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    DC Overhaul

    No fancy built-in DC here. Never had one. Looked at them but never got around to it. Now that everything has to go in a trailer, I gathered all teh part laying around and assembled this Rube Goldberg. I had a 15 gallon fibre drum, a Dust Deputy, a small Rigid vac (a real sucker!), and a Grizzly Lone Ranger remote. I also had a hode hanger and an old luggage hand truck. Now they all have wheels!

    Two criteria. Had to hold a garbage bag for easier emptying and everything had to be in one unit. Here is a view.

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    Here is close up of the business end. I used 1 1/4" drain pipe with a 1 1/4" elbow and a 1 1/4" coupler. The elbow fit into the vacuum nicely but quarters were too close, a coupler and a short piece of pipe took care of that. The pipe almost fit into the top of the Gust Deputy. A few thou too big. Required a bit of rasping. Fits nicely. The upside besides neatness is no corrugated hose to disturb the air. Thought the elbow might slow things down, but it collapses a hose instantly when plugged.

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    The bag will suck up without a hold down. One piece of 1/2" PVC, 3 caps (for the bottom of the legs to keep from tearing the bag, a tee, and two elbows. I had three tees on hand but elbows would work fine. I used a heat gun to bend the PVC. Not neat but it works.

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    A side view that shows that 20-20 hindsight reveals I should of have offset the Dust Deputy for a more balanced look. Se la vie.

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    The Lone Ranger is mounted along side the vac along with a hook for the remote, and a hose hanger is tied to the vac pipe with plastic ties.

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    Finally, it needed wheels. I bungeed on the luggage carrier.

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    Not beautiful, but it is functional, works well, and is not top heavy. I'd say it has character!
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    Looks like a great system, Carol. From what I hear, the Dust Deputy is a pretty effective cyclone, and the Ridgid shop vac that I had was great until the filter plugged (all too quickly). With the combination system, you solved that part.
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
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    "Functional" is the key word here but to be very honest, it doesn't look bad either.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

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    FrankenDC! Love using the DD for sanding. Really helps keep the shop vac sucking, and the air a lot cleaner.
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    Nice! Looks like it will do a swell job.
    Darren

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    Are you sure your last name's not McGyver? Looks like a nice rig.
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    Pretty inventive Carol. Nice
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    That will do fine..

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    I LOVED McGyver! Kindred spirits, ya know!

    Someday it may get a remodel, as I found more DC 'stuff' as I pack. Also, the band saw was not available to me when I did this, which would have allowed a couple of other ideas. For now it is functional - and kind of quirky looking.
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    I like it Carol! Gonna steal some ideas there

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