DIY: Make cleanup a breeze by building your own air broom

June 9, 2016

What if I told you that you could construct your own compressed air broom that would turn workshop cleanup from boring to exciting?

I'm a stickler for clean workspaces. Whether it's my cubicle, my kitchen counters or my home workshop, I prefer spaces that are organized and, most importantly, clean. But, as any great DIYer will tell you, cleaning up stinks. It's much more fun to make messes rather than clean them up. But what if I told you that you could construct your own compressed air broom that would turn workshop cleanup from boring to exciting?

According to Popular Mechanics: There's nothing wrong with a broom and a dustpan, but this DIY air broom quickly pushes dust and debris of all sizes into manageable piles. Plus it's much more fun to use than any vacuum or broom.

To build this air broom you'll need 1/2-inch PVC pipe, end caps, T-joint, air-valve, and a coupler. Drill 1/16-inch sized holes into the shorter ends of the broom and angle them inward to keep the air from blowing everywhere.

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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