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Old 09-15-2016, 06:22 PM   #21
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X3 for the Bucket Head. I also use it to inflate the AB RIB that has a slow leak. Takes seconds.
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Old 09-15-2016, 06:23 PM   #22
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Suck start a Harley Davidson. Or maybe that was someone I once knew.
We have a compact Shop Vac, I`d like a larger one but it is easier to store, and does a multitude of jobs. Our marina mechanic is always cleaning/drying bilges with his.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:58 PM   #23
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I have one on board that I've used for several of the above mentioned uses.


A funny story about a small shop vac that happened last week. I'm having a new swim platform built. We had to remove the cleats from the area around the transom so the fiberglass guy could wrap the gelcoat up the sides of the transom.


To get to the back of the cleats the fiberglass guy (he's about 5'5", 125#) crawled down into the lazarette and found an opening that he could fit through to get to the cleats. What he found was a space back there that was large enough for him to easily move around in.


While in there he also found a small shop vac that must have been left behind by the yard that put on the swim platform that I'm now replacing. He brought it out and asked me if it was mine. I told him it wasn't and gave it to him.


I didn't even know that space existed let alone that it was big enough for a person to move around in.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:34 PM   #24
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How many use the head that drops on a 5 gal plastic bucket?
I've often looked at them while wandering around HD.
I have a "bucket head" on Cheers and have used it to vacuum up casual water in the bilges, collect loose dust and dirt in hard-to-reach spaces, pick up "stuff" from the carpet. I like it better than a dedicated shop vac because of its flexibility; having a bucket around is always helpful. Good $20 investment IMO.
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:44 PM   #25
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I didn't even know that space existed let alone that it was big enough for a person to move around in.
The smaller the man, the larger the boat.
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:06 PM   #26
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One of the best reasons to have the shop vac is to suck up spills on rugs. Most anything can be sucked up if you pour water on the spill. Plenty of it. Suck it up and repeat. If you're fast you might even save a light colored rug from red wine. Perhaps cleaners like Simple Green would even be more effective but flammables would probably be too exciting.
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One of the best reasons to have the shop vac is to suck up spills on rugs. Most anything can be sucked up if you pour water on the spill. Plenty of it. Suck it up and repeat. If you're fast you might even save a light colored rug from red wine. Perhaps cleaners like Simple Green would even be more effective but flammables would probably be too exciting.
I agree, Eric, but first I try to treat those stains and spills with Wine Away and Folex. Both of these products are amazing. Watch the stains disappear before your very eyes!
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:25 PM   #28
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:24 PM   #29
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One of the best reasons to have the shop vac is to suck up spills on rugs. Most anything can be sucked up if you pour water on the spill. Plenty of it. Suck it up and repeat. If you're fast you might even save a light colored rug from red wine. Perhaps cleaners like Simple Green would even be more effective but flammables would probably be too exciting.
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I agree, Eric, but first I try to treat those stains and spills with Wine Away and Folex. Both of these products are amazing. Watch the stains disappear before your very eyes!
Try these inexpensive & readily available alternatives...

We have dumped red wine on white upholstery and removed easily...

Dump salt on the wine ASAP and let it work - soaks up the liquid
Vacuum up the red salt
Repeat if salt is still drawing red wine
Apply hydrogen peroxide - let stand and watch any remaining red disappear then blot dry w/ a towel

Hydrogen peroxide works equally well on blood stains and other organic stain
Safe on most fabrics and doesn't bleach colors as many believe
We keep a bottle on board as it has many uses - see...

Surprising uses of Hydrogen Peroxide
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Hydrogen peroxide works equally well on blood stains and other organic stain
Safe on most fabrics and doesn't bleach colors as many believe
We keep a bottle on board as it has many uses - see...

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Injected it into hot water tank this summer in attempt to remove sulfur smell. Worked.
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Injected it into hot water tank this summer in attempt to remove sulfur smell. Worked.
That's hydrogen peroxide, not your Shopvac, right David?
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Stinger wet vac - Can use it to inflate vac and blow. Have a few of them always one on the boat. Works well stores easily and cheaply replaced if necessary.


Stinger 2.5 gal. 1.75-Peak HP Compact Wet Dry Vac-WD2025 - The Home Depot
We have one of those; great size for a boat, was a real "MVT" for sure.
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That's hydrogen peroxide, not your Shopvac, right David?
Ayuh.
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Old 09-17-2016, 06:31 PM   #34
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I've seen a few posts on here about using the vac to inflate a dinghy. How do you step the vacuum hose down enough for it to mate with the valve fitting? On my caribe, I would need to step down to a 1" OD hose.
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Often all you have to do is hold it over the hole till the inflatable gets firm...then top it off with the normal foot pump.
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Old 09-17-2016, 07:29 PM   #36
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Often all you have to do is hold it over the hole till the inflatable gets firm...then top it off with the normal foot pump.
Ditto
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Old 09-17-2016, 08:08 PM   #37
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I always have at least two, and I abuse the hell out of 'em. The biggest job is dust, mostly from fiberglass, teak, metal shavings and some kind of terrible black, original glue dust that the builder used on walls and roof panels. I use them to clean out head clogs, bilge, thru-hulls, vents, and the occasional wasp nest. Here is a shot of my smaller unit drawing moisture out of the core of my transom. When I drilled the holes for the swim platform brackets, one of them was weeping moisture. I found the lowest place on the transom that was still cored and drew a vacuum on it while leaving the other holes open for air intake. Turns out that there wasn't much in it, but many yards use the same process to dry wet cores.
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Bucket vac! I can also use the bucket for crabs.
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I use it when draining antifreeze from the engines.
Take out the plug, the vac hose sucks all the antifreeze as it drains out the hole, so nothing gets into the bilge.
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Use it to suck a string through a wiring chase so you can use it to pull wire.
If it is a long run, tie a cotton ball to the end.
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