To keep air compressor hoses stored neatly, attach a garden hose reel to the wall of your shop or garage near the compressor and coil the hose around it.

When screwing the hose reel to the wall, insert a wood shim between the reel and wall on the bottom screw hole so it tilts the reel upward slightly. This allows you to keep air tools in the center of the reel without falling out.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Joe Truini: If you’re one of the many homeowners who are now using air powered, pneumatic tools around the home and yard, you may have discovered you now have a storage problem. You have the compressor, air hose, tools, fasteners. Where do you store them all?

Well, first, I recommend keeping them all in one place. For storing the hose—the air hose itself—go out and get yourself a plastic hose reel. This is designed for holding a garden hose, but it works great in the shop as well.

On the back is a keyhole slot, so I started one screw. I’m going to slip a wood shim on there, and I’ll explain why in a minute. Then simply put on, the screw, put the screw through the hole, and tighten it up. OK, straighten it out a little bit. Then put one more screw in the top, just to keep it from spinning around. There we go. Nice and secure, just two screws.

Now you have a place to store the hose, readily accessible whenever you need it. And for the tools themselves, you can store in the shelf.

But because this is designed to be stored outside, this shelf is pitched down, so water runs off. That’s not a problem indoors, right? So that little shim tips it back so your accessories and tools can stay in there without sliding off.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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