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Old 01-13-2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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Anyone install or see a problem with installing a central vac inlet into the floor instead of the wall? I don't do too much central vac but a customer has asked if we could install a new inlet for there sunroom. No way of getting it into the wall.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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You may need to ask the MFG this question... The cover may not be rated to be installed in the floor.
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Other than getting a metal one vs plastic no big deal.

http://www.centralvacuumstores.com/I...unt-Chrome.php
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Other than getting a metal one vs plastic no big deal.

http://www.centralvacuumstores.com/I...unt-Chrome.php
looks like this would work with the floor adapter, but it also states this:
This non-electric inlet will work with most hoses.

So, it depends on your system.
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I always install in the wall but have seen a lot of poorly done retrofit installs with the vacuum jacks in the floor.

It will work but wouldn't be my first choice.
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Anyone install or see a problem with installing a central vac inlet into the floor instead of the wall?
It will still suck.
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I always install in the wall but have seen a lot of poorly done retrofit installs with the vacuum jacks in the floor.

It will work but wouldn't be my first choice.
Behind a door in the corner is about the best spot. Less traffic on it.
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I've seen this done on commercial central vac systems a bunch of times. They usually used a heavy duty round brass floor inlet.
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Every house I have done remodel in that has a central vac system, it was removed. They just don't do as good the further the outlet is away from the motor.
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Every house I have done remodel in that has a central vac system, it was removed. They just don't do as good the further the outlet is away from the motor.
Every house that I have done a remodel in that has a central vac system, we added more inlets in the additions. The vacuum systems have come a long way. But the ones that performed poorly were mostly due to poor installs.
I've repaired a couple of piping systems that I added on to and the HO said it had never worked that good.
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Every house that I have done a remodel in that has a central vac system, we added more inlets in the additions. The vacuum systems have come a long way. But the ones that performed poorly were mostly due to poor installs.
I've repaired a couple of piping systems that I added on to and the HO said it had never worked that good.
Good reviews in your area, bad reviews in mine. Odd.
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Every house that I have done a remodel in that has a central vac system, we added more inlets in the additions. The vacuum systems have come a long way. But the ones that performed poorly were mostly due to poor installs.
I've repaired a couple of piping systems that I added on to and the HO said it had never worked that good.
The items I hate the most with central vac's is sharp 90 bends or ells they are one are most common curpits.

I used wide sweep ells that useally take care of the issue.

That I useally don't do often but one house I have to redo all the pipework due too many sharp 90's and elemated few of them by rerouteing them and put in a high perfomace unit that did have twice of power of the old one and my customer say it work heckva better then the old one and big plus it much quiter as well.

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looks like this would work with the floor adapter, but it also states this:
This non-electric inlet will work with most hoses.

So, it depends on your system.
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I did not install it, but one of my customers has inlets that the hose, with a sock on it, retracts right into the wall. The plate is about 5"x9." If I can find one I'm going to put it in my own home. I've also (mistakenly) promised my wife one of those toe kick inlets... maybe should would keep the kitchen clean, but I don't really feel like going into my own crawl space.
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Every house that I have done a remodel in that has a central vac system, we added more inlets in the additions. The vacuum systems have come a long way. But the ones that performed poorly were mostly due to poor installs.
I've repaired a couple of piping systems that I added on to and the HO said it had never worked that good.
I installed a system in my house. It works great.
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We just installed one a couple years ago and it works great. If the inlet has electrical it might be a problem for floor installation.
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Anyone install or see a problem with installing a central vac inlet into the floor instead of the wall? I don't do too much central vac but a customer has asked if we could install a new inlet for there sunroom. No way of getting it into the wall.
There is a unit that can be installed into the bottom skirt under the sink to vacuum,say, the kitchen floor into it. If wanted, a floor opening can be done.
I answered before reading the other posts. I could have just said "DITTO".

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I'm getting ready to install a central vac system in my own house.
And tips from veteran installers?

Marc mentioned the short 90s but I can't see how to avoid them when installing wall outlets.
I do have a couple of places where the walls come together as a tee, I could lay it out to fall in those spaces.
Do I really need to cut the pipe with a pipe cutter or do you guys use a hacksaw?

House is slab on grade but attic is 5' to 7' where I will be working.

All suggestions are welcome.
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I'm getting ready to install a central vac system in my own house.
And tips from veteran installers?

Marc mentioned the short 90s but I can't see how to avoid them when installing wall outlets.
I do have a couple of places where the walls come together as a tee, I could lay it out to fall in those spaces.
Do I really need to cut the pipe with a pipe cutter or do you guys use a hacksaw?

House is slab on grade but attic is 5' to 7' where I will be working.

All suggestions are welcome.
Don't put T directly above inlet, you don't want to fight gravity.
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