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How to easily fix/replace central vacuum wall mount bracket?

I noticed one of my central vacuum plates was loose so I unscrewed it and took it off and found that both screw holes were broken. (see attached circled in red.) Are there any easy tricks or ways to ...
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Air Flow using Vacuum and High Air Pressure Air

I am investigating container homes. Something about the modularity appeals to me. Regardless, I am thinking about one of the challenges that they face is to get adequate air flow without cutting ...
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Central Vacuuming: Is it worth it, and how does it compare to normal vacuuming?

I am in the process of buying a brand new home in the US through a builder. The home will be approximately 3,000 sq ft and I was given the option of buying a central vacuuming system for the house. ...
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Functions of 3 position toggle switch on central vac with power head

I am trying to find out what should happen when each of the three positions of the rocker toggle switch are selected on my central so called "gas pump" handle of my central vacuum unit equipped with a ...
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detecting leaks in central vacuum

As part of a room remodel, I had to move the central vacuum power unit. Now, the suction appears to have decreased a little. The most obvious culprit is leaking joints in the pipes, in fact, I ...
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Detect central vac pvc piping in walls

I need to detect the in-wall PVC pipes for a central vac system. Apparently one port was covered up with drywall, so the vacuum is broken and the entire system is useless. I cannot find anything for ...
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shop vac operation - is the filter required if you bag?

I just watched this video... and have a question as a result https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brJ7CQgQs4U Based on what you see in the video, no matter the type of debris you vacuum -- isn't the ...
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Okay to route central vacuum pipe on home exterior?

I'm going to install a central vacuum system and it would be easiest and most convenient to run the pipe out the side of the garage, run along the exterior side of the house, and then directly through ...
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Flexible hose to connect to 2" PVC

I'm setting up a dust collection system in my woodshop. It has lines that I mounted to the wall of 2" outer diameter PVC. I'm trying to connect one end of it to a flexible hose to use as a hand vacuum....
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Central Vaccum Wiring use?

Our Central vacuum cover lid broke, So I was planning on replacing it. I removed it and noticed 2 sets of wires twisted. What exactly are these for?
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Water in my central vacuuming system?

We have a central vacuum system that was installed in our 4 year old new build. It works perfectly but about 6 months ago we found water in the canister. We assumed our cleaners had accidentally ...
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Hoover windtunnel bagless vacuum stopped spinning only when it is not on upright position

when I push the foot lever to lower the handle, the brushes stop spinning on any carpet level setting. Once the vacuum is locked into an upright position, they spin perfectly. I checked the belt and ...
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Bathroom, dryer and central vac - Can any of the exhausts be combined, and can any use the same penetration?

I have these three units within 5 feet of eachother. The place where the bathroom vents to is the only place within reach to have a penetration to outside. My options are to stack these three ...
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How do I deal with a joist in the way of where I need to run a pipe?

I'm in the process of installing central vac lines (2" OD) in a finished house, and I am trying to run a line into the upstairs hallway. I have removed drywall in the garage below and drilled a hole ...
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How do I deal with vapour barrier for central vac inlets in exterior walls?

I'm retrofitting a central vac system, and it will be easiest to put a couple of the inlets in the exterior wall between the garage and the house (the vacuum itself is going in the garage). One ...
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How can I remove a clog in a central vacuum system?

We have a central vacuum system in our house: Somewhere along the line, something got stuck so various rooms do not have suction. How can I unblock it? Should I try fishing it out, or will that just ...
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How should I safely replace Central Vacuum faceplates?

The covers for the faceplates of my central vacuum system have started to break off from age. How do I safely replace these? These are technically wired for electricity right? Is this a job for an ...
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