I have 3 shop vacs but the handiest and the one I use around the house is a
mini. It's easy to grab & use and after attaching a shoulder strap it's also
the most portable.
The latest Consumer Reports, March 2007, has a review of wet-dry vacs
You probably made the right choice because the smaller models with
hoses less than than 2" diameter aren't nearly as powerful, and one
day you may need a lot of power to clean up a big spill. I was
surprised that a wet-dry vac could completely drain a nearly full
washing machine tub in about one second.
I doubt that I would get a big spill. Planning not to cook big. No
family worth cooking for :) The ones one nice enough to be feriend
don't at what I know and like to cook.
Nevertheless, now that you said what you said, I am tempted to keep
the one I bought. But I hardly do things a normal houshold ould and
doubt that I will use it. Are the smaller one good for vacuuming the
car? Powerful enough? Not as much as my kenmore canister hepa
The smaller ones are plenty powerful for cleaning cars and almost as
powerful as your Kenmore canister HEPA. Actually 6 gallons isn't
huge for a wet-dry vac because there are some as large as 20 gallons.
All that boiling water has cooked the rice causing it to expand and further
plug the pipe.
I have had left over cooked rice plug a pipe, rice cooked in the pipe will
be a real challenge to clean out.
If you're right, then I was right to say run the disposal every four
hours. I love being right.
Although maybe that wasn't often enough? I wanted it to be run as the
rice softened but before it expanded too much. I thought cold water
might not work, but maybe it was better because the softening would
take place more slowly, giving more opportunity to find it soft but
not too much enlarged??
Celebration time but one question. But first, what happened was
that.. this guy - I used to refer to him as a boy but now he is 25 and
to be married soon - who lives not far from me, showed up because he
saw my garage door opened. He always passes the street perpendicular
to my street and sometimes he would stop by unannouced. Sometimes I
pretended like I was not home because I don't like people showing up
He had visited me recently. I got his new number but didn't even dawn
on me to call him probably because he is always on the road for his
father's business anyway.
He just used his hand to unscrew those things. He was in a rush and so
I had no time to assemble the sho vac and just used the coat hanger to
clean the stuff. (I'll just return this bulky shop vac and get a
smaller one.) He said that I should put a little bit of draino (not
from the sink with disposal but the other one) foolowed by hot water
to clean the stuff going to the drainage. What do you guys think I
One thing I can do is when my brother visits me in a week or two, I'll
ask him to unscrew these so that I can vacuum.
BTW, this boy, oops, I meant this guy, has been aiming to drive my
Subie since I bought it and now he brought it up again as he was
leaving, passing through the garage. He said what're you doing next
Saturday. He's been asking that ever since I got to know him 2 1/4
years ago but because of his schedule, I never needed to say "No, I
wouldn't go". In the beginning, I was new to this town and was not
against going somewhere like "to go sit by the river". He worked
crazy hours and obviously had no normal life like people his own age.
I don't know whether I should let him drive my subie. He wants to go
to a city 2 hours from here to casino. I hate casino but the route is
nice. I'd better ask how long he plans to stay there. I'll kill myself
if it is longer than 2 hours.
Should I use draino or unscrew the trap and vacuum it when I get the
I don't think you've said whether you have metal or plastic drain
pipes. Although regardless which it is, I don't like Drano.
Now that the water is running through the drain, there might be no
need for anyting more. Not sure, but maybe gradually the water will
wash away whatever is left. I do know that if your sink is draining
quickly, that's good enough. You have a double sink, it seems. So if
the sink withough the garbage disposal is draining quickly, that
accounds for most of the drain. Any other clogs should be removable
by running the disposal. Except for 3 or 4 inches of drain which are
unlikely to be a big problem.
Thanks for helping me.
Btw, if any one wondered why I didn't ask my brother in the first
place, he is not from here. He's just visiting. He doesn't know how
things are set up here. And it's unproductive to get things done
counting on family in my case.
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