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#1 Earl OFFLINE  

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Posted June 11, 2013 - 08:18 PM

When we bought our house, it had a Kenmore central vacuum system in it. Julie didn't like it so I pulled it out to open up space in the basement and free up an electrical circuit. Well I was down stairs one evening piddling on something and saw the vacuum sitting there. I decided that it needed to be put to use since I probably couldn't sell a 80's vintage central vac system.

Well, putting it in the garage seemed like the best use. I've thought about it for a few weeks, trying to develop a plan of attack. The PO knocked a horrible hole through a block to get power out to the
old pool so I just used a punch and hammer to open up the hole till a 1 1/2" 90* fitting would fit in it snug.

I mounted the vacuum to the wall with tap-cons and started working with the pipes. I figured the gravity would pull stuff down if I didn't do a loop above the horizontal line for each drop so I wound up with this.

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The wall with the vacuum will have another drop near the back and then contine around to the back of the garage near the work bench. The 90* in the top of the picture will cross over the shop to the opposite wall and have two drops on it. 1/2 way across it will have a drop through the front between the doors with an outside drop to help with cleaning out the cars. Each drop will have a power switch on 4-way wiring for easy operation and use Shop-vac branded hoses and accessories so finding parts won't be difficult.

It should be really nice to have once I get it all set up. I will probably have around $150 in pipe, wiring, switches and accessories when I'm done.
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Posted June 11, 2013 - 09:40 PM

That was a good idea. It is always nice finding a use for something that has been just sitting around. Plus it will be nice for you not to have to drag a shop vac around anymore. Good job :thumbs:

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Posted June 24, 2013 - 06:40 AM

On the subject of repurposing parts, it turns out the vacuum hose from our old pool we are tearing down fit the PVC piping with a little trimming. This gives me about 25-30' of vacuum hose! I ran an extension cord over to it this weekend and plugged the open spouts for a test run. I believe it is going to work out really well!

I've got to buy some more piping to finish the plumbing so it will be ready use.
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