Several times on this list, someone has brought up the notion of
making the shop vac quieter. I always chime in with my carpeted
plywood box story, how the box makes it so much quieter, and the first
shop vac was a screaming thirty-dollar bigbox Genie that burned out
after over two years of hard work, and the second one is still going
strong after over a year, so the box isn't causing it to overheat.
Sunday night I hooked the shop vac to my ROS, sanded parts for about
an hour while the wife puttered around the yard. Then we chat a while
and go inside for the evening. And the shop vac is so quiet that while
I'm talking to her as I leave, glance over the garashop to make sure I
didn't forget anything and flick out the lights, I don't notice that
I've just left the vac running, all night and all the next day. I also
should have emptied it after that last project.
So, you folks who told me that a carpeted muffler box would be bad for
my shop vac may now feel vindicated. I had to go out and get a new
shop vac yesterday.
I've GOT to put some sort of indicator light on that box.
(And yes, I'll empty it more often too.)