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The central vacuum was partially installed without the wiring and then closed over with sheetrock. Is there any way to make it work without having to fishh the wire down through the walls to the outlet?
 

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short of manually going out and turning on the remote unit when you want to vacuum, none I can think of.
 

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What is missing? Line voltage low voltage or both? Some systems have line voltage at the vacuum outlet some do not.
 

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If you do not wish to fish the low voltage wiring to each location you might consider an X-10 home automation system.

You would need 3 components:

A 3 wire appliance module to plug the vac into.
http://cgi.ebay.com/X10-15A-GROUNDED-3-PIN-APPLIANCE-CFL-MODULE-AM466-/400128460461?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d2983c6ad

A transceiver to accept wireless signals from a hand held remote.
http://cgi.ebay.com/X10-TWO-WAY-TRANSCEIVER-RR501-STOP-SIGNAL-COLLISION-/160487141736?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item255dc77168


A hand held remote.
http://cgi.ebay.com/X-10-SLIM-FIRE-POCKET-REMOTE-KR19A-RKR24-/400052074424?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d24f637b8

These items total about $22 including shipping. Plug the vac into the appliance module. Turn the vac's switch on and let the appliance module control the power. Plug the transceiver into a centrally located electrical receptacle. Carry the remote to turn the vac on and off.

I am not associated with the supplier I suggest but have used in the past and they are very good.
 

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An appliance cord with a plug on it (also an extension cord) may not be fished in a wall.
 

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$213 plus shipping :eek: Sounds like the poster has a vested interest- I go with my $22 X-10 solution.
He may, but it is still a viable option.

Remember, your solution is switching the line voltage power source while his is switching the low voltage circuit which is the way the vacuum is supposed to be operated. Can you guarantee that your method will not harm the vacuum? Some people are willing to pay in order to do something correctly instead of with makeshift items pieced together.

BTW, the module you suggested won't be able to handle most central vacuums.
 

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The central vacuum was partially installed without the wiring and then closed over with sheetrock. Is there any way to make it work without having to fishh the wire down through the walls to the outlet?
Without knowing the type of system you have it is hard to give an accurate answer.

It would be nice if you came back to check your replies. From your status I see you left the minute you posted this (four days ago) and have not been back since. :rolleyes:
 

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He may, but it is still a viable option.

Remember, your solution is switching the line voltage power source while his is switching the low voltage circuit which is the way the vacuum is supposed to be operated. Can you guarantee that your method will not harm the vacuum? Some people are willing to pay in order to do something correctly instead of with makeshift items pieced together.

BTW, the module you suggested won't be able to handle most central vacuums.
The appliance module can handle 15 amps. If you want to control it on the low voltage side, use an X-10 Universal Module which can supply a contact closure rated at 5 amps @24VDC

http://cgi.ebay.com/X10-UNIVERSAL-MODULE-UM506-PUM01-X-10-/160497707003?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item255e68a7fb
 

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The appliance module can handle 15 amps.
Ampacity isn't everything, check the HP rating :thumbsup:

As for the rest of your post, I already answered that. ("Some people are willing to pay in order to do something correctly instead of with makeshift items pieced together.")
 

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Some people are willing to pay in order to do something correctly instead of with makeshift items pieced together.
well, if that were the case, he wouldn't be here looking for solutions. He has a solution and that is to install the proper wiring but that would require that "pay in order to do something correctly" thing you were talking about. OP doesn't seem to be interested in that.
 

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well, if that were the case, he wouldn't be here looking for solutions. He has a solution and that is to install the proper wiring but that would require that "pay in order to do something correctly" thing you were talking about. OP doesn't seem to be interested in that.
Running the proper wiring might easily cost more than $213.

But my reply wasn't really to the OP, it was about the justifiable high cost of a piece of warrantied production equipment vs. some X-10 stuff pieced together from eBay and other online sources.
 

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Running the proper wiring might easily cost more than $213.

But my reply wasn't really to the OP, it was about the justifiable high cost of a piece of warrantied production equipment vs. some X-10 stuff pieced together from eBay and other online sources.
what difference does it make if it is more or less than $213. Your statement was:

Some people are willing to pay in order to do something correctly instead of with makeshift items pieced together
You put no limitation on the actual cost. Doing it correctly would be putting the wire in the wall like it's supposed to have. To me, anything less than that is cobbling it together.



and using an x-10 unit (if properly sized and I have no idea what they offer) would be nothing different than the "warrantied production equipment". the x-10 devices are intended to be used to control power to appliances. That would make it also "warranted production equipment".
 

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what difference does it make if it is more or less than $213.
The difference is that you said the OP wasn't willing to do it correctly and buy the $213 devide because he wasn't willing to pay to have it wired. I refuted that by saying it might cost a lot more than $213 to rewire it, he could do it correctly with the linked to device for $213.

This just happened minutes ago, pay more attention to what you post...

and using an x-10 unit (if properly sized and I have no idea what they offer) would be nothing different than the "warrantied production equipment".
Sure it would be much different.


the x-10 devices are intended to be used to control power to appliances. That would make it also "warranted production equipment".
Not when the recommended equipment both switched the power supply which could be harmful to the vacuum and isn't sized correctly to even be used with a central vacuum.

You can argue all you want. Have fun!
 

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We are probably wasting our time with this as the OP has never returned to view the responses and probably never will.
 

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=General;561844]The difference is that you said the OP wasn't willing to do it correctly and buy the $213 devide because he wasn't willing to pay to have it wired. I refuted that by saying it might cost a lot more than $213 to rewire it, he could do it correctly with the linked to device for $213.
No, I didn't say that. You said an x-10 device was somehow less proper than a $213 device, which is not necessarily true. YOU said the OP may balk at the cost of spending more than $213 yet YOU said:

"Some people are willing to pay in order to do something correctly instead of with makeshift items pieced together."


This just happened minutes ago, pay more attention to what you post...
how about you hopping off the horse. It's pretty high.

Sure it would be much different.
No, it wouldn't. Both are simple remote controlled relays.


Not when the recommended equipment both switched the power supply which could be harmful to the vacuum and isn't sized correctly to even be used with a central vacuu
m.obviously the user would have to make sure they used equipment designed to carry whatever load is present. You got those specs on hand? So far OP hasn't tossed out any numbers. as to switching the power to the vacuum; isn't the the intent? If it can harm the vacuum, how about posting something that will support that claim.
 
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