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    Cyclone Clog...?

    I've never had this happen to me, yes I've overfilled my cyclone a few times but this time the bin was almost empty and the body of the cyclone was FULL,and I mean FULL... ?

    Do I have a leak somewhere?

    Is that what causes this?

    Very strange, now I'm going over every inch of the unit looking for a leak...

    Any suggestions as to why this would happen would be helpful.

    Thanks!
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    The only 2 reasons I've can think of (and you ruled one out) is that 1) the bin is full and the debris has to go somewhere, or 2) there is a leak in the bin....but it sounds like it would be a big one in your case. You might check your filter as well to make sure it isn't clogged. It will be interesting to hear what you find.
    I long for the days when Coke was a cola and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard; 1939-2016)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred hargis View Post
    The only 2 reasons I've can think of (and you ruled one out) is that 1) the bin is full and the debris has to go somewhere, or 2) there is a leak in the bin....but it sounds like it would be a big one in your case. You might check your filter as well to make sure it isn't clogged. It will be interesting to hear what you find.
    I'm quite sure that the weather strip I used for the bin to lid seal was bad, it was rock hard, and the makeshift flexible coupling between the lid and the bottom of the cyclone looks to have also been leaking. I'm trying to find a flexible coupling for the bin lid to bottom of the cyclone connection, but I'm not having any success here in Japan, hard to find out even what it is called.

    A coupling here is the thing you put between an electric motor shaft and something it is driving, I know it is that in English too, but the flexible plumbing coupling I want is not called a coupling, dunno what is it called.

    I bet I'll just order one from the US and pay the shipping. In the mean time I'm kind of fixing what I have until I can get the new coupling.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    I bet I'll just order one from the US and pay the shipping. In the mean time I'm kind of fixing what I have until I can get the new coupling.
    Duct tape makes the world go around..

    Isn't it just a piece of flex pipe? Not sure what your cyclone setup looks like...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Duct tape makes the world go around..

    Isn't it just a piece of flex pipe? Not sure what your cyclone setup looks like...
    I could not find a flexible pipe the size I needed, 7-1/2" or 285mm.



    Here you can see the flex hose I made, I bought some of that hose for a water pump, you know, the kind that lies flat when not full of water. I cut it in half, split it wide open I guess.
    I then wrapped it around the two parts, taped it up, inside and out with the aluminum tape and duct tape, the overlap area is glued with contact cement. Next I used a big hose clamp to secure the bottom to the lid, and I just taped it to the cyclone, in this picture but eventually I added a hose clamp to the top as well.



    Now I've taken that all apart and I've taped it again, as well as caulking it with silicone.







    Now I need to mount it on the cyclone.

    Then put new weather strip on the lid/bin flange.

    I hope it is then good to go, wasted most of a day on this.


    There done, I hope it lasts another 1 years....

    But I'm still on the hunt for the right flexible coupling.

    Cheers!
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 03-17-2016 at 07:10 PM.
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    Looks like that should work.
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    Yeah finding it "local" (or close to local) might be interesting.

    I suspect that the rubber fittings like this one:
    https://www.fernco.com/dimensional-d...s-1001/1001-66
    are going to be to stiff there.

    It appears some people sell flex hose in that size, but again locally? that's a harder problem.
    http://www.flexi-hoses.com/p/3160/ho...t-ag-dn-285-mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Yeah finding it "local" (or close to local) might be interesting.

    I suspect that the rubber fittings like this one:
    https://www.fernco.com/dimensional-d...s-1001/1001-66
    are going to be to stiff there.

    It appears some people sell flex hose in that size, but again locally? that's a harder problem.
    http://www.flexi-hoses.com/p/3160/ho...t-ag-dn-285-mm
    Yeah that 7.5" to 7.5" is exactly what I need, and I cannot find it here, yet, but I'll look, and if I can't, I'll buy one from the US.

    Cheers!
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    OK I found that item on Amazon, its about $20, and they want $60 to ship it to Japan.....

    Going to keep looking for sure.
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    $60 looks cheap compared to any postal rate I could find; was thinking I could buy one and mail it....it would cost well over what the 'zon wants. Looks like what you did will last a while.
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