Who doesn’t love their shop vacuum? But, in order for it to operate at peak efficiency, it’s really important to clean the filter on a regular basis. But, how do you do that neatly and quickly? Well, here’s one way you can.

Take a six inch long machine bolt, two washers, and a nut, and put it through the center hole of the filter. Feed it through from the underside, and put the washer and the nut on the top and tighten it up.

Joe Truini shows how to clean a wet-dry vacuum with a power drill in Today's Homeowner's Simple Solutions segment
You can make sure your shop vacuum stays clean by using items in your workshop!

Once you’ve snug it up by hand, use a wrench on one side and a nut driver on the other to get it nice and tight. Now, chuck it into the drill, and use the power of the drill to spin out all that dust in the filter.

This will make your shop vacuum filter nice and clean again.

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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