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Old 12-17-2012, 01:33 PM   #16
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Best way to clean a shop vac filter


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This shows to go ya that there is both a God (and that everything you ever wondered about also, seemingly, can be found on the 'net!)

Just after telling my wife I wanted a "bucket head" shop vac from Home Depot for Christmas this a.m. (it is a power head and hose you attach to an orange $2.75 5 gallon home depot paint bucket), I found a perfectly functional "Brute, by ShopVac" in the dumpster of a mall paint store where I work for the prop. mgmt. co... The hose was full of drywall dust, but the only problem seemed to be that they were running it with the exhaust port covered with a screw-on cap. (they also seem to have omitted an easily fabricated disc that closes the bottom end of the filter just below the ball valve cage: they must've sucked a bunch of dust thru the fan, before they threw it away) But no damage!! In fact, It blows a mighty stream of air with the cap OFF however. But I wanted to really "make it mine" by cleaning their filter.

So, why am I so bold today to also affirm that there is a God? Well, your NAME of course. I'm from WI where squirrels are usually grey, but now from Red State Texas. I love your handle! --I tell everyone that MY Totem animal, if I were a heathen American Indian, would be the SQUIRREL. Because I can see farther down the road than a lot of animals (with the Lord's help) but all I can do is hang up on a branch and scold folks about what's coming. Also, I've planted lots of oaks (and lost lots of acorns) by being what they call, nowdays, "ADD" (hey, its a sign of intelligence in my book. Could Einstein comb his own hair, after all? NO.)

So anyway, off that bunny trail (or is it squirrel trail?) --I had the pleated filter already in the washing machine (its a pretty compact filter on this model) with some cloths, but not yet filled with water, and of course NOT telling the wife, as I'd recommend to the fellow with the dishwasher idea)

Though the pleated filter LOOKS, and probably IS, exactly like pleated swimming pool cartridges I cleaned for years at a pool I serviced (and stored them submerged between uses in a garbage can full of a dedicated filter cleaner solution) I wondered if I just MIGHT destroy the ShopVac filter 'cause maybe it's cheap paper, and only LOOKS buff like a pool cartridge...

Well, all you folks have convinced me that I won't destroy the thing, so here goes. I really believe in Tide laundry soap. I'll report back after the filter dries completely in the sun. And yes, I'm going to use HOT water and even run some cloths with it since I'm alone here right now! -- But this is only recommended for husbands who are already known and accepted squirrels by their wives of course.

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Red Squirrel:

This shows to go ya that there is both a God (and that everything you ever wondered about also, seemingly, can be found on the 'net!)

Just after telling my wife I wanted a "bucket head" shop vac from Home Depot for Christmas this a.m. (it is a power head and hose you attach to an orange $2.75 5 gallon home depot paint bucket), I found a perfectly functional "Brute, by ShopVac" in the dumpster of a mall paint store where I work for the prop. mgmt. co... The hose was full of drywall dust, but the only problem seemed to be that they were running it with the exhaust port covered with a screw-on cap. (they also seem to have omitted an easily fabricated disc that closes the bottom end of the filter just below the ball valve cage: they must've sucked a bunch of dust thru the fan, before they threw it away) But no damage!! In fact, It blows a mighty stream of air with the cap OFF however. But I wanted to really "make it mine" by cleaning their filter.

So, why am I so bold today to also affirm that there is a God? Well, your NAME of course. I'm from WI where squirrels are usually grey, but now from Red State Texas. I love your handle! --I tell everyone that MY Totem animal, if I were a heathen American Indian, would be the SQUIRREL. Because I can see farther down the road than a lot of animals (with the Lord's help) but all I can do is hang up on a branch and scold folks about what's coming. Also, I've planted lots of oaks (and lost lots of acorns) by being what they call, nowdays, "ADD" (hey, its a sign of intelligence in my book. Could Einstein comb his own hair, after all? NO.)

So anyway, off that bunny trail (or is it squirrel trail?) --I had the pleated filter already in the washing machine (its a pretty compact filter on this model) with some cloths, but not yet filled with water, and of course NOT telling the wife, as I'd recommend to the fellow with the dishwasher idea)

Though the pleated filter LOOKS, and probably IS, exactly like pleated swimming pool cartridges I cleaned for years at a pool I serviced (and stored them submerged between uses in a garbage can full of a dedicated filter cleaner solution) I wondered if I just MIGHT destroy the ShopVac filter 'cause maybe it's cheap paper, and only LOOKS buff like a pool cartridge...

Well, all you folks have convinced me that I won't destroy the thing, so here goes. I really believe in Tide laundry soap. I'll report back after the filter dries completely in the sun. And yes, I'm going to use HOT water and even run some cloths with it since I'm alone here right now! -- But this is only recommended for husbands who are already known and accepted squirrels by their wives of course.
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i took two 5 gal. buckets and with some manipulation, turned one of my vacs into a water vac for drywall dust.
works great! no filter needed, but the cleanout is kinda messy......

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Great idea! Do you have two pipes in lid of bucket, one going down below water level, hooked to vac wand, and the other above water level going to your shop vac? So air is drawn from wand down below water level and bubbles up thru bucket b4 being drawn into your shop vac? But why two buckets? Running two in parallel to get every particle of dust, or some other arrangement I can't picture right now? Sounds like ye olde Rainbow water vac, but hundreds of dollars cheaper, to me! Maybe add some fru fru water to the bucket and scent your exhaust air too! And market it to wives: "Get your hubby a dust free and NICE SMELLING shop vac this Christmas" Smile out Loud
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Great idea! Do you have two pipes in lid of bucket, one going down below water level, hooked to vac wand, and the other above water level going to your shop vac? So air is drawn from wand down below water level and bubbles up thru bucket b4 being drawn into your shop vac? But why two buckets? Running two in parallel to get every particle of dust, or some other arrangement I can't picture right now? Sounds like ye olde Rainbow water vac, but hundreds of dollars cheaper, to me! Maybe add some fru fru water to the bucket and scent your exhaust air too! And market it to wives: "Get your hubby a dust free and NICE SMELLING shop vac this Christmas" Smile out Loud
I tried it with one bucket first, but there was so much suction and splashing the filter was soaked in seconds, therefore, I added the second bucket to block the water and filth from clogging the motor. It worked quite well! To empty it, I just separate the two buckets and dump out in the woods. It came in REAL handy when I was doing all the drywall sanding/cleanup. That powder clogs any other vacuum filter in seconds.....

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I can see YOU'RE going to fit RIGHT in here!

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Thanks, sir. Another totem animal, and a dangerous mouse I presume, or mouse like Reepicheep (sp?) who is not afraid of danger, and frightens elephants, etc?

I've got to report back on filter soon, but you get the scoop: After 4 minutes, it appeared it WAS paper, not some white polyester felt like the pool filters. In fact two of the pleats where the paper is doubled in construction seemed to be very clean but slightly swelling after 4 miin. of sloshing in tide with the clothes, so I began to worry it might tear. SO:

Took it out; then all day in 70's F. sun DIDN'T dry it; set it by furnace intake (cold night) and it was fairly dry by morning, but I don't have the patience for THAT, so next time, shake / tap it, and if suction of unit ever seems to reduce, buy myself reusable cloth filter disks online 3 for $6, and foam sleeve from Shop Vac, still cheaper together than ONE new paper cartridge!

Thanks again. I feel welcomed. I'm a micro biz, Google / Bing "outdoor janitorial, Georgetown" if ya car to see what this squirrel does 4 a living.

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