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3 Clever Ideas On How To Re-Use An Old Vacuum Cleaner

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Have you ever considered what you are going to do with your vacuum cleaner once it has already reached its expiration date? You can’t just stash it in the attic or dump it in the landfill. Other people have placed their old vacuum cleaner to good use. You can certainly do the same.

I collected a few ideas and here are some of the cleverest ones:

1. Hovercraft

This is an air-cushioned vehicle. These are often used to travel by water. You can make a toy hovercraft that can be used for leisure during summer seasons. You need the blower outlet of your vacuum cleaner or your Shopvac. You also need plywood, plastic sheet, small plastic disk bolts and wood screw. Also prepare the tools like drill, electric saber saw, duct tape and staple gun.

Make a disk from the plywood. Some people use square-shaped plywood but you can always try using round-shaped ones to avoid splintering your skin with the sharp edges of square-shaped plywood.

Measure the center of the disk and drill a hole with about 5/16 inches of size. This will allow a 2-inch bolt to slide easily inside. Also make a hole with the size of your vacuum cleaner blower. Trace it first with pencil so you can accurately cut out the hole. This will prevent leaks.

Now make the plastic sheet. Lay the circular plywood over a large plastic sheet. Wrap the edges of the plastic around the disk. Use your staple gun to fasten the sheet to the plywood. Get a discarded coffee can lid and drill a hold on the center. Connect it to the bottom part of the hovercraft.

Use a sharp knife and cut six exhaust holes. They should all have uniform 2-inch sizes. Flip the hovercraft to the other side. The plastic sheet should be at the bottom of the floor. Place your vacuum cleaner’s hose to the hole and switch it on. It should already inflate and glide around.

2. Backpack Bug Catcher

You don’t have to hire pest controllers as you can make the machine that will remove the bugs around your home. Purchase durable bag made from plastic or hard-sided bag. Drill a hole to the side of the bag and install the suction part of the vacuum machine.

3. Use attachments as cleaning materials

You can simply use the discarded attachments as manual tools for cleaning. Remove the rolling brush and use it to clean small rugs or carpets.