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5 Essential Air Tools and Accessories for DIYers

Let’s start with the assumption that you already own or will be buying a compressor. These five pneumatic tools and accessories are the basics for woodworking and all-around shop and garage chores.

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Tire Inflator

This is the Cadillac of tire inflators. Depress the lever once the end is engaged with your tire fill valve. A clear readout tells you how much pressure is in your tire, so you don’t need a separate pressure gauge. Sure beats going to the gas station and paying to top off your tires.

If you’re tires are losing air, you’ll want to read this: Fix a Leaking Tire Valve Stem in Two Steps.

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Auto Rewind Hose Reel

Air hoses can be the bane of your existence if you don’t have a way to wrangle them. And the lightweight hoses get tangled up worse than electrical cords. An auto rewind hose reel lets you dole out as much hose as needed, and then rewinds it when you’re done, keeping it out from underfoot.

Have a look at this article to learn how to install one Air Hoses: Install a Retractable Air Hose Reel

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Blower Nozzle

An air nozzle is one of the most-used tools in my shop. From cleaning sawdust out of the nooks and crannies of my tools, to blowing dust off of a project before finishing, to blowing the dust off of myself before going in the house, I can’t see going without it. I like the rubber-tipped variety, as it keeps me from inadvertently scratching finished surfaces.

Want to know more about controlling dust in the shop? Check out 11 Ways to Keep Your Workshop Neat and Tidy.

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Brad Nailer

For building cabinets and furniture, or installing trim, a brad nailer is my #1 fastening method. You’ll get a pretty strong grip, and the holes left are easy to hide with a bit of putty. This one shoots 18 ga. brads from 5/8 in. – 2-1/8 in. long.

Check out these tips on How to Use a Trim Nailer Gun.

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Crown Stapler

When you want a quick fastener with a little more grip than a brad nail, and appearance isn’t an issue, a crown stapler fills the bill. This one shoots 1/4 in. crown staples from 3/8 in. – 1-1/2 in. long. Excellent for everything from upholstery to cabinetry.

Want to put your crown stapler to good use? Learn How to Reupholster a Chair here.

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Brad Holden
Brad Holden, an associate editor at The Family Handyman, has been building cabinets and furniture for 30 years. In that time, he has absorbed so many slivers and ingested so much sawdust that he's practically made of wood.