Using an Air Compressor When Renovating Properties
If you’re a fan of DIY, you’ll see more opportunities for improvements around the home. Property investors also do a lot of the maintenance work on their rental properties, and there is one tool that is now a must for renovators, and it’s an air compressor.
So what is an air compressor and where can you use it around the home?
Air compressors convert power (via an engine or motor) into energy that is stored as compressed air. The air can then be used around the home to assist in a cleanup or renovation. There are lots of different sizes, and models of air compressors and SGS engineering have a complete guide on everything you need to know about air compressors. For example, did you know you can use an air compressor to in much the same way as a leaf blower? Or that it can be used to blow up a tyre or an inflatable mattress? The most common use for an air compressor is painting.
Using An Air Compressor To Paint Walls
One of the most common uses for the air compressor by DIYers and professional painting tradespeople is house painting. While the most challenging part of any exterior paint job is the preparation especially when the cladding requires initial removal of existing flaking paint, Using the air compressor does make the application of paint onto the walls one of the easiest jobs.
Not only does the compressor save time, but it also ensures the paint gets sprayed onto the wall evenly. To get started, first, you’ll need to attach the air compressor onto the paint sprayer. Locate where the compressor fits the sprayer and this is found at the bottom of the sprayer, though you can always check manufacturer guidelines.
You’ll want to make sure you attach the regulator before the compressor. Then, attach the hose to the regulator. A female plug is required here to screw the hose into the regulator. Turn on the air compressor and set the PSI on the regulator.
The tool you are using should tell you which PSI to use. To set it, pull the trigger and allow the air to come out. The arrow on the regulator will start to drop when you pull the trigger, and this will be the PSI. After following these steps, you’ll be able to use the compressor to spray paint the walls. However, when using the compressor make sure it doesn’t get too close to the surface you’re painting as the air may damage the finish.
Other Uses For Air Compressors Around The Home
Spraying paint isn’t the only task you can do around the home with an air compressor. There are lots of functions you can use them for. They can be used in your DIY tools like nailers, power hammers and wrenches and also for clearing up after a renovation. For example, when you’ve removed old paint or wall coverings, the fine dust is hard to pick up so use an air compressor to push it out of the room. Also in your garage, use the air compressor to push out dirt, leaves from the floor.
Did you know the fastest way to use get your inflatable bed and pool is with an air compressor? Yes and in winter consider how useful it would be as a snow machine! Move snow from your driveway or have fun with the family in the yard.
Cleaning your tools after use is faster with an air compressor but don’t attempt to use it on your computer hardware, the high-pressure air is likely to damage the componentry. What you may know is your BBQ gas bottles are filled using an air compressor and your HVAC also uses the system.
An air compressor has many uses around the property and it can make light work of cleaning up after a renovation as well as provide some fun for the family.