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polieFebruary 13, 2012

I know a shop vac is what to use for the immediate area of construction. What vacuum cleaner do you recommend using for the rest of the place that is indirectly affected by construction during a kitchen renovation? I don't want the construction dust that will float outside the construction area to ruin my vacuum cleaner. I'm willing to buy a cheaper "disposable" brand if that's the way to go, if it's inevitable that the fine construction dust will in fact harm the innards of a vacuum.

Also, bag or no bag model? (I'd guess bagged to hold the dust.) Thank you.

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snoonyb

Most "shop vacs" have fine dust filters available or there are also slip-ons to fit most filters.
Just empty and change them as necessary.
Or , if you insist on an upright, regular bag changes would apply to even those bought from a pawn shop.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 1:15PM
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polie

Thanks, Snoonyb. I figured I'd get a Sears shop vacuum. I didn't know they could do double duty outside of the "construction zone" with a special filter to vacuum the rest of our place.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 6:08PM
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mike_kaiser_gw

You might want to consider a CleanStream filter for you shop vac. They do a heck of a job but inside and outside the work area. While they're a bit expensive, properly cared for they will last for several years.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gore CleanStream Filter

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 7:58AM
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polie

Mike_Kaiser, thanks for alerting me about that filter. I've not heard of it before. The video demonstration on that website was pretty impressive.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 10:31AM
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sombreuil_mongrel

You might want to consider investing in a top-notch shop vac with a HEPA filter, like a Fein or a Festool. You won't even think of them as shop vacs, just the most powerful vacuum you've ever used. And they have real bearings in the motors so you won't be deafened when operating them for an hour at a time.
Casey

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 2:31PM
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