Vacuum Storage Tips

Featured Article, Household DIY Tips
on August 28, 2013
vacuum hose storage

Wet/dry vacuums have so many attachments it can be hard to keep track of them.  Organize all the parts of your vacuum with these easy tips.

How to Make a Vacuum Organizer

To keep the attachments for his shop vacuum organized, Club member Alan Prevett of Marengo, Iowa, built a vacuum-mounted organizer from scrap lumber and short lengths of PVC pipe. He used a jigsaw to cut a ring of plywood that would fit around the base of the vacuum. Then he cut various lengths of 1-1/2-in. PVC pipe, glued a PVC end cap to one end of each length, and bolted the completed sections through their end caps to the plywood ring. Now his vacuum attachments are always within easy reach.

How to Store Vacuum Hoses

Club member James Simonton of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, was delighted when he received a new wall-mount shop vacuum as a gift. But once he hung the vacuum in his shop, he realized there wasn’t a good way to store the vacuum’s hose and attachments. His solution (which would work well for any type of shop vacuum) was to use a plastic garden hose caddy as an organizer. The vacuum hose hangs just as a garden hose would, and the various attachments fit nicely into slots in the bottom of the caddy that were originally meant to hold garden sprayers.  If the hose caddy you purchase doesn’t have slots, it’s easy to cut your own with a utility knife or a small saw.