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My very old 6 us gallon wet-dry shop vac now blows instead of sucks.

When I turn it on instead of proving suction it blows.

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Connect the hose on the other end where it say vacuum not blow.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

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    it is hooked to vacuum port but,blows through blow port

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It is hooked to vacuum port but blows out the other port

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