Well . . . . I have overfilled the barrel before in so far as it was heavier than I like to lift. This time I overfilled it too far. I was reaching for something down near the post-filter bag and bumped it. Instead of its usual empty "flap" noise, it went "thunk". Some expert investigative work followed by a serious round of pipe-smoking, violin-playing deduction (that is a Sherlock Holmes reference, I don't smoke or play the violin) led me to realize I was hosed. Pulled the filter cartridge which was near solid packed. The cone was full up about half way. You get the idea, total fail!
I tapped and vacuumed the filter out. Thank goodness for the shop-vac dust deputy, I got about 8 gallons of dust out of the filter with the vac after tapping out all I could. I then hand flapped the pleats while vacuuming and tapped some more. Eventually I got a nice even light through all the filter material. Now how do I get it back on?
Gravity "helped" me get the filter cartridge off but I was going to need help getting it back on. I thought about the jack out of my little truck.
It was tall enough but, by the time I rigged something to stabilize it I could do it another way. Clamping cauls! They're not just for clamping anymore .
All set. I gave it the incense smoke test and all seems to be ready to let me continue on . . . whew!