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My rather old cannister vac has something clogging the hose. Any ideas on how to clean it out ?

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Attach hose to exhaust port of canister. Switch on. That may be enough to blow out the clog. If not, place wand end of hose to intake of vacuum so you have both ends "attached to the vacuum. This should do it. If not, you might try using something with greater suction. Like taking it a nearby carwash and using a vacuum there. Try placing "wand end" of hose to other hose first and turn in. Then the other end.
You can try pushing a long length of PVC or similar pipe through. No jamming. Care needs to be taken when doing this as it may cram the clog tighter,
If the hose is rather old as well, it may be a good idea to simply replace it. It likely has multiple leaks and great loss of suction.

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