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If you own a Craftsman, Delta Shopmaster, DeVilbiss, Husky, or Porter-Cable air compressor, heads up: DeVilbiss (the actual manufacturer of these particular models) announced the recall of about 460,000 compressors due to an overheating problem that can pose a fire hazard.

The picture above (courtesy of the CPSC) shows where to check model number information, but you’ll want to visit the CPSC website (link below) to check the extensive list of affected models, which we sold at “home centers nationwide from January 2003 through December 2004.” Affected Craftsman models were sold at Sears (of course) from September 2000 through December 2005.

If you own an affected model, the CPSC says you “should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled compressors and call DeVilbiss or Sears for a free inspection and repair.”

DeVilbiss Recalls Air Compressors Due To Fire Hazard [CPSC]


So your humidity indicator says there’s moisture present in your air source. Now Once you’ve identified it, you need to remove it don’t you? DeVilbiss has you covered there, too. Their desiccant snake installs in-line — just like the indicator — and will remove the humidity. It also has built-in dirt and oil aerosol filters as well. And it’s compatible with HVLP and conventional systems.

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Whether you’re applying a finish to an old rod you’re restoring, or spraying some poly on a newly-built cocobolo desk, humidity in your air lines is a huge liability; it can ruin and otherwise flawless execution. Like a pregnancy test for your compressor, DeVilbiss’s humidity indicator changes color to indicate the presence of moisture — so you can take action before attempting a one-chance-only finishing process.

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