How to Use a Shop Vac
Shop Vac. Just the sound of the two words brings to mind the kind of vacuum cleaner this is. It’s a no-nonsense kind of vacuum cleaner. It’s a basement or garage kind of vacuum. It is more suited to the blue-collar mechanic than to the Martha Stewart homemaker as it is heavy duty. It makes a suitable clean companion for the woodworker, the mechanic, or the individual who enjoys doing home repair. Either way, it’s an invaluable tool for your home, business, or shop.
How do you use the thing? Where should you use it most? And how can you maximize its potential?
Use it For Big Stuff
First of all, realize the Shop Vac is primarily for inhaling larger items. The classic, big-man Shop Vac is almost big enough to take a baseball down its two-and-a-half-inch pipe. And, yes, it is powerful enough to do so. The Shop Vac, therefore, is best employed in situations where there is broken drywall, dropped trash, popcorn spills, etc. The Shop Vac comes in where the household vacuum leaves off. It is not intended to filter the microbial bacteria out of the air, although some optional filters do have the capability.
Use it For Wet Stuff
One of the best features of the Shop Vac is its wet/dry capability. Let’s face it---not all spills and messes involve dry stuff. When your basement floods, your washing machine overflows, your fish tank explodes, or you just need to clean up spilled milk, the Shop Vac can come to the rescue and clean up those liquid spills in no time. Keep in mind the bigger the canister, the more liquid it can draw up. If you’re trying to use the Shop Vac as a sump pump, fine, but it does have its capacity limits.
Use it For Dirty Stuff
Because the Shop Vac is so powerful, it’s perfect for using on those stubborn dirty spots. Where the conventional vacuum may be unable to rip clingy dust from hard-to-reach spots, the Shop Vac can probably prove its might. For example, sometimes debris has the ability to really nestle down in window crevices. The extreme inhalation power of the Shop Vac will remove the dirt, leaving a clean window crevice.
Use it For Weird Stuff
There are jobs in which a traditional upright vacuum just won’t cut it. That’s where the Shop Vac comes in. Most vacs come with a delightful array of attachments that will put the Shop Vac’s power to use in any situation, in any climate, and in any condition. They even sell one specifically designed for cleaning out your clothes dryer! Use your Shop Vac to clean the dirt out from under the hood of your car, clean behind the sofa, to get the insulation out of the heater area or to brush the upholstery in your car! If your Shop Vac doesn’t come with an attachment you need, check the Shop Vac website or local hardware store to search what you’re looking for.
Use it For Big Jobs
The Shop Vac is meant for big jobs. They even market their tool to construction contractors and commercial builders. Whatever your challenge, the shop vac can probably meet it.
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