Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dual-Motor Vacuflo and Massive Electrical Service

I had to take a picture of the mechanical room in one of the homes I recently visited:

There’s the central vacuum on the left, a dual-motor Vacuflo 760. I like that model a lot – lots of power. What really amazed me, though, is the size of the home’s electrical service to the right. A main feeder panel that’s easily 800 amps, and four 200-amp subpanels (the fourth was in another mechanical room on the other side of the basement)! Gone are the days when you had to worry about using the toaster and the microwave at the same time!

Here’s another massive electrical service I found in a home I was working in:

I love it when things are “commercial-grade”. This house was cleaned by three Vacuflo systems, a 960 and two 560s. Pictures below:

With that system, you really could have four people vacuuming at once. Talk about speeding through your housework.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

DIY Pipe Repairs

I had been out to the Oak Brook, IL home of one of my good customers several times to unclog her system. Any time a system clogs repeatedly, I know there is a piping issue that needs to be corrected. Walking through the basement, I found this:

This rubber plumbing fitting had been installed in place of the original vacuum fitting. The homeowner indicated that in the process of remodeling a few years ago, a line had to be moved. Apparently the homeowner or contractor did the work themselves, using this fitting instead of the proper components. While it seems to fit properly from the outside, comparing the inside diameter with that of a central vacuum sweep 90 makes it clear why this system kept clogging:

This is a 1.5” ID fitting, which ends up being about 2” OD. While a vacuum fitting is technically 2” OD, its thinner wall makes for a much larger interior diameter. With the proper fitting installed, I don’t expect this system to clog again. Fortunately, this was the only place that the system had been modified. Here’s what it now looks like :

Homeowners and contractors, it’s completely understandable not wanting to pay for a service call to move a line, if you are able to do the work yourself. However, if you opt to, please use the proper pipe and fittings! Just Central Vacuums has what you need for just a few dollars. Give us a call at (630) 608-0175 and we can send the fittings right to your jobsite.