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When dry vacuuming, my shop vac is shooting dust out the back. What do I need to do?

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Sounds like you need to re-install the air filter so there is a tight seal between it and the vacuum. You may have removed it to do the wet vacuuming and then did not re-install it properly to do the dry vacuuming.

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