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Craftsman wet dry vac no longer sucking enough to use, cleaned the filter, sounds strong but barely works??

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Buy a new filter. Make sure hose is cleaned out. Sometimes if the filter is wet and not allowed to dry it will do that. Also make sure hose is on the right outlet

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SOURCE: craftsman wet/dry vac

It is supposed to have a round plastic plate and a plastic handle with a nut made in it that tightens against the plate to hold the filter on

Posted on Feb 27, 2008

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SOURCE: husky 6 gallon dry/vac wont **** in air, only blows air out

Maybe you have the vac hose plugged into the blow out port.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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SOURCE: USE GENIE WET DRY VAC WITH OR WITHOUT PAPER LINER?

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Because Genie no longer makes any vacuums or blowers, and did not keep a parts inventory to support owners of their products (a reason not to buy one of their garage door openers) it might be best in the long run to ‘garage sale’ the Genie, and buy a new vac from a brand that will be around for awhile. I have two Craftsmen, and one Ridgid, besides the PB15, which is going in the nest garage sale, for the above reason.

As far as your blower to vacuum problem -- The hose is moved from the blower outlet, which is the top black piece with the handle and switch, to the hole in the canister for vacuum. The intent of the PB15 was to use the top piece as a hand held electric leaf blower, or when attached to the yellow canister as a vacuum, when you use the hose attached to the canister.

Posted on May 06, 2009

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SOURCE: jhe4576. I own a Genie SV125Q, 5 gallon wet/dry

Where did you buy this unit from? Go back there and ask if they have filters for yours. Otherwise look in the Yellow Pages for vacume cleaner repair shops. Sometimes they have all kinds of filters for all kinds of vacumes. You can try places like Wal Mart. What you want to look for are filters that will work with your unit. The foam filter you refer to is called a pre-filter. It traps the bigger particles so they won't damage your paper filter or clog it up especially if it's wet stuff you're picking up. You can remove that foam filter and gently wash it out in the sink with a mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. And even sometimes if you have time you can wash a paper filter out by hosing it out from the inside, with just a gently rinsing on the outside. Don't use any solvents on it just soap and water. And don't use high pressure either, as it will destroy the paper. I have cleaned my paper filters several times before I finally had to replace them. You can also look at places like Lowe's. They carry shop vacs and a whole assortment of attachments as well.

Posted on Mar 08, 2010

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SOURCE: ridgid shop vac is not sucking

I was using my ridgid wet dry vaccum when it shut down by itself and never restarted. I unplugged it and and checked the wall outlet which had power. What caused this to happen?

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