Air compressors improved for do-it-yourselfers

More choices available as makers solve portability, cost issues

For everything from painting to installing trim, and framing to inflating tires, an air compressor can be one of the handiest pieces of equipment to have around the house. Cost, size and complexity once limited air compressors to professional uses only, but today’s compressors are affordable, easy to use, and offer plenty of power to handle any task you’re likely to encounter.