central vac inlet


Old 11-05-07, 03:30 PM
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central vac inlet

Not sure what forum to post this in, hope someone can help me.

I recently removed and reattached a central vac inlet from one of my walls while painting. When I replaced the inlet, I heard a noise of something falling into the wall. I didn't realize what it was until now that I am trying to figure out why the inlet doesn't work anymore.

My inlet is one that has two very small metal contacts that sit inside the screw holes that the low voltage wire is attached to. These metal contacts stick out into the ring that the metal ring on my vacuum hose comes in contact with, thus turning the vacuum on. Well, it was one of these very small contacts that went cascading down the inside of the wall. I'm wondering if I can rig something up to fix this so I don't have to replace the entire inlet.

Please keep in mind that I am not an electrician, just a humble homeowner on a budget, without a husband to blame this on (just kidding).

any help is greatly appreciated.

p.s. If there is a more appropriate forum to post this question in, also please advise. ty

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Old 11-05-07, 04:58 PM
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I don't want to make it too simple, but why not turn on the vacuum at another location, then go to the trap and recover the parts and reinstall them?

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