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Tech Tip: Replace Canned Air with a Portable Air Compressor

Oct 05, 2010, 18:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Keeping the insides of our computers clean is a good practice, but canned air is expensive and wasteful. One alternative is portable air compressor.

"My home computers live in a dirty environment; out here in the country we have real dirt and lots of it. So I take them outside a couple of times a year and blow out all the accumulated dirt and bugs. Sometimes it's enough to plant potatoes.

"I quit using canned air because it's feeble and it's expensive, both to me and to the environment. How many millions of those one-use cans are cluttering landfills? I tried using a Eureka Mighty Mite vacuum cleaner. That worked OK after I cobbled up an extra-narrow nozzle out of 3/8" clear tubing.

"But that didn't work as well as I wanted, so I went shopping for a compressor. (Any excuse for a trip to Home Depot or Lowe's is a good excuse.) Originally I was thinking of getting a portable rechargeable canister..."

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