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Forum topic by NBeener posted 03-22-2010 10:52 PM 3758 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NBeener

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03-22-2010 10:52 PM

Little thing.

Stupid thing.

But ….

I have the HEPA filter on my Craftsman Shop Vac.

Regularly, I lift the lid, and bang the filter “clean” with the edge of my rafter square.

Big difference.

Today, though, I hooked the upholstery brush to the Dust Collector, and cleaned the HEPA filter out more thoroughly.

Now … I’m pretty sure that these filters can, and probably should be washed and dried, but … the difference between a gentle and careful vacuuming and my usual knock-loose method … was night and day!

When I ran the Shop Vac, and cleaned up a bit … it sucked up the neighbor’s black lab, from 100’ away!!

So … a reminder … to keep ‘em clean!

-- -- Neil


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Ingjr

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 11:04 PM

WOW, that’s a heck of a shop-vac you got there. Glad my cat wasn’t around. Good reminder on the cleaning though.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 11:16 PM

I hear you Neil,

I’m not sure if you seen my blog about my dust collector.

I had bought a 1 micron pleated filter for it.

They should be shook daily, or you might as well not even turn it on,

because they plug up so fast.

My Triton router raising mechanism got bound up with sawdust, & I had to take it apart to clean it out.

You can read about it here.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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NBeener

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 11:42 PM

Dick: Nice, elegant solution!!

I commented on your modification, on that post, but … worth saying it again: nicely done!!

Dust is an insidious little critter, and … clearly … an occupational hazard in our world ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 12:26 AM

One thing I have to be careful of with my drill press, is working on light weight objects. I have let them go after turning off the drill, but not turning off the DC, and had them fly a few inches and try to enter the the DC tube. Fortunately the few times it happened to me, the objects were bigger than the tube. Now I am aware, but I have to be on guard.

Of course if an item does get carried down the tube, I could point the tube at the neighbor’s golden retriever and just turn the DC off after he gets sucked in, and wait for him to crawl out with the retrieved object…...............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 12:42 AM

Is this forum topic about Vac Filters – or just a place to tell ”Tall Tales” HA HA.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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#6 posted 03-23-2010 01:26 AM

I have a 10 year old Craftsmen Wet/Dry Shop Vac. 60Litres. 165CF/M Intake and 200 KPH going out. (So it says on the Vac). Runs as well as the day I bought it. I’m a BIG believer in Maintenace on my Equipment.

I thought the Filter was grabbing too much Junk on the way in so I DUCT Taped a Cardboard shield (about 10”x10”) in front of the Filter right at the Inlet. Seemed to help some. BUT!! You’re absolutely right Neil. They HAVE to be cleaned out on a regular basis. I can hear that motor straining if I don’t. I’m still using the regular filter. Never hurts to put a wee drop of oil on the Motor End Shaft either, even if they are supposedly “Sealed”.

Now! I gotta put a 90 Degree “UP” outlet on the “OUT” side. Sometimes I think I’m creating more dust than I’m sucking in. (Basement Workshop) Actually the Out Blow with a medium/small size taper fitting on the end is great for blowing the dust and dirt out of ANYTHING, including ALL of your other Woodworking Equipment and my Entire Garage.

Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 03-23-2010 04:56 AM

My old craftsman vacuum had a cloth pre-filter that fit over the cartridge, so I used that on

my new vacuum. It keeps the pleats from filling up as quick.

I was thinking that stretching an old nylon sock over it would also work.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 05:04 AM

So it was YOU making that giant sucking sound! I thought it was my mechanic adding up the cost of my car repair.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#9 posted 03-23-2010 03:52 PM

Kevin
It’s like my dish washers. I have two older units, F-P dish drawers, one installed over the over, that after many years of abuse started to give us trouble. We have another single unit in the island so we are using it while never ending repairs go on for the other units. I like them because I usually just use the top unit and I don’t have to bend down to get the dishes out, a virtue re my life-long congenital back issues. If it wasn’t for the fact the units cost so much, I would have replaced them. Now the repair costs are about half the value of the units new, and I could have, should have, just thrown them out and bought one new unit.

Yup, there goes my money down the drain again…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 03-23-2010 03:59 PM

Neil,

Good reminder. I typically knock the dust out of mine once a month or so, and wash it once every 6 months… But I use a Thien in front of mine.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 03-23-2010 04:11 PM

Jim,

That’s how most of everything you buy nowadays. It’s cheaper to replace than repair.

Another thing, I never buy the extended warrantee the store tries to sell you when you buy something new.

I figure that if it lasts through the free 1 year warrantee, your pretty safe on getting much longer service out of it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#12 posted 03-23-2010 06:03 PM

Dick
Those dishwashers, about 6 years old, had one other repair, that included an upgraded item. So in for a nickel, in for a dime. So then when it came to repairing them again, we pondered, and did it. But they are upgrading parts as they repair, so much of the dishwasher parts are better than the original. It was also a decor issue, and they match the other stuff, including another dishwasher. They still look like new. Oh well, it was a coin flip.

The only thing I buy an extended warranty on is portable computers, usually 3 years. After that, it is better to buy new. Portables hang in there about 4 to 5 years, then they become obsolete, and if they are still working, I give them to one of my kids. They are hauled around a lot, and because I tend to max out the components on computers, because of the heavy demands I put on them, they are expensive, and not repairable by me. Desktop computers are fixable by me, so if something goes wrong, I can figure it out and replace it. So no extended warrantee there.

I bought the ultimate warranty (meaning if I pour coffee on it or drop it, they still repair it) on my current portable, and sure enough I used it. It wasn’t charging right after a year, so HP sent me a box, I put the computer in the box, and I had it back in 6 days in perfect condition. No charge for anything. That works particularly well with a portable, since use is episodic. I got it repaired before Sherie needed it on a trip to Salt Lake.

I also find the extended warranty on automobiles works for us because we drive them at least 7 or more years. So we get a warranty for 7 years on them. Everything else is a throwaway.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 03-24-2010 12:08 AM

Man, I was wondering what happened to my dog… Now I know!

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#14 posted 03-25-2010 02:09 AM

mtkate: she was very well taken care of, and … no bother at all. Hope she made it back okay ;-)

Jim Bertelson wrote: ”Of course if an item does get carried down the tube, I could point the tube at the neighbor’s golden retriever and just turn the DC off after he gets sucked in, and wait for him to crawl out with the retrieved object……............(-:

Chuck a biscuit in there, and you’ll likely have to fight to keep them out of your DC.

I’d have to think, though … that the impeller can wreak havoc on a canine’s nose.

For grins and giggles, I could rewire the DC to run backward. I bet I could launch a lab a good 75’, out of the HF DC :-)

“Lab rat”?

-- -- Neil

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