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Forum topic by interpim posted 10-03-2009 09:00 PM 1121 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-03-2009 09:00 PM

I have an old household vacuum that has a decent motor but it is beyond it’s useful lifetime inside the house. Does anyone have any ideas what I could use this for? motor or otherwise? I would much rather re-purpose this instead of throwing it out.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 10-03-2009 09:20 PM

If you can reverse the hose from the sucking end to the blowing end, make a manifold with vertical tubes that will fit up into wet suit boots/gloves. Dries them in no time!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-04-2009 12:55 AM

friend of mine used old vacuum motors to run the feeds on his mill.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-05-2009 08:20 PM

Will it still suck enough to work as part of a vacuum press? Get some of those bags for vacuum packing clothes and blankets from your local Bed Bath & Beyond or whatever and use it for gluing veneer?

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 10-05-2009 08:41 PM

speaking of (sorry to hijack the thread!) is it worthwhile modding a used household vacuum for use as a shop vac?

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#5 posted 10-05-2009 09:42 PM

it still has a decent vacuum to it… hoses have holes and pieces are broken from the unit itself though

-- San Diego, CA

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