I use mine for all kinds of things!
Placing pillows and cushions inside of plastic bags and sucking them
down flat and then letting fresh air back into them, plumps them up
and makes them smell nice and fresh again.
Using a secondary collection bucket inline or a piece of nylon hose
across the tube tube joints, makes the vacuum work to pick up for
example spilled beads. The nylon hose across the tube joint keeps
them from making it into the vacuum.
You can dry a kitchen floor after mopping fairly quickly using the
blower side of the vacuum.
Odd things you can do is build a vacuum box to hold large mouth
balloons open in order to put a stuffed animal or silk flower
arrangement inside of the balloon.
Tricky, but it can be used to clear out your sinuses also!
Changing light bulbs in high fixtures without using a ladder can be
easily accomplished using a vacuum hose and wands with the rubber
edged upholstery brush, most of the time you don't even need the
vacuum itself, just the wand and attachment.
I could list several other more elaborate usages, but they wouldn't
apply to most folks. Planting seeds, spreading fertilizer, packaging,
moving heavy items, etc.
Really? How very interesting Gary. Please tell all.
I was a little confused on this one until I realised that the 'hose' is not
the vacuum hose but a stocking. I think that's the case Gary dear? I do
snip tights and elastic band the toe over the pipe to pick up little things
that I've dropped.
A long time ago I had a vacuum that blowed through a hole in the back where
the hose could be fitted if required.
Interesting. I can't quite picture this
I can't picture this either! Oh no! How awfully yucky. Please say it's not
I wish I'd kept my old Vax. It was so handy for lots of jobs like cleaning
drains and sucking up spills and cleaning out my fish tank.
I have an old 2 lb Folgers plasti-can from the year they tried
packaging coffee in them. I cut two round holes in the top and
installed shop-vac fittings into the holes. The outlet hole has a
screen on it, and for the intake I have a very lightweight clear
plastic hose about 3 feet long with a wide bladelike attachment.
Looks like a crevice tool only about 5 times wider at the tip.
It works great for picking up all kinds of dropped things, and being
clear plastic, you can see when it picks up that lost earring or
whatever. I initially made the device when my son knocked over a
large size pail of BBs in the garage over a gridlike floor.
Someone pointed out getting dust on the clean kitchen floor.
I keep a set of wands and short cheap swimming pool hose just for
using the blower feature of the vacuum.
In addition, I had a step daughter who was allergic to everything, so
when we vacuumed her room, we used the hose on the blower side from
the vacuum to the bedroom window, so that particulates that pass
through the vacuum filter would blow outside.
It's just a closed box about a foot square with a 4 inch diameter hole
at the top and a metal ring about 4-1/2 inches in diameter. Special
wide mouth balloons are made for putting stuffed animals inside the
balloon. The metal ring is slipped inside the balloon first then
pulled up to hold the neck of the balloon open. The balloon is placed
inside the vacuum box with the neck and ring sitting on top of the
box, the vacuum is turned on and the balloon blows itself up inside
the box. Often the stuffed animal is affixed to a plastic disk, but I
rarely use this method, just drop the stuffed animal into the balloon
and tie the neck shut. Pop out the metal ring, lift the lid off the
box and remove the air filled balloon with the stuffed animal inside.
When you get a runny nose that seems to eminate from behind the
eyeballs, try it sometime. Use your hand and a hankie as the safety
release so you don't suck your eyeballs through your sinuses and into
the vacuum cleaner, hi hi.....
That's where having an empty container with a couple of holes in it
like mentioned above comes in handy. They also make squeege head
vacuum attachments to help get ALL the water up.
If you can find an old plastic water bottle like the kind for water
coolers, most vacuum hoses will fit the top tight enough, sometimes
with a few turns of electrical tape to make it larger and fit snugger.
Then all you need to do is make a hole in the side near the top the
size of whatever plastic hose you can come up with.
You can glue a PVC 90 degree 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inch plumbers elbow into
the hole in the side with the inlet pointing downward and to this you
can attach most size hoses using various plumbing fittings and clamps.
I do liquid product packaging as a sideline. Over the years I have
built a filling machine to fill the bottles, which can now do 12
bottles at once. However, you still have to pick up the empty bottles
from the box, set them in the racks, then remove them when filled.
To make these two steps quick and easy, I took a 1-1/4 inch PVC pipe,
drilled 12 holes in the side and affixed suction cups to the side of
the pipe. A hole was drilled into each suction cup in the center.
I use a foot switch to turn on the vacuum and just lay the pipe with
the suction cups facing downward into the box of bottles, the vacuum
holds the bottles to the suction cups while I transfer 12 of them at
once to the filling rack. I have a trigger to a flap on the pipe to
break the vacuum rather than turning off the vacuum while transferring
bottles to and from the filling racks.
I've also been working on something else, using blowing air instead of
pegs to align the caps for the bottles in the right direction for the
My old home brew machine for setting caps in the right direction was
simply just pegs along a dowel rod, caps in the right direction would
stay on the pegs, all others would just fall off. This worked great
when we were loading the capper by hand. I even came up with a vacuum
wand similar to the one mentioned above to pick the caps from the pegs
and set them in the capper rack.
Trouble is, I got a new capping machine that uses a cylinder feed
instead of a rack feed so my old system would not work, unless you
loaded the caps by hand. Having them in the right direction did save
time, but I wanted it a little more automated.
So, using the blower side of the vacuum I have this little jet nozzle
that blows against the caps. By adjusting the distance from the home
brew cap lifter to the air jet, caps the wrong way catch air and blow
off the lifter, caps facing the right way stay in the slot. It helps
that the caps are top heavy, being dispenser caps.
My little home brew lifting device looks sorta like a ferris wheel,
but instead of seats has short 3/4 inch long pieces of PVC pipe that
are cut in half lengthwise forming a trough. These are screwed to the
edge of a round piece of plywood forming the wheel. Only about 3
inches of the edge of this wheel sticks into a hopper and as it turns
it picks up caps in the pieces of pipe screwed to the side of the
wheel. The wheel turns fairly slow and passes the jet of air which
blows off caps not facing the right way back into the hopper.
As the pipe holding the cap reaches the top, a piece of coathanger
placed at an angle across the pipe slides the cap out of its seat and
into the capper cylinder.
The only thing I haven't quite worked out yet is how to flip the caps
back into the hopper if the cylinder is full, but I'm close.
I affixed the piece of coat hanger to a door hinge so it won't bend if
the cylinder is full, instead it just moves back out of the way.
And on the floor I have a bucket that catches the unused lids as they
fall out of their seat as the wheel makes it's rotation.
This has been working OK, and I think if I install a couple of cups on
the side of the wheel, it could pick up the caps and dump them back
into the hopper.
That's what I meant by I use the vacuum cleaner for a lot of things
that wouldn't normally be used by most folks.
email@example.com (Gary V. Deutschmann, Sr.) wrote:
Past the nozzle, would the air flow in the hose be fast enough to life
BBs? Did you ever hear of magnets?
Why would you stockpile a large pail of BBs in your garage? Are you
afraid the FBI will storm your house? What are you hiding?
What's a gridlike floor? Did you mean griddlelike? Do you make
pancakes in your garage?
Someone whose name is well known to discerning diners. If you won't
plug me, I won't plug your House of Garage Floor Pancakes.
With a good mop and wringer, a kitchen floor should dry in minutes. If
you need air, a fan will move a larger volume for 2% of the electricity
of a vacuum.
Did it ever occur to you that her allergies were caused by stress, such
as the constant noise of drying a kitchen floor with a vacuum cleaner?
Do you remember to check the bag for gray matter? I suppose if it
occurred to you at all, you'd forget.
You must be a troll from alt.vacuum.repair. Any droplets that get into
a regular vacuum cleaner are likely to be harmful. Wet-or-dry vacs and
carpet cleaners are designed to do that without all your jury rigging.
My carpet cleaner has a cannister eighteen inches in diameter, which
means it would be a lot easier to find a missing item in debris and dust
than it would be with your coffee cannister.
I though you Knoxville folk put your liquid product in milk jugs. That
explains why you stockpile BBs. You're expecting a raid by the ATF,
Speaking of raids, readers know that if they raid their refrigerator and
find it empty, they can come on down to Barbecue Bob's.
Barbecue Bob serving family-style roast bunny
at convenient restaurants
I don't know about the lifespan of BBs, but BBs come in all different
types for different usages. The low end BBs used in most airguns are
steel often with a copper coating. The could be picked up by a
But lead BBs with a Teflon coating as used in professional air-charged
target rifles cannot be picked up with a magnet as the material of
construction is non-ferrous.
The velocity of air in a small diameter vacuum hose to a collection
container is more than sufficient to lift the lead spheres.
That's the ONLY way they come, in a 25lb pail, which is about the size
of a 3lb oleo tub.
Gridlike as I said! The work area of my garage is covered with a
number of interlocking cushion pads of a grid type design. Beats
standing on hard concrete. I chose the grid design rather than the
solid top design because things like sawdust fall between the cracks
and you don't track dirt and sawdust into the house on your shoes.
And with the vacuums I do have, it's easier to keep clean than using a
broom on concrete.
Well, I didn't want to disclose that we stored your food by products,
delivered by the humane society, in the corner of our garage where the
waste lead pellets are stockpiled.
True! But I've never figured out how to get the motor started on a
mop. So I just dump a cup of water with a teaspoon of bleach on the
doggie piddle, vacuum it up with the squeege then blow the spot the
rest of the way dry with the hose at the other end of the vacuum.
Doubt that, she had the allergies already when I got her at 7 years
old. She considered her room a safe haven most of the time. About
the only place she could go where allergies didn't bother her.
So that's WHERE it went!
All of my vacuums except one are of the shop vac variety (not the
brand), I still don't like water getting into them though.
Since moving, I'm working at a disadvantage. I have not installed all
the amenities I had at my old home yet. Such as two central vacuums,
compressed air to crafts room, garage, and even the den. Oxygen lines
to bedroom, den, bathroom and kitchen areas were in my old home. Kept
tubing from being all over the place.
Actually, I'm a born and raised St. Louisan, just moved to Knoxville a
little over a year ago.
In any case, down here they use the good old fashioned jugs with a
large ear for the thumb.
The Moon Shines East and the Moon Shines West, but me Great Grandpappy
made the Moonshine BEST!
They wouldn't find it EMPTY if you hadn't cobbed all of their green
science experiments from it.
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