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Shop-Vac® Blower Vac

The Cool Tool That Helps You Get It Done

You can call it a two-for-one special. Or you can call it BOGO (Buy One Get One). Or you can call it just plain awesome. Whatever you call it, the Shop-Vac® 12 Gallon* 4.5 Peak HP** Wet Dry Vac w/ Detachable Blower gives you more – more options and more get-it-done power.

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Flood Clean Up: What to Do

Flooding. It’s a horror show. The monstrous waters either come at you so quick you can’t prepare. Or the waters rise slowly but menacingly, inching higher and higher, often overcoming sandbags or other defenses. Either way, water does what it wants – and there’s not much you can do to stop it.

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Fall Chores Checklist

Ahh, excitement is in the air. Perhaps the Maple trees are just starting to turn color. Or you detect a refreshing hint of coolness in the breeze. Visions of relaxing on the couch in front of a warm, hypnotic fire are dancing in your head. But first, the hard reality hits you – to truly enjoy fall you need to prepare.

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Be an Expert Vacation Planner: Clean Your House Before Vacation

You’ve worked, you’ve slaved, you’ve laughed at your boss’s inane jokes, and you’ve eaten dry cake and sung happy birthday to your co-workers 23 times this year. You weren’t sure you’d make it through, but it’s finally here – vacation!

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House Cleaning: It Can be Dangerous – and Here’s Why

For many of us, house cleaning every week isn’t our first choice for a fun time. But who knew that cleaning can actually be hazardous to our health? A Newsweek article published earlier this year highlights results of a study showing that regular use of cleaning sprays can have the same impact on a woman’s lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day! Now that’s disturbing.

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July 20 is National Pennsylvania Day

Grab Some Hershey's® Chocolate and Let’s Party!

You know when Rocky® finally runs up those steps in Philadelphia? It happened on July 20, 1976 – forever known thereafter as National Pennsylvania Day. OK, that’s not true. At least, we don’t think so.

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Best Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

There are a lot of great things about America. Freedom. Democracy. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There’s also baseball, apple pie, Chicago pizza, Elvis, Steve Jobs, and Mr. Potato Head® – a toy invented by American George Lerner, manufactured by American company Hasbro, and the first toy advertised on American TV. USA! USA! USA!

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A Cure for the Summertime Shopping Blues

Just when you thought it was safe to go chill in the water, a dark, shadowy presence lurks just below your subconscious. It gets closer and closer until it leaps out and bites you: Oh no! You’ve got to buy a shark-load of gifts this summer!!

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Controlling Insects with a Handheld Bug Vacuum

If you think insect control technology only consists of the 5 S’s (scream, swat, smoosh, smash, and spray), you’re missing out on the latest bug-be-gone trend: Handheld Bug Vacuums. They work wonders for controlling little buggers – and keeping you and your family safe. Here’s why.

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Get a Leaf Blower/Garden Vacuum: Tell the Wind Which Way to Blow

Gardens are great. Gardening is hard. Lots of digging in the dirt, potting plants, laying out bags of mulch, watering everything. And nothing ruins all that hard work like waking up to find Mother Nature has scattered leaves across your perfectly manicured oasis.

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Swimming Pool Maintenance

Keep your pool beautiful and safe.

Think of a swimming pool. Do you see lounging around, cannon-ball splashes, and Marco Polo calls? Or do you see work, work, work? If you own a swimming pool, you know pools aren’t all fun and games.

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Workshop Ideas

What You Need to Build Your Own DIY Space.

If you’re anything like us, when life gets to be too much, you know just what to do. You slow down. Breathe. Appreciate the little things. Then go over to pinterest.com and type in “workshop.”

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Gutter Cleaning - Shop-Vac® Style

Blower Vacs and Gutter Cleaning Kits Make It a Breeze

The saying goes that April showers bring May flowers. April showers may also bring – if your gutters aren’t cleaned regularly – damaged soffits, water intrusion, and expensive flooding. And if that happens, no amount of flowers will make you happy.

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Do You DIY? Then You Need A Workshop Vac.

Here are the best Shop-Vac® brand workshop and DIY vac options.

Are you a doer? A maker? A get-it-done-er? A lot of us are. In fact, according to this Inc.com article, the DIY (Do It Yourself) world is big – and getting bigger every day. (Estimated to be $13.9 billion by 2021. That’s some serious DIY dollar bills.)

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Best Industrial Vacuum Cleaners for Contractors

Keeping the worksite safe—a clean site is a safe site

Contractors do it all! Everything and anything…from small fix-it tasks to raising entire buildings. It’s easy to get caught up in the job at hand and lose track of your surroundings.

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What Is The Best Car Vacuum for Your Mobile Messes?

Let’s talk mobile messes. You know, those accidents that happen inside the car. Maybe a soda sip that misses your lips. Or a potato chip bite that somehow manages to explode like a supernova.

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Here’s a winter cleaning checklist that will make your house sparkle.

Once the holidays are over, it’s natural to feel a little blah. Maybe Santa didn’t get you exactly what you wanted. Maybe nobody liked your fruitcake. Maybe your football team lost.

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Holiday Baking Gets Messy. Kitchen Cleaning Gets Harder.

These Kitchen Cleaning Hacks Will Help.

Mess happens. It’s part of life. You can stand there and cry about it. Or clean it up. (Actually, there’s one more option. You can cry and clean at the same time. That works, too.)

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Ever wondered how Black Friday and Cyber Monday got started?

More importantly, where can you score sweet Shop-Vac® deals?

Be honest: Have you ever tackled a grandma just so you could score a deal on Black Friday? You can admit it. You’re among friends.

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Veterans Day: Just a day? Let’s make it a month.

Everybody knows Veterans Day is November 11. But did you know that on November 1, 2017, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed the entire month of November to be National Veterans and Military Families Month? Let’s take a closer look at why this proclamation is so important.

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What We're Thankful For...

Thank you, Halloween, for helping us answer a decades-long personal question: How many mini candy bars can we stuff into our mouth at one time?

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Dust Mites: Enter Fright Mite

The Unwanted Guests Lurking in Your Home

Do you really want to scare somebody this Halloween? Actually, not scare. Do you want to totally freak them out for a few days or weeks? Well, we’ve got the perfect Halloween costume for you.

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Cleaning up After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

The floods caused by Hurricane Harvey are beyond words. Every property destroyed and every life disrupted is heartbreaking.

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A Brief History of Cleaning

(Or How We Learned to Stop Beating our Rugs and Just Vacuum Them)

So, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week ended recently, which is bittersweet. Sweet because we love sharks. (Come on, right? Who doesn’t love sharks? Seals maybe...).

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How to Prepare Before Leaving for a Vacation

Best thing ever: Vacation. Worst thing ever: Coming home from a vacation to a disaster of a house. It immediately takes you from that stress-free vacation mode to I-want-to-curl-up-and-cry-like-a-banshee mode.

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National Take Your Dog to Work Day

Dogs. What’s not to love? Other than that unfortunate Cujo incident, dogs are pure bliss. They are always there for us – happy, loving, playful. In short, they are our best buddies. And going to work every day without them is no fun. But once a year, it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day. This day is also (unofficially) known as The Best Day at Work – Ever.

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Shop-Air® : Harnessing the Power of Air

Everybody knows Shop-Vac® is the go-to company for everything vacuum related. We work hard to be the best, and we’re always coming up with new and innovative solutions that keep our customers happy. Scratch that. To keep them thrilled.

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This Memorial Day, Help a Soldier

Happy Memorial Day! As the unofficial start of summer, we hope your celebration includes some or all of the following: family, friends, sunshine, beach, BBQ, and – perhaps – dancing the Macarena in front of way too many people. (Been there, danced that.)

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Which BBQ Grill is Right for You?

We just flew through like a million years of barbecue history. From Christopher Columbus to today’s various cooking customs, we learned a lot. But by now you’re probably thinking: Enough chit-chat. Is it time to eat yet?!

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The History of Barbecue

The best thing about lounging around on a warm Spring day is it allows for quiet reflection and random deep thoughts, such as: What is the meaning of life? What’s my purpose on earth?

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How to Throw the Best Lawn and Garden Party

Lawn and Garden Month (Part 2)

Last time we talked about getting your lawn in shape for spring. Now we’re going to spruce up the garden so we can throw an awesome lawn and garden bash. Ready to party like (decorative landscape) rock stars?

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Best Lawn on the Block – The Pain-Free Way to Prepare Your Lawn for Spring

Lawn and Garden Month (Part 1)

T.S. Eliot called April the cruelest month. Poets and philosophers probably think he was talking about emotional loss and spiritual despair, but we have a different take: He was talking about the current state of his lawn.

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Bank it or Blow it? What Should You Do with Your Tax Return?

According to the IRS, the average tax refund is about $3,000. What should you do with all that money?

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Epic Easter Blog

Easter, like all major holidays, is supposed to be perfect, right? It’s the time we all tap in to our creative side and prepare amazing food, wear pastel outfits like super models, and indulge responsibly in Peeps®.

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Opening Your Pool for the Season

Grab the sunscreen. Blow up the inflatables. Plop that little umbrella in your drink. Why? It’s pool time! Well, almost. After the long winter your pool probably looks more like the home of swamp monsters than anything you’d want to jump in. But follow this quick guide on how to open your pool for the season and soon you’ll be get

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The Best Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vac for Woodworking

Essential to our history, early humans realized wood could be transformed into just about anything: tools, weapons, art. Later, wood was used to build furniture, homes, and help make transportation possible with inventions like wheels, boats, and even early cars and planes.

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Forget New Year’s. Spring is the Real Time of Renewal.

No worries because today is the first day of spring! And everybody knows: Spring is the perfect time for renewal, regrowth, and new-me resolutions. It is all about making a fresh start. So let’s celebrate the new season by shaking off the funky, winter doldrums and cleaning house – literally and metaphorically.

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The Best Allergy Medicine Isn’t Medicine At All

As spring fever begins to hit, you’re probably digging through your cabinets for your leftover nasal spray, eyedrops and over the counter medicine in an attempt to brace yourself for allergy season.

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5 Things You Need to Celebrate the Big Game

To celebrate the biggest game of the year, you want to host a party that keeps your friends entertained past half time and leaves them wishing Monday was a holiday. While there are countless hosting accessories on the market, we’ve gathered a list of a few things specific to football that are sure to make your party one to remember.

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Dreaming of a car vacuum?

It’s no secret that our cars take a beating in the winter. Between the slush and salt, you’re left with an absolute mess. The good news is, there’s one tool that can help you clean up all of the car mess, wet or dry, and can even help you out with cleaning your home and garage, too.

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6 Tips to Survive Winter

Once that first snow blankets the ground, it's pretty much cold and messy for the duration, and if you're not prepared, could quickly turn into a real nail-biter while you count down the days until spring. Get yourself prepared!

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5 Tools for the Holiday Host

If you're in search of a great gift for your holiday host this year, here are 5 ideas that any host would think the most of.

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How To Choose Your Perfect Wet Dry Vac

While vacuums are designed to clean up different kinds of messes, Shop-Vac®Wet Dry Vacs take it to the next level. Our favorite thing to hear? “Wait…you don’t just have vacuums?”

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Cleaning Up After A Flood

If you’ve ever been a victim of a flood – whether it’s a little bit of standing water in your basement or your entire community, you know what a necessary evil it is to clean up. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take – and some tools you can purchase – to help you clean up the wet mess.

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How to Clean Wet Dry Vac Filters

If you notice that your Shop-Vac® wet dry vac is discharging dust from the exhaust or losing suction power, you may need to clean or replace your filter.

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5 Ways to Make Your Shop-Vac® Work Better Than Ever

Our wet dry vacs are known for being durable, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need pampering. We’ve compiled a list of a few things you can do to keep your Shop-Vac® running at its optimal performance.

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Leaf Vacuum and 5 Other Fall Projects

Dreaming of a leaf vacuum to help with your fall chores? Don’t let your lingering summer fever get in the way of fall cleanup. There is plenty to do to clean up your yard and garden and prepare your landscape for winter.

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6 Dorm Room Must Haves

As you’re unpacking your things into your dorm room for the first time, or the last time, one thing is for certain – space is at a minimum. But limited space doesn’t have to limit your dorm room potential. We’ve gathered a list of seven things we believe are essential for making the most of your dorm room and keeping it clean.

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Day in the Life of a Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vac

A glimpse in to the day of a Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vac - from the job site to home, all in a good day's work.

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Your Questions – Answered.

You expect your vacuum to do things like clean up spills, dust and pet hair, but a Shop-Vac® brand vac does so much more. A Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum is a tool you can use to help with all.

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You graduated. Now what?

It seems like just yesterday you were stepping on campus for the first time, trying to find your way to your first class, making friends through awkward ice breakers. Now those friends are like family, and you’ve found yourself in unknown territory...

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DIY Summer Project Ideas

While there are do-it-yourself projects for every season, summer is our favorite. The weather is perfect for taking on projects outside that give you an opportunity to enjoy the sun and make an impact on home and garage improvement or organization.

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The Ultimate List of Unexpected Uses for a Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vac

Do you have a question about your Shop-Vac® vacuum that you’ve been dying to ask, but just never had the chance? We do our best to answer customers’ questions in the most convenient way possible. This week, we decided to compile a list of some of the...

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Best Father's Day Gifts

It’s no secret that fathers can be tough to buy for. While we created this list in honor of Father’s Day, these gifts are good for birthdays, holidays and other celebrations, too.

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Top Accessories for Summer Water Fun

Whether you’re heading to the beach on vacation, spending time in the backyard pool, or taking a trip to the lake, get started on your summer water fun prep with these must-have accessories.

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National Clean Up Your Room Day

Regardless of whether you have a bedroom at home, a dorm room at college, or a whole house of rooms, National Clean Up Your Room Day is a day for you to tackle cleaning and organizing your space. And it happens to be today!

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Prep Your Yard Like a Pro

As spring weather is in full swing, it’s time to get outside and give your yard the tender loving care it deserves after a long, cold winter. We’ve included a list of tools that can help you get your yard in the best shape for summer – and will make...

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Every mom needs a GENUINE AMERICAN ORIGINAL Shop-Vac® wet dry vac!

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Must Haves to Keep Your Kid-Friendly House Clean

Keeping your house clean and keeping your kids happy can be a challenging task. Here are a few items that are popular for achieving the best of both worlds – happy kids and a clean house!

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What You Need to Spring Clean Like a Pro

Spring is only a few days away. Are you ready?

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Top 5 Things Every Pet Owner Needs

Here are 5 tips to help keep you, and your furry friends safe, happy, clean and healthy! What are your favorite pet products to keep your pooches happy?

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Top 10 Things a First-Time Home Buyer Forgets to Purchase

Congratulations! You’re buying your first home. Now that you have the keys, we want to make sure you don’t get caught in a new home without the items that were meant to make your new, home-owning life easier.

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How to Organize Your Garage

Put your spring fever to work and organize your garage. Regardless of how much space you have, there’s a lot of storage potential when it comes to your garage, if you organize it to its full-potential. Here are a few things that will help.

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Introducing the New, Shop-Vac® Line of Tear-Resistant Collection Bags

Our new, Tear Resistant Collection Bags are our toughest bags ever. They allow you to pick up large, heavy debris and feature a stronger collar with a built-in handle and collar cover that seals for easier, cleaner removal and disposal.

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Our Tough, New Stainless Steel Shop-Can® Line – These Cans CAN!

Designed with a can-ring system to keep trash bags securely fastened and an optional, caster-system bottom to provide easy mobility, our new Shop-Can® is perfect for residential and commercial applications.

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