Brad Rates the Best Air Compressors to Use at Home

Brad Rates the Best Air Compressors to Use at Home

Hey, guys


Brad here. Today from the Seattle Dudes Club, the wonderful world of air compressors. I was first introduced to these machines when I was visiting my uncle’s farm and watching him work on his old tractors. He used this massive old air compressor in the corner of his shop to do just about everything from spray-dusting old equipment to using air wrenches to knock big bolts loose. I always wanted one, but I’ve never really had a big need for one.

Anyway, the more I’ve been getting into tools and DIY stuff with  the Dudes, I’ve been wanting to revisit the old air compressor dream. A few months back, I was driving back from work and I broke down on the highway a ways out of town. I had a flat, somehow, and I had to wait about 2 hours for AAA to finally show up. While I was sitting there swearing, I thought I’d finally had enough of waiting around for a man with a toolbox to come fix something I should be able to fix myself.


So, I went online in search of the best 12v air compressors to use on the car the next time I needed to get a spare tire up and running. I saw lots of crappy little ones from AAA that were pretty cheap, but I like to go full-bore with any tool and get the ultimate one. Anyway, even the nicest 12V models were under $100.


The first one I got was a little tire compressor from Viair that I keep in the back of the car now for when something goes wrong. I also finally started to pay attention to what my mechanic’s been telling me for years about tire pressure being something I should keep track of. Now I’m kinda obsessive about keeping them even and pumping things up when roads are good in the summer. I’ve definitely seen some better mileage, and I notice the difference in handling too. Anyway, I got the biggest, most tricked-out compressor they made for 12V power, and it gets everything done in a few seconds.


I’ve gotta say, I know you can’t use a 12V one for tools or anything like that, but it’s been surprisingly useful around the house and in the car. It’s great for my air mattress when people come over, since I can just blow it up in the garage and carry it back in with me. I use it to pump up soccer balls when I’m coaching my nephew’s soccer team, and it’s really handy to have at the beach when we take a trip with beach balls or inflatable rafts. Everyone else is pumping away with a bike pump and I’m just sitting back and getting my beach vibe on.


If you don’t have a 12V compressor in the car, I definitely recommend the Viair 88P, which is the one I went with. It’s kind of expensive compared to other ones, but it’s the most powerful one I’ve found, and it doesn’t feel like it’ll fall apart anytime soon.  


The love affair continues:

I just got a little Rolair to use in my workshop now when I’m at home, and it works like a dream. Honestly one of the best tools I’ve bought. I’m still kind of in the acquiring stage with air tools, but I use this one for a little finish sander and for my nailguns. It does any nailing job pretty easily, but that said I only really do smaller framing stuff and I’m not putting a house together or anything. The Dudes might laugh, but I also think this is like the cutest machine I’ve ever seen, and that’s important. I mean, you don’t get to love R2D2 because of what it does, right, it’s about the personality. It’s a cute machine. That’s perfectly fine in my book.


Check out and look at the Rolair to see the one I’m running. It’s pretty cheap and very capable, so I’d definitely suggest it if you’re getting your first one. I probably will get a bigger one at some point in the future, but I have to say that between the quietness of this one and the cute factor, I’ll definitely keep it as my main tool for smaller jobs.

How to Spend a Dude’s Weekend in Seattle

How to Spend a Dude’s Weekend in Seattle

How to Spend a Dude’s Weekend in Seattle


Seattle, the perfection place for a Mancation. With its choice of transportation, making it so simple to get around the city, Seattle has everything you want be it a few drinks with the boys or visiting the sites and markets. There is something for everybody.


Most people think of the Space Needle, Seahawks and Mariners when thinking of Seattle and these are great reasons to go but it has so much more to offer. Nightlife, art and is a foodies paradise. It would be easy to spend a weekend there and not even begin to scratch the surface.

Planning your guy getaway should be first on your list. There is accommodation to suit every taste and budget. If you want to be right in the heart of the action, Pan Pacific Hotel or The Westin is perfect, maybe you want to be near the home of the Mariners, the Silver cloud Hotel is directly across from Safeco Field. Cabins and vacation rentals abound too and they are all within close proximity of everything you need.
Gold prospectors of years gone by used Seattle as a stop on their trip to Alaska. It is the perfect place to take a few days to prepare for your trip and is the main embarkation point for cruises heading up north.


Seattle caters to everybody’s tastes. Want to check out the music , sci fi and pop culture scene? Heat to the EMP museum. Cycling, kayaking and paragliding are all catered for as Tiger Mountain tours. Taking some time to cycle through Seattle is well worth it. For those daring enough, tandem flights will ensure that you see the breathtaking Cascades, Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound.
The food choices in this city are amazing. From the SkyCity restaurant, situated in the Space Needle to delectable chowder at Ivar’s on the pier, Pike Place Market exquisite chocolate or visiting the original Starbucks, foodies will delight here. Seattle is legendary for the local seafood which is fresh and found in many restaurants, which is reason enough in itself to visit.


There is no way that Seattle can be done in a weekend. Kayaking, football, paragliding or downing a few beers with the boys can all be done within walking distance of each other. This makes Seattle the perfect destination for a once in a lifetime guy’s escape.
Round up your friends and start organizing what will surely be the one of the most memorable and amazing getaways in a long time.

Tools You Need for DIY Projects

Tools You Need for DIY Projects

Tools You Need for DIY Projects

For those who have seen Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects posted online that they really want to try, but they have no idea how, this list of basic tools to help with the projects will be invaluable. By investing in these few tools, you can put yourself in a great position to do a lot of DIY projects in the future that you can be proud of for the rest of your life.

As with virtually everything, there are dozens of brands and specific types of tools that you can choose from, so deciding on the right ones for your DIY experiences can be difficult. This list includes basic tools that are commonly chosen by both beginners and experienced DIYers alike, so they are sure to please everyone. Aside from this list, there are some other tools that might be good for more specialized projects, such as a portable air compressor or a power drill.


  1. A standard level

What it does: A level is a long tool that almost looks like a ruler. It has a container in the middle that has a small amount of liquid with a bubble in it. Surrounding the bubble are two lines, and when the bubble is in between the lines, then the level is straight.

An example: Levels can come in handy when hanging shelves. Simply lay the level on the shelf, and when the bubble is aligned with the two lines, you know the shelf is straight.

Recommendation: A Task Force Standard Level can be bought at your local Lowe’s. They are available in a variety of sizes, so there is one for every DIY project.


  1. A tape measure

What it does: A tape measure does what its name implies — it measure. Tape measures come in a variety of sizes, so they can measure virtually anything you want.
An example: Figure out what size most of the rooms in your home are, and choose a tape measure that can measure that length.

Recommendation: There are hundreds of tape measure brands, and any of them will do the trick for your DIY projects.


  1. A speed square

What it does: This handy tool can be used to measure short lengths and to make accurate, straight marks. It is especially nice when accuracy is of utmost importance, and is great for marking corners, where angles of 90 degrees are imperative. Some speed squares even have a lip on them so that they can hold their spot against a block of wood.

An example: Even though a tape measure can be used for measuring things, it does not have the same accuracy as a speed square, and it also has no capabilities when it come to measuring off 90 degree angles.

Recommendation: The brand of speed square is not important, but make sure that the one you purchase has a lip and all of the features that you want.


  1. A hammer

What it does: A hammer is useful for driving nails into wood, and the opposite side can be used for extracting unwanted nails. There are a lot of different handles options, such as wood, fiberglass, or other options.

An example: The most common use for hammers in DIY projects is hammering nails into wood, but they can also be useful for busting through unwanted drywall.

Recommendation: A one pound hammer is the best, most versatile choice. It is light enough to be easily maneuverable, but it is heavy enough to carry a lot of momentum. Choose whatever handle type feels best to you.