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Discussion in 'Gutter & Fascia Cleaning' started by Tuffers, Mar 19, 2014.

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  1. Tuffers

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    Is it normal for the vac to lose suction if the filter is wet? I sucked up some water to clean the hose through today. The filter got wet and it wouldn't suck anymore. It did suck with the filter out, but I just finished the job by hand.
     
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  2. Shiny

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    Oh aye..? that statement sounds suspect...lol


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    yeh well i didnt want to say anything ......
     
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    I dunno, you come on here for advice and all people do is take the p!ss :p
     
  5. cheapncheerful

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    now come on this is definitely dodgy...but I just finished the job by hand.
     
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    If I suck up just water I take the filter out otherwise the float cutout will not work properly
     
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    Yes, it will loose suction if the filter is saturated. The reason is that the motors cause suction by drawing air down the hose, through the filter and into the motor housing. If the filter is soaked with water, then air cannot pass through it. So, you loose suction at the hose.

    I have a length of plastic as a protective flap between the drum inlet and the filter. It's a simple solution but keeps the filter dry when sucking up wet muddy gutters. And as Smurf says, if I know I am drawing up water e.g. cleaning the hose, I remove the filter.

    I will try to get a picture of the plastic flap and post it up here.
     
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    Sounds interest Paul & pics would be good ;)
     
  9. Tuffers

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    Cheers lads. So if I'm sucking up mud and the filter is covered in mud, what do I do if the filter is covered in it?
     
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    That's a catch-twenty-two Tuffers as wetvacs are not designed for clearing sludge from guttering.
    We all know if you take the filter out **** can get sucked up into the motor. If you leave the drum filter in it will eventualy get clogged and lose suction.

    I've knackered more motors than a care to think about as guttervacs suck :D
     
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