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Forum topic by Alexandre posted 07-12-2012 11:10 PM 3397 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-12-2012 11:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: scary vacuum dust collector

While vacuuming my basement today, I accidentally sucked up a packet of hardware screws.
They were tightly bound together, and I guess it was like sucking up a metal ball.
My ridgid WD1670 I think it’s that model, well, it has this guard that protects the pleated filter from materials flying through, so when the hardware screws came through, it made a LOUD PING and, I thought it caused a spark.
I opened the vac, and took out the metal hardware screws.
The thing is, my dust deputy is in the garage with another vac, so this all could have been avoided.
Luckily there was no spark.
Please share some of your scariest shop vac/ dust collector moments here. It will be a pleasure reading them!

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 01:36 AM

One of my hobbies is competitive BBQ cooking and we use cookers that burn wood pellets. The cooker had been sitting for a couple of days since we last used it and I got the vacuum out to clean the fire pot. Next thing I know there is smoke coming out of the shop vac as the pellets must of been smoldering and set the paper filter on fire. No damage the the vacuum but it did increase the heart rate for a while. Glad it lit while I was in the garage. No more cleaning the cookers unless they have been sitting for a while.

-- Mark - Pueblo, Colorado

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 02:00 AM

Ok this one happened to my dad and I hope that I can relate it properly. Where my dad lived he had a ant problem on the side of the house at the side door. Every year he tried different methods to get rid of them with no compleat success. So one day the ants were out there marching like 50×50 and he decides to suck them up in the vacuum. Now let me say something about the vacuum cleaner he was using, it was a OLD Kenmore canister vac all metal American made back around the time I was made. Well he got the thing out and spent some time sucking up ants, he did a real good job none were walking around on the side walk when he was done. Now you would think getting sucked up in all that dust storm would pretty much kill them. BUT my dad wanted to make sure they were dead, SO my dad took some RAID and sprayed it up the hose then turned on the vacuum AND KABOOM!!!! He blew up the old Kenmore and well the ants were dead. I know it was funnier when my dad told me but I swear to GOD it’s a true story.

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 02:16 AM

Love the ant story! I’ll bet they were really yelling RAID!!

I’ve got one that was little scary and sorta strange. About ten years ago my wife and I were doing our first remodeling project on our 1915 house. We took plaster and lathe off two little rooms (hallways really) and put up new sheetrock. In the course of the project or Shop Vac was a workhorse. It picked up lots of stuff and kept on going. As we were getting to the finish sanding of the mud on the sheetrock we started to notice some beautiful little blue flames starting to shoot out the top. We shut it off and no further flames or damage.

We figured the brushes/motor were going so we went and bought another big shop vac. Finished the project and I took that old unit out to my garage shop to use it till it died completely and to this day it works perfectly. That’s ten more free years of service.

Sheetrock mud dust must be flammable with a nice blue color.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 11:27 AM

I also remember, my grandfather has a single stage dust collector in south Africa, he sucked up. Something sharp, and the dust plastic bag at the bottom popped.
Dust went everywhere, and I remember my grandfather running all his vacuums so they could e air cleaners.

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 06:45 PM

Not scary, but 99% of the time, when I drop a critical piece of hardware (a screw I only have one of, and need it for what I’m working on) on the floor, it vanishes, nowhere to be found.

A few days or so later, when cleaning up shop with the vac, I’m guaranteed to find it. It makes a distinct “you’ll never get me” sound as it gets sucked up into the vac and into the bag that’s usually half full or more because I just vacuumed out and under the table saw.

I do have one of those long arm things with the magnet at the end. Somewhere…

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#6 posted 07-15-2012 05:16 AM


That’s a great story! Glad only the ants got blasted.

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#7 posted 07-15-2012 05:50 AM

I once sanded for three hours and never realized that the ros was not plugged into the dust collector. Where’s all this dust comming from????? Old age- hell I’m not that old.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 07-15-2012 12:50 PM

My scariest moment was not getting caught taking my parents. I stole it from the basement & stashed it in my suv, & high tailed it back to Vermont. I hope the authorities don’t get wind of this!!!

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#9 posted 07-15-2012 01:23 PM

Little help visualizing, Randy. You took your parents and stashed them in your suv and made it across the border without incident?

We don’t need a diagram—maybe just a little explanation there.

Thanks kindly,


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#10 posted 07-15-2012 02:05 PM

When my father passed, Mom said to take whatever I wanted from the basement shop. I chose one of the two shop vacs. Not truelly a crime, just an attempt at some light humor. Apparently very light. I believe it is how the story is told that makes it potentially funny.
Did I tell you about the time I was hit by a car on Lake Champlain…....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 07-15-2012 02:15 PM

Who has a Stainless steel vacuum?
Those have a good reputation of them scaring you when you vacuum stuff :P

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#12 posted 07-15-2012 04:10 PM

I had a Craftsman Vac that was used for anything and everything. One day at Christmas time I was at work and decided to stop home. When I came in the house, there was my wife vacuuming out the Pellet Stove. The paper filter had fallen off and everything she had sucked up was being shot out the exhaust port. The entire living area was filled with black soot and there was a nice black area on the ceiling. We cleaned up the best we could and after the Holiday I had to clean, paint, replace just about everything in that room.

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#13 posted 07-23-2012 03:02 AM

Rob, she NEVER noticed?

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