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

Inflate Pool Toys

All you need to inflate your pool toys and air mattress is a Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum with a blower port and inflator nozzle.

Retrieve Valuables From Drain

Get your jewelry out from the depths of your drain with our Drain Hero® attachment.

Clean Up Bugs

Do you have some pesky bugs that you’d like to get rid of? Consider vacuuming spiders, beetles and flies up. (Warning: bees can be dangerous, so we recommend saving that job for the pros.)

Retrieve Items Lost In Couch

Chances are you’ve lost something in between couch cushions or underneath the car seats. Use your Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum to discover your lost treasures, like the remote.

Clean Up Toys

Just imagine those Legos all over the floor after an evening of fun. Rather than picking them up individually, vacuum them up with your Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum, and dump them into the toy chest.

Find Fido’s Toys

Our pets aren’t always the most organized. The next time you find yourself down on all fours searching for Fido’s favorite toy, rethink your strategy and consider using one of our vacs with an extension attachment to get the job done.

Play Fetch

Get a Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum with a blower port and you can add a new dynamic to your game of fetch. Just turn on the vac and place the ball at end of hose. (We stole this one from one of our Win a Shop-Vac Contest winners.)

Draining Bird Baths and/or Ponds

Draining bird baths and ponds can be a messy hassle. But you’re Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum has “wet” in its name for just this reason. If you have a small bird bath you can vacuum the water up. For a larger project, like draining a pond, you’ll want to harness the power of our Pump Vac with a little help from your garden hose.

Defrost Deep Freezer

Every once and a while, you need to defrost your deep freezer. It’s inconvenient, so chances are you don’t do it often. But, when you do, your Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum can make it a little easier. Go through the usual motions – unplug the freezer and then add warm water. Close the lid, let it thaw out and then use your Pump Vac to move water from your freezer to a sink or outdoors.

Remove Air From Storage Bags

Need to seal those storage bags up? Just attached the end of your Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum hose to the bag and remove the air. Don’t have a hose that fits the storage bag? We have a variety of adapters available for under $10.

Remove Puddles and Debris From Basketball Court or Ball Field

A good thunderstorm can leave your basketball court or ball field a mess! Everything from massive puddles to debris can get in the way of playing a game. Rather than trying to comb the court or field and remove debris by hand, take your Shop Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum with you to do the dirty work (bonus: Your Shop-Vac® brand vac can even remove the puddles!).

Clean Dryer Vent

If you can’t remember the last time you gave your dryer vent a thorough cleaning, it’s overdue. Start by unplugging your dryer, and detaching the vent from the dryer. Use your crevice tool to get in the vent and clear out all of the lint that has collected. Your clothes will thank you.

Fish Wires Through a Pipe

Once you have a pipe, and the wire(s) you need to fish through that pipe, you’re often left wondering how you’re going to pull them through. What has the ability to pull? A Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum. Start by entering a long, light string into one end of the pipe. Then, attach your vac to the other end of the pipe, seal it up as best you can, and turn it on. Make sure you keep an eye on the string, as you don’t want to the majority of the string to end up in the vac. Once you’ve got the string through, you can attach it to your wires and pull them through. Having trouble envisioning how this works? We found a great how-to article with some pictures.

Digging Holes For Fence Posts

Digging holes for landscaping, fence posts, etc., can be a strenuous process. Let your Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum do some of the work. Use a dig bar or shovel to break up the dirt and then use your vac to remove the loose dirt from the hole. Once you’ve collected the loose dirt, you can dump it.

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