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Old 10-09-2012, 09:43 PM
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Sure, let's say we are cleaning a valve box out for a repair.
If the box is dry you might add a couple gals of H2o and start the vac, when full you dump the water back into the box. Dump the soils on the ground tarp and repeat the vac part until finished

Works well.

If the ground is hard and dry you have to use the super duper 1idejim digging tool. Twelve inch length of 1.5 inch belled end sched 40 pipe, 1.5 X 1 reducer bushing and a twelve inch piece of 1 inch sched 40 pipe. Dry assemble for use and slip the 1.5 pipe into the vac hose, use the 1 inch as a digging tool.

Last Tuesday i cleaned some holes i drilled for a small pole building i am building right now. Not a speck of dirt on the bottom of the hole.

When i trench i use a 5 ft piece of 1.25 as an extension to clean the trenches. Sounds lazy but instead it is a very clean method of excavation. And you may find that you do less damage when working around wires.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:26 PM
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What kind of shop vac are you using? I assume it is big and has a cord. I cant imagine those smaller ones being worth a flip. Especially if they cost $100.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:13 PM
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What kind of shop vac are you using? I assume it is big and has a cord. I cant imagine those smaller ones being worth a flip. Especially if they cost $100.
Boy you told me!

The big difference between us is that when i say that i did or we did something, i mean that i actually preformed the work myself. I or we didn't hire someone to do the work for me. That is how i got/get experience.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:27 PM
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Boy you told me!

The big difference between us is that when i say that i did or we did something, i mean that i actually preformed the work myself. I or we didn't hire someone to do the work for me. That is how i got/get experience.
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Your right, i point and you dig. A long time ago i discovered my time was worth more than $10-15 an hour.

So how do you fit a shop vac, generator and extension cord on your service truck?
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:40 AM
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Your right, i point and you dig. A long time ago i discovered my time was worth more than $10-15 an hour.

So how do you fit a shop vac, generator and extension cord on your service truck?
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You know so much, you tell me.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:16 PM
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I have a portable shop vac the plugs into my ass gas generator.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:52 PM
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Both rigid and milwalkie do.
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Post some links or model numbers?
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:57 PM
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http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/WD2450-3...c/EN/index.htm

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...1#.UHWbdpzn_ng.

Something like these Jim?
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:07 PM
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Post some links or model numbers?
Sorry Gregg, i am having maintenance done on the laptops. The big one took a poop on us and the IT guy we use is building me a toughbook for the field. I still use a dumbphone so i can't post links via mobile
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:22 PM
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I would never even think about using something like that. Another tool that would take up space, need maintenance...but if I left my beckson hand pump on a job, I would kick myself in the ass and go back to get it.
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