3 Unexpected Applications of Air Wedges

An air wedge is an inflatable, wedge-shaped bag made of vinyl, ballistic nylon, and other strong, flexible textiles. This bag lies flat, allowing it to be slipped under heavy objects, between objects that need to be moved apart, and between a moving component and an unmoving surface (like a locked car door). By slowly inflating the flat bag, it can allow users to, for instance, access the lock mechanism of a car door.

While this is the most common use for an air wedge, it is far from the only one.

An Air Wedge Can Be Used When Locked Out of a Car

A good quality air pump wedge is the perfect auto lockout tool. This tool is designed to wedge between the door and weather stripping to make an opening large enough to insert a car-unlocking tool. The air pump wedge should be large enough to allow tools to be inserted and the manual lock mechanism to be accessed. An air wedge like this is a common tool among roadside vehicle assistance services.

Medical Uses for an Air Wedge

It is not uncommon to see air wedge technology used in a medical setting, like a hospital or skilled nursing facility. An air wedge can be used to adjust a patient’s head, chest, and neck positions. As a medical tool, it is convenient and versatile, making it ideal for use in many patient care settings. Using the cushioning properties of the inflatable chamber, patients can enjoy improved comfort and function during treatment.

Air Wedges Can Be Used in Your Home

An air wedge can be used to lift up furniture or to adjust cabinet heights. A good air wedge is made of rubber and nylon, which are both flexible and have a textured surface. Often, an air wedge is placed at the base of a cabinet or drawer. The air wedge can work to safely lift the furniture from its position.

Another type of air wedge is the air shim, a durable air wedge made of fiber-reinforced, non-marking material. A shim like that can lift up to 300 pounds, making it ideal for doorway installations, appliances, and window spacing. Any construction project that involves moving heavy objects with care and precision could use an air wedge.

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