How to Use an Air Compressor

If you happen to be into DIY stuff, then you’d surely know how important it is to use pneumatic tools. Some of the most used pneumatic tools include nail guns, jackhammers, drills, wrenches, and chipping hammers. However, if you’ve ever used a pneumatic tool before, you’d know that they require compressed air to perform their function. Considering this, you’ll also be needing an Air Compressor along with your pneumatic tool.

Although using pneumatic tools can be a piece of cake, it can be tricky to use an Air Compressor. After all, you’d first have to learn how to set up the compressor, operate the compressor, and shut it down. So, if you’re interested in learning all that, read on as we tell you the easiest ways of doing so.


Set up the compressor

The first step to using your compressor is to learn how to set it up. Nevertheless, the procedure isn’t all that difficult but make sure to do the following steps as we’ve said so.

STEP 1

In case you happen to own an old or large compressor, chances are that it will be oil-filled. So, if that’s the case, the first thing you need to do is check the oil level of the pump. The bottom of the compressor’s ends should have a dipstick, like the one you’ll see in a car’s engine. After pulling it out, you should see if the oil touches the 2/3 mark on the stick. If it does, then it’s all set and good. If not, you need to pour more compressor oil into the tank.

STEP 2

Now you need to put your compressor on flat ground and look for the regulator valve. You can find it close to the smaller pressure gauge on one compressor’s end. In order to identify this valve, make sure that it has a metal plug that’s copper in colour and has a hole in the middle. Once you’ve located the valve, you need to attach the pointed end of the hose to it and you’re all good.

STEP 3

In this step, you’d have to attach your power tool to the hose. For doing that, we recommend holding the power tool and the hose in each one of your hands. Now you need to fit the plug of the tool into the free end of the hose and start twisting them. Keep twisting until a stable connection is formed between them.

STEP 4

The last step to setting up your compressor involves plugging it into an outlet. Before doing so, you need to make sure of two things. First of all, the power outlet should be 3-prong and grounded. Secondly, you should turn off the power switch of the compressor, if it isn’t already. With this step, you have successfully set up your compressor. Now, it’s about time we learn a thing or two about you can operate it.


Operate the Compressor

Now that you know about setting up a compressor, you’d know a thing or two about how it works. With that being said, its operation can be a whole different ballgame, so let’s have a look at it.

STEP 1

First of all, before using the compressor, you have to make sure that you’re safe enough to do so. After all, power tools can be quite dangerous to use, if proper measures aren’t taken. Accordingly, we recommend wearing safety goggles that are made out of polycarbonate. If you want to go the extra mile, boots or shoes that are closed from the toes would do.

STEP 2

Before you start the Air Compressor, there’s another thing that you need to do. With the hose line, you will find a plug that’s copper in color. We call it the safety valve, and it helps you to test the compressor. After locating it, you need to pull it and see if any air is escaping from it. If it is, then it means that your Air Compressor is working just fine.

STEP 3

Now you can finally start your Air Compressor by flipping the tank’s electrical switch. Right after you do that, the machine will tell you itself that it’s working with a buzz. You also need to look at the larger pressure gauge located on the side of the tank. Once the needle stops moving, it means that the maximum pressure has been reached and you’re all set to move to the next step.

STEP 4

The next step is to note the needed pressure for your Air Compressor. In most cases, you will find this pressure on the tool itself. There should be letters or a sticker on the underside of the tool, close to the handle. With that being said, there is a chance that you won’t find it there. If that’s the case, you need to have a look at the user manual that came with your Air Compressor.

STEP 5

Look at the hose and search for the pressure regulator knob. Now you need to rotate it counterclockwise to increase the air pressure while looking at the smaller pressure gauge. Keep doing so until this pressure matches the needed pressure that we found in the previous step. Once it reaches that level, your Air Compressor should be all ready and you need not worry about anything else.


Turn off the Compressor

Once you’re done using the Air Compressor, you should turn it off. However, that is something you need to learn as well.

STEP 1

The underside of the air tank should have a valve you need to rotate counterclockwise in order to remove moisture. Once that’s done, you can close the valve again by rotating it clockwise.

STEP 2

Now you can turn off the Air Compressor. But, before doing that, you should close the air supply of the hose by twisting its pressure regulator knob. With this, you’re all set to turn off your Air Compressor. Moreover, if you want the pressure to leave the machine more quickly, pulling the pressure relief valve should do.

STEP 3

Lastly, you should start unplugging the machine from the wall. After that, we also suggest removing the hose which should be easy since there will be no pressure in the tank.

So that your Air Compressor lasts longer, you should store it in your closet or any other area which has a dry, temperature-controlled atmosphere. Other than that, if you happen to own an oil-filled compressor, you can maintain it by getting its oil changed after every 12 months.

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