Compressor Maintenance Tips

With over 35 years in the glass business, Ruth Dobbins offers experience in fused and cast glass, as well as in glass-etching techniques. Ruth holds a Master's Degree in Printmaking and Art History and has been a partner in a stained and fused glass wholesale supply company in Europe, which also placed great emphasis on a training program. For the past 20 years, she collaborated with her husband Norm Dobbins in commission work, writing books and creating videotapes on how-to techniques for glass etching. Ruth taught these techniques for 30 years in the U.S. and other countries. Ruth continues these venues by offering a complete training program at Aliento School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and by teaching at various trade shows, including The Awards & Engraving Show. One-on-one training and consulting services are also offered. You can reach Ruth by email at, by phone at 505-473-9203 and by fax at 505-473-9218. Check out the website at

There are two things you should do on a regular basis to keep up on compressor care: First, check the oil level (this is just as important as with your car) and take a look at your motor belt to make sure there are no signs of a possible breakage. Second, on a much more regular basis, you need to drain your compressor to evacuate any moisture accumulating in the bottom of your tank. The higher your humidity level is, the more often you should drain your compressor.

—Ruth Dobbins, Etch Master

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