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How to Connect Vacuum Hoses with Shelf Pins Instead of Expensive Connectors
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Using a shelf pin to connect vacuum hoses Rather than pay for an expensive replacement vacuum hose connection fitting, a common shelf pin will work to lock most common hose configurations.

I was just about to order one of those fancy (and expensive!) quick-connect fittings to solve the problem of my vacuum hoses always pulling apart at the most inopportune moments. But then it occurred to me that a metal shelf pin might just do the trick. I connected the hose to one of my vac attachments, drilled a 1/4" hole through them both and wedged in a shelf pin. The pins have a long enough shank to lock the assembly together, yet they’re not so long as to protrude into the airstream and obstruct the airflow. They work well!

posted on August 1, 2010 by Woodworker's Journal
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