Install a Workshop Central Vacuum

A warehouse.
  • Advanced
  • 1,000-1,500
What You'll Need
Mounting bracket
Inlet terminal
Low voltage cable
PVC pipes
Plastic strips
Central vacuum

A central vacuum is great for any warehouse where you have a lot of ground to cover. Having a portable vacuum can be very cumbersome, especially when it comes to plugging the device into a power source and then having to worry about extension cords. Also, central vacuums usually work silently as compared to the regular portable vacuums that you may have. They also work more efficiently and trap smaller particles.

Step 1 - Install Wall Inlets

The first step is the most difficult. This is because you’ll have to cut through your wall in order for you to place the wires. The problem is that you’ll need to find a stud that does not contain any obstacles such as plumbing, ductwork, fire blocks, and cables. Once you’ve singled out that stud, drill a hole into the floor directly below the wall. Use a 12-inch drill bit for the job. When you’re done with that, simply leave the drill bit as a marker.

Now place the plastic mounting bracket against the wall with the stud directly on its middle portion. Trace the bracket with the use of a pencil. Now cut the rectangle with the use of a drywall saw.

Go to the basement directly below the area where you plan to install the central vacuum. Use the drill bit that you’ve left in the hole in order for you to locate the right area. Drill a self-feeding bit into the wall directly on top of the drywall hole that you made.

In the mounting bracket hole that you’ve made in the drywall, feed a low-voltage cable. Make sure that you place a weight on the end of that cable.

Strip the end of the low-voltage cable that’s sticking out of the wall and crimp the wires into the inlet terminals.

Place the inlet terminal and the mounting bracket together in the hole and secure them with the use of screws.

Step 2 - Run the Pipes

On the hole that you made in the basement, insert a PVC pipe that has PVC cement on the side that you’re pushing into the wall. Twist your PVC pipe and push to secure the two parts together.

You can now connect all the pipes that you need together until you reach the vacuum canister. To make sure that the pipes do not fall off, secure them with plastic strips and screws every four inches or so. Do the routing until you reach the attic. Once you’ve almost reached the end of your route, drill a hole in the wall where you plan to install the vacuum canister and place PVC with cement in one end and connect it to the end of your joined together PVC pipes.

Step 3 - Install the Canister

Install the mounting brackets of your canister and put the canister into place with the use of support clips. Now attach the end of the PVC pipes that you’ve attached together to the hose clamp.