To make sweeping up your shop easier:

  1. Attach the wand and floor nozzle of a shop vac to the wall using metal plumber’s strap and drywall screws.
  2. Turn the shop vac on, then use a broom to sweep the dust and other debris into the floor nozzle.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Danny Lipford: Now if you do much work in your shop or your garage, you’re bound to make a mess.

Joe Truini: Most people use a broom and a dust pan to clean up the dust and debris you find in a workshop, or they use a wet/dry vac like this one here. But the problem with a wet/dry vac is you have to tow the machine all over the shop, and it doesn’t roll very well, and it’s not very convenient. What I’ve come up with is a better way, a more convenient way, to use the vacuum to clean up the floor.

What I took is a wand from the vacuum, and I screwed it to the wall using two perforated metal straps that you can get at any hardware store. I simply used four drywall screws to attach the strap to the wall, then at the end I put a floor sweep nozzle. Then all you need to do is hook the vacuum up to the wand, flip on the power, and it automatically sweeps it up.

Danny Lipford: I’m ready for you, Joe.

Joe Truini: All right, let me hook it up, flip on the switch, and you can start sweeping.

Danny Lipford: That works pretty good, Joe.

Joe Truini: Yeah, in this case I took the floor sweep nozzle and have it pressed tight to the floor. If you’re picking up large wood chips or chunks of wood, you’ll have to raise it up a little bit.

Danny Lipford: And you may want to buy an extra wand, so that you can leave this one attached to the wall and still have one to use with your wet/dry vac.

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Joe Truini

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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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