairing city roads, or even when constructing a new building from the ground up. Approximately 70% of all manufacturers have a compressed air system.

The type of demand is what decides how much pressure will be put out. It is important, however, to ensure you are aware of how much pressure is needed. Artificial demand is created when an end use is supplied air pressure higher than required for the application. If an application requires 50 psi but is supplied 90 psi, excess compressed air is used. Use pressure regulators at the end to minimize artificial demand.

Medical uses

You might be surprised to learn that air compressors are even used in the medical environments. If you have had your teeth cleaned lately, it is likely that your dental hygienist used a type of air compressor to properly clean them. The strength of the rinsing machine and the operating tool for the dental supplies are all powered by the air compressor machine. The air fitting simply has a different add on than for other types of uses. It may also be used in the creation of pharmaceuticals, when coatings and designing of medications is done in a factory type setting.

Recreational use

Air compressors can also be used recreationally. If you have ever tried scuba diving, you had an air compressor powering your air supply. The roller coasters and attraction events that you ride at your local theme park are also powered by these air compressing machines. If you go shooting at the local range or the paintball field, the guns that you use are also powered with this same energy. Different air compressor pipes are used to differ the purposes.

Air compressors are used in a variety of settings. They have many uses that it is likely that you have used some type of an air compressor and didn?t even realize it. Although air compressors have many uses, it is important to understand how to properly use them. Too much pressure for a use that does not require as much pressure can actually damage the machine and can cause it to work less efficiently.

Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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