Monday, January 19, 2009

Air Can Hurt You, Too

My left front tire occasionally gets low on air (no puncture or other damage has been found), so I have to fill it now and then, usually at the Sunoco station on Elmwood Avenue at Hodge Avenue.
I went there today to do so, and some nimrod had forced a penny into the coin slot, jamming the machine. I had several errands to run on Elmwood Avenue, Delaware Avenue and Grant Street, and I could not find one functioning public air hose, even for a fee.
I sometimes wonder if I should map out where these air hoses are located on Buffalo's West Side, and thanks to the Talking Heads for today's post title.

4 Comments:

Blogger mberenis said...

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4:11 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I had the same problem as you... investing in my own air compressor was one of the smartest things I've ever done. Being able to fill my tires at home has taken that stress out of my life :)

8:44 PM  
Blogger Kevin J. Hosey said...

I was thinking about that a bit, Jill; how much do air compressors cost?

Our garage is way at the back of our property, even behind the rest of the house, so winter could be complicated because shoveling the entire driveway is neither fun nor something I really like to do.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

I picked mine up a few years ago when one of the K-Marts was closing down, but I've seen them at Harbor Freight for as low as $75. They last practically forever, so whatever you spend, it's a good investment. You might want to check out Craig's list, too - I've seen them there a lot.

If you get a pancake compressor, they are portable and small enough to keep in the trunk of your car - you can pull it out, plug in and use it when and where it's convenient for you. Or if your house has a porch or hallway near where you park your car, you could just keep it there. All you would need is someplace to plug it in and a hose long enough to reach your car.

If you do get a compressor, not only will you love being able to fill your tires at home - wait until you discover the fun of air tools!

6:39 PM  

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