At Central Vacuum Stores we consider Brad Prince to be the "Jedi Master" of the central vacuum industry. With over 26 years of installation experience he has seen it all. Recently, he wrote this article to pay homage to his mentor. As you read this article consider why Central Vacuum Stores is the place to go for central vacuum advice. We are innovators in the marketplace, never afraid to try something new.
News Flash: Central Vacuum Stores Resident Vac-Master, Brad Prince, Stripped of Coveted Title on Recent Service Call!
Dateline: NOAH`S ANIMAL HOSPITAL, St.Petersburg Fl. 10:00 AM
Noah’s Animal Hospital is the scene where we installed a prototype vac system using the Hide-a-Hose retractable hoses with Imperium’s massive CV-20000 industrial unit. We have had great success installing the Hide-a-Hose system in homes, leaving customers elated with the product. However, Noah's presented some unique issues, but we felt the Hide-a-Hose system could work in commercial applications as well as residential. In the general areas, hallways, and reception areas we installed 40 and 50 foot hoses. In the exam rooms we tubed the rooms for 15 foot hoses, for a total of 11 Hide-a-Hose inlets in all!
Not long after completing the installation we were called to service this system due to clogs, low suction, etc. After a variety of repairs, adjustments,and fixes I was unsure of how to tweak this system so that it would operate in the way it was intended. We had never experienced this problem with residential systems, but we had never installed a system with 11 Hide-a-Hoses. So, I returned to Noah's, accompanied by Central Vacuum’s owner Roger Ambrose. We were going to tag team a troubleshoot on this system. After clearing the Hide-a-Hose 50 footer in the reception area, we ran a TORNADOPOWER™ Central Vacuum Maintenance Cloth through the hose to the problem clog.
We heard a Thud and knew that the system was reclogged...so it was back to the drawing board. All this time and I had been thinking: too many hoses, not enough power.
Roger decided to chose exam room 5 to open the ceiling panel.With zen like presicion, he found the tubing, took one of our Bear Pull Saws (perfect for PVC by the way), and cut the tubing just past the sweep tee fitting. I handed him the flashlight and then I heard Roger say, “There it is, the end of the Hide-a-Hose with the Tornado Cloth”. Amazing! Even though he laid out the system, the install was done by our techs. There was really no way he could have known the exact location and the problem, the hose was too long! Needless to say, I pulled the hose, cut off about 16 inches, trimmed the hose sock, and re-inserted the end cap. Meanwhile, Roger repaired the cut tube with a stop coupling. We pulled the hose at the original problem location, fired up the system and introduced another Tornado Maintainence Cloth. Whoosh, right through to the unit. We have not had any problems with Noah's since then, and in fact they are adding more Hide-a-Hose inlets. I do think it is time to spit the system, so with the additional inlets we are going to be adding an additional unit.
Let me take a moment to tell you that when installing a Hide-a-Hose it is important you install enough retractable tubing to accommodate your hose length. In this case, the hose in question was a custom length and just a little long for the retrack tube before it was introduced into the trunk line tubing. Thankfully we could resolve this with some experience and accesability.
I just thought of a great title for Roger, our new VacMaster. O. B. ROG-BEN-VACI. It has a nice ring to it , ya think?