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I borrowed a Shop Vac Ultra plus wet dry vacuum to use as a dry vacuum. It needs emptying. How do I open it, and clean the filter? Thanks

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WHEN IT FULL U WILL KNOW WHEN IT CAN **** UP ANY THING CLEAN ALEAST EVERY TWO WEEK

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