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#1 ol' stonebreaker ONLINE  

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Posted October 07, 2013 - 09:02 AM

thoroughly. I noticed when I took my filter outdoors to blow dust out of it I couldn't see much sunlight shining thru the paper. Took it to the shower w/ the shower head on a hose and washed it w/ the pulsating spray until the water running off it cleared up. Set it on a furnace vent overnite and can now see sunlight thru the paper. It doesn't seem to have suffered any damage from the ordeal and it if works as good as new has saved me about $30. Just thought I'd pass this along.

                                         Mike


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Posted October 07, 2013 - 09:17 AM

A while back I found a big package of universal filters that fit mine, real cheap.  So I tend to go the easy route but your suggestion will come in handy when that package runs out.  :thumbs:   But the wife might have something to say using the shower.  She is usually OK with the kitchen sink but she does have her limit's.  :smilewink:


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Posted October 07, 2013 - 09:26 AM

  HD, take it in the shower w/ you,LOL!!

                                                              Mike


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Posted October 07, 2013 - 10:15 AM

My old Craftsman 5 HP shop vac's filters are pricey and reverse air is good enough for me..  **The only thing I take in the shower is the washcloth BTW!  The fitler has gotta be kinda rough TY very much!



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Posted October 07, 2013 - 11:20 AM

Mike beat me to my comment lol. I was always satisfied with just a reverse air too but will try this.

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Posted October 07, 2013 - 11:44 AM

My old Craftsman 5 HP shop vac's filters are pricey and reverse air is good enough for me.. **The only thing I take in the shower is the washcloth BTW! The fitler has gotta be kinda rough TY very much!

Works kinda like a luffa, I guess?

Thanks for the hint, I usually get years out of mine by banging them out, then blowing them out... Never thought about washing them.

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Posted October 07, 2013 - 02:15 PM

I am anal when it comes to dirty Filters in anything.
I never give mine a chance to get bad. I can tell by the sound of my shop vacs when they need cleaning. Most times a simple blow out with compressed air works, but I also wash them with water and degreaser if need be. Depends on the use.

I've also got spares with are kept clean, that way there is no dry/wait time after cleaning them.
Haven't bought a filter in many years, all part of proper use and care of tools.

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Posted October 07, 2013 - 11:50 PM

I "tap, tap, tap" with a rubber mallet and then reverse air.  My basement machine filter will get a wash in Clorox + water solution to kill any mold after the blowout.  (gratuitous, obvious comment follows) Make sure you're using a "wet-dry" filter if you are going to be using water to clean it.  Some types of filters don't take well to being wet.


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Posted October 08, 2013 - 08:37 AM

  The way I looked at was if the dust wouldn't blow out then I was gonna spend $30 either way.

                                                       Mike



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Posted October 22, 2013 - 04:00 AM

Years ago I bought a washable, reusable filter for my shop vac. It has something else that's tougher than a paper element



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Posted October 22, 2013 - 11:16 AM

Well the old shop vac finally died.  So I got a cheapy from HF and in the instructions it says that the paper and foam elements are washable.  I was a bit surprised, especially since it's a cheapy.



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Posted October 23, 2013 - 06:48 AM

The guys I work with have the Sears brand vacs and have been washing the filters for years. Usually have an extra to use while the other is drying!



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Posted June 26, 2014 - 06:14 AM

Who needs a filter . hook a long exhaust hose up and run it to the neighbors. 


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 10:54 AM

Just ran across this thread. Yesterday afternoon I was watching a program on public TV.
There is a company called Woodsmith thaat publishes a magazine called Woodsmith Shop Tips.
They also have a store in Des Moines that sells premium woodworking tools. That toy store is a place I avoid because temptation is too great.
They featured a mobile shop vac work station that used a cyclone separator and 5 gallon bucket that can be built in the home shop.
The plans are available from them.
It worked very well and cut down dust plugging of the filters by a great deal.

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Posted July 11, 2014 - 03:49 PM

Who needs a filter . hook a long exhaust hose up and run it to the neighbors. 

Everyones got at least one neighbor they dislike. Unfortunately my exhaust hose has to be 100 ft. long.






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