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Old 04-10-2013, 10:59 AM   #101
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A great alternative (I have found them to be really just the same in power) is the bucket top vacs available at Lowes. Mine was $19 and fits all sizes and shapes of 5 gallon pails. I have 3 and 5 gallon pails for all sorts of uses that are available if need be...but one dry and one wet just for the vac.

That way one doesn't get all muddy if I switch over. One is a little on the oily side so it gets the really nasty vacuum jobs as well as any oil jobs.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:47 AM   #102
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Jeffnick, very clever and nicely done. The plug and tool are right where you need them. How is the holder fastened to the transom?
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:01 PM   #103
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We have two small Sears wet/dry shop vacs. When you have the breed of dog we have the vacuum cleaner becomes the most important item on the boat. We have two because one is set up with a filter bag and the other is set up with no bag for vacuuming the bilge dry or sucking up water spilled during plumbing projects and whatnot.

A tool we are getting this weekend is a proper rigging knife. The Leatherman Wave I wear on my belt has a very good serrated line cutting blade but we've found that something with a line blade, a marlin spike, and a shackle key would be very handy to have on occasion. After doing considerable research we've decided to get a folding rigging knife from Myerchin.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:47 PM   #104
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Marin, I have had this one for 6 years:

http://shop.myerchin.com/images/1338...524338761.jpeg

Pretty nice, but the unlock method has to be done carefully.

I do like that bucket vac idea, but no reason to change now, I like the portability factor, though been a few times when I wish I had that 5 gallon capacity; we have a small upright vac for most "dry" vacuuming.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:53 PM   #105
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Marin, I have had this one for 6 years:

http://shop.myerchin.com/images/1338...524338761.jpeg

Pretty nice, but the unlock method has to be done carefully.

I do like that bucket vac idea, but no reason to change now, I like the portability factor, though been a few times when I wish I had that 5 gallon capacity; we have a small upright vac for most "dry" vacuuming.
Supposedly Myerchin has a second generation out now that features an improved one-hand open and lock feature.

The shop vacs we have are the small Sears model, just 2 gallons I think. I don't know if they still offer them although they still carry the filter bags.
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Marin, I have had this one for 6 years:

http://shop.myerchin.com/images/1338...524338761.jpeg

Pretty nice, but the unlock method has to be done carefully.

I do like that bucket vac idea, but no reason to change now, I like the portability factor, though been a few times when I wish I had that 5 gallon capacity; we have a small upright vac for most "dry" vacuuming.
The Lowes bucket vac that I got was made by Shop Vac as far as I can tell...exact look-a-like and all the parts, filters, etc have fit as if made for it.
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One thing you can do on the shop vac is line the inside with a small garbage bag. When done with the job you can lift it out and dispose of it with little to no mess.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:49 PM   #108
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One thing you can do on the shop vac is line the inside with a small garbage bag. When done with the job you can lift it out and dispose of it with little to no mess.
I like it, great idea thanks
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:46 PM   #109
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Just wanted to chime in on tool storage. First let me say that I think we have more tools on our boats than anyone else in our marina. Just last weekend everyone was coming by to borrow things - I think we may hang a sign and start charging. (Kidding, we don't mind helping out.). Anyway, we started with a hard side tool box for the most common tools, then went to a soft side becuase it fit better in the space available. Last year I picked up two tool rolls, and love them. I have one with screw drivers and pliers, and another with wrenches and ratchets. They also have pockets for sockets. The rolls make it really easy to keep track of things, and no more skinned knuckles reaching into the bag. They are also really compact when rolled up. Just our experience.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:10 PM   #110
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Yep, I do the same Carolena, they work well.
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About only tools not on board are mini table saw and drill press (worm drive skill saw, saws-all, jig saw, assorted hand saws, and ˝” drill can handle what comes up). I stay pretty heavy on hand and power tool side of things... just in case. Thousand + assorted SS fasteners in compartmentalized box and marine electrical parts in a box. Comprehensive mechanic tool boxes. Guess it all weighs in 200 lbs +/-. Keep mostly in center locker under forward stateroom’s V-berth... it's packed!
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