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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 04:25 PM

As a person who gets to do this a lot, I doubt my techniques are very enlightening. It’s a multi step process. 1st, I knock on the sides of the filter while it’s still mounted with the palm of my hand, just to knock what dust I can into the bottom canister. Then dismount it, sit it on the floor, cover the top opening with a scrap piece of wood, and blow it out from the outside. I take it off to do this because I can get around it easier, can’t quite get the back side while it’s still on the cyclone. This has the unfortunate happenstance of leaving a very large pile of very fine dust on the floor. I sweep what I can into the dust pan and throw it out (literally, into the wind). the shop vac with drywall bags gets the rest. Next, I’ll lay the filter on it’s side on the floor and lift one end and drop it, maybe 12” or so. This helps dislodge more dust in the pleats, I rotate it and do this several times. The final step is to carefully vac the inside with the shop vac and the brush, requires considerable care. It’s now as clean as I know how to get it. All this takes about 20 minutes and I almost always do it every time I empty the dust bin, one of the reasons I want to get a CV, mine just lets too much dust to the filter. All this, and it’s still not as clean as I would like; oh well!

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