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The Thrize Guide to Ultra Quiet Air Compressors

Air compressors can power air brushes, paint sprayers, and pneumatic tools, and they can fill a tire that’s low on air.  They work by pressurizing (or compressing) ambient air and then releasing that air on demand.  Finding the best one to meet your needs can be tough, but knowing the basics about how they work and what separates one model from another can make the process easier.

One of the first things you’ll notice about compressors is that they typically store air in a tank.  Air is drawn into this tank, where it is pressurized.  The tank will run out of air eventually, and the compressor will have to stop long enough to refill.  As you might expect, machines with larger tanks generally cost a bit more and are heavier, so you’ll need to decide whether any extra expense and weight are worth the convenience of fewer stops and starts.  There are some models that compress air as it’s drawn in instead of relying on a tank.  While these models are the least expensive, smallest, and lightest, they are also the least powerful by far.  They can be great for keeping in the car in case a tire gets low; just be sure to consult your car’s owner’s manual to make sure that a compressor’s power requirements don’t go beyond what your car can handle.

When it comes to noise levels, look at the decibel (dB) rating for any models you consider.  To give you an idea of what different dB levels mean, consider that a normal conversation usually generates about 60 dB, and a chainsaw clocks in at about 110 dB.  Remember, too, that using any machine in an enclosed space can make it seem louder than it really is.  If you have to have an ultra quiet air compressor, check out this list of some of the quietest models available.  They aren’t the most powerful compressors, but are great for finish work and smaller to medium jobs.

When it comes to deciding how powerful your air compressor needs to be, you’ll come across three measurements related to power.  Horsepower (HP) is really the least important number.  This is because an air compressor’s pure power doesn’t mean much on its own; instead, you’ll want to know more about the PSI and CFM.  PSI stands for pounds per square inch and refers to how powerful the air stream delivered to your project will be.  A higher PSI rating means the air will come out more forcefully.  Deliverable cubic feet per minute, CFM, tells you how much compressed air your machine can deliver.  If you do multiple types of jobs that have different air-delivery requirements, consider a model that allows you to adjust settings to suit your work.  If your work is consistently the same, you might be able to spend less on a model that has only one setting.  If your jobs are lighter duty (like airbrushing), there’s no real need to spend maximum dollars for maximum power that you’ll never actually use.  

When it comes to your power source, air compressors are generally gasoline, electric, or battery powered.  Gasoline-powered models are usually the most powerful, but are also the most expensive and could be inappropriate for use indoors or in tight spaces due to the exhaust.  Electric models, in addition to being less powerful, can also be inconvenient if you need to move the compressor around in an area that’s not outlet-rich.  Battery powered models are limited in that they can only run as long as the charge lasts, so be sure you know what the usual run time per charge is if you opt for one of these.

When it comes to portable models, compressors will either be small enough and light enough to carry or mounted to a wheeled rack for easy rolling.

Visit aircompressors.reviews for comparisons, including pros and cons, of some of the best models for users at all levels.

If you’re a DIYer looking for a lighter-duty unit or maybe looking for something that could be appropriate for a car towing service or roadside assistance use, this site compares some of the best portable models.

Lauren’s Best Tips for Being a Stepmom

The role of stepmother is one that is often misunderstood by society in general and certainly it is one that receives very little support despite it having many challenges, particularly in the early stages of a stepmother/stepchild relationship. If you are struggling with the challenges of step-motherhood the following tips are designed to help you become the contented stepmom you deserve to be.

  1. Enjoy Spending Time with Stepchildren

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In order to develop a good relationship with your stepchildren it is going to take time. Not just time as a family but one-on-one time with each child so they can get to know you and you them. The emphasis here is on quality not so much quantity. While it would be nice to spend hours each day doing fun things with your stepchildren in most households this is just not possible. Set aside a certain amount of time each week for each child when they know they will have your undivided attention. Find some common interests such as sports or hobbies that you can share. Insure your stepchild knows that you have allocated that particular time for just them.

  1. Leave Discipline to Their Father

One of the quickest ways to alienate your stepchildren is to be the one always responsible for discipline. Their father should take the majority of the responsibility for insuring his children behave in an appropriate manner, thereby leaving you to have a chance to build a positive relationship with them. It is quite common for re-married fathers to allow responsibilities for caring for the house and his children to fall on the stepmother, which is both unfair and unreasonable. Make sure he understands that he cannot shirk his responsibilities regarding his children’s welfare just because you are now married. If he is unable to step up and meter out appropriate discipline for his own children then rough times are ahead for all of you.

  1. Establish House Rules

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Every household needs rules that everyone lives by in order for it to function in a positive way. Constructing a list of house rules with your husband and having him help enforce them will let stepchildren know what is expected of them now that you are all a family. If children are old enough encourage them to give their input. Discuss how the rules are to be enforced and appropriate disciplinary measures should they be breached. Make sure you and your husband work as a team so that present a united front that children can’t bypass.

  1. Have Date Night with Your Husband

While you may be trying to establish good relationships with your stepchildren is important to not allow your relationship with your husband get pushed aside. You and he both need ‘time out’ from the stresses of raising children and running a busy household. Your connection with each other needs to be maintained at all times and having a date night once a week will give you an opportunity to foster your own relationship and have some grown up fun!

  1. Don’t Expect Yourself to be Perfect

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Naturally you want to love your stepchildren as much as you love your own but love cannot be forced no matter how much we might wish it would magically happen. Long lasting loving relationships take time to build. Just as you may be finding it difficult to feel real affection for your stepchildren they are probably dealing with the same problem. Allow love to grow over time. In the meantime remain the kind, compassionate and respectful person they and their father need you to be. Just be nice and enjoy the process of building a relationship built on respect. Love will come in time. Accept that it is okay to not immediately feel love for them and that it is okay for them to not automatically love you too.

  1. Lead by Example

Children emulate the behavior their parents exhibit so showing your stepchildren that you are able to be respectful and kind at all times will give them a good example to follow. Both you and your partner treat each other with loving respect so your stepchildren can see how a good relationship works. This will also provide them with some security in knowing that you and their father are happy together. Make sure your husband realizes that the way he treats you is likely to be the way his children will treat you too.