Wednesday, October 12, 2016


I need a new name for it but it is all I have at the moment.

It's big, it's powerful, it will suck down buildings in a single moment, it's CLEAR ( Take THAT supergirl ), and we call it the Suck-O-Master.  Okay, I call it that, everyone else rolls their eyes at me.

Everyone, meet the newest addition to the family, the Clear Vue CV1800 Cyclone.

The install was a lot of "fun" if you want to call it that.  I have some suggestions for improving the documents but here are a few things off the top of my head if you are getting ready to install one.

The inner 'retard' got a work out.
  • Have two people.  I did it by myself and I'm still calling myself an idiot.  IDIOT
  • Wire the motor BEFORE you put it 8+' up in the air with the box at the back.  IDIOT
  • Take your time caulking the seams, ALL the seams.  Don't try to do it while your 8yr old is asking you 10,000 questions about how it works and goes together and why his toe hurts.  IDIOT
  • Paint the wall BEFORE you install the monster.  IDIOT
  • It needs both a 240v 30a circuit AND a 110v circuit.  I didn't realize it needed the 110v so I've been using an extension cord to test.  IDIOT
  • Test that the relay kills the 240v when the 110v is unplugged BEFORE you fire it up the first time.  IDIOT
  • Don't fire it up, to test the motor, before the filters and barrel are hooked up.  It is VERY efficient at blowing all the dust around and even had dust circling in the cyclone.  IDIOT
  • Bolt the motor mount to the braces, don't just screw them with sheet rock screws.  Just more of a make-you-feel-better thing.
  • Pay very close attention to the dimensions so you know exactly where things will be.  I printed out this page CV1800 Footprint.  I wasn't expecting it to be sitting so far away from the wall.
  • Pay attention to the orientation between the intake and the exhaust before you screw the impeller and cyclone body together.

The ducting is still a future project but got moved down in the priority list a little.

I'm also planning on installing a DIY bin level shut off and a flow/efficiency meter.  

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