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  • Air Hoses: Install a Retractable Air Hose Reel

    Add a ceiling-mounted air hose reel to improve your garage shop and keep the air power conveniently at hand. You can install it in less than an…

  • Air Compressor Cart

    Effortlessly wheel your air compressor where it’s needed. No need for second trips to fetch hoses, tools and fasteners, they are all self…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Fix an Air Compressor

    A faulty air compressor unloader valve can cause the compressor to stall out, but replacement valves are readily available and the fix is easy…

  • Running Compressed Air Lines in a Shop

    Want to add a compressor to your shop or garage? Learn what the best pipe materials are for a compressed air line— and what not to use.

  • Rebuild a Framing Nailer

    Keep your framing nailer in top working condition and save time and money with a framing nailer rebuilding kit, which includes all the parts…

  • Choosing the Best Impact Driver

    Work faster and better with a cordless impact driver. We show the basic techniques and pick our favorite driver models, after testing many…

  • How to Use a Trim Nailer Gun

    Learn to use a trim gun and you'll never want to pound another finish nail. A trim nailer will give you superior results with less effort

  • How to Choose a Small Air Compressor

    When you’re shopping for a small air compressor, the first thing you’ll notice is that they’re plastered with specifications:…

  • Finish Nailer Tips

    Want to know how to use a pneumatic finish nailer? Want to know how to get the most out of it? Here’s a collection of tips to help your…

  • Reader Project: Compressor Mobile

    I got tired of making three or four trips from my garage to the project I was working on while lugging my heavy air compressor, so this was my…

  • Compressor Creeper

    I store my heavy air compressor on a mechanic’s creeper to make it easier to move around my shop and to take out to the garage or driveway. I…


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