Replace A Lost Compressed Air Straw With A Ballpoint Pen

Replace A Lost Compressed Air Straw With A Ballpoint Pen

Lost the straw from your can of compressed air? Hack a ballpoint pen to solve the problem.

Photo by arnet117 (Shutterstock).

Reddit user UNBR34K4BL3 points out that you can open up an old ballpoint pen, cut out an empty section of the ink tube, and stuff that into the compressed air can to use as an alternatve. You probably won’t get as much reach from this tip as you would from the original tube, but it should be sufficient to clean out the nooks and crannies of your keyboard or PC. Just be sure there’s no leftover ink inside! As we’ve pointed out before, a a coffee stirrer also works for this.

LPT: that thin red ‘straw’ that comes with condensed air? the one you lost? [Reddit]


  • A friend of mine and I were sick of trying to get around this problem ourselves for ages and so have recently released this product ( on to the market. Currently it’s available for sale on eBay – and will soon be in retail stores across the country!

    Spraysnake is a 2 metre length of spray can tubing you can cut to any length you need. As well as replacing lost compressed air straws, our customers have used it on anything from spray adhesive, to degreaser and fly spray… Tape the end of a SpraySnake to a broom handle, plug it onto your fly spray and nail a spider safely from 2 metres away! Beautiful!

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