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Post# 129102   3/27/2011 at 09:19 (4,724 days old) by kirbyduh (Kentucky )        

I have a beautiful blue electrrolux cloth hose that doesn't leak at all. It does, however have a clog. I hooked it up to my model E exhaust and barely any air blew through the end. It also made the machine "wheeze". While it was on the exhaust I unfolded a wire hanger and pushed it in as far as it would go and only tiny bits of dirt flew out and it was still just as weak. I then inserted the hanger into the other end, but again only little pieces of mulch came out. So, does anyone have any tips on how to unclog this hose?
P.S. I have put it on the exhaust and stuck the handle in the suction inlet but it doesn't make any difference.
Thanks in advance for any help!

Post# 129105 , Reply# 1   3/27/2011 at 09:29 (4,724 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        
Try this

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While having the hose attached to the blower, put the wand end of the hose into the suction port. Make sure you have a new bag in it.


Post# 129106 , Reply# 2   3/27/2011 at 09:35 (4,724 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
it's obviously plugged

somewhere in the middle of the hose. With the hose in the exhaust, try gently flexing the hose starting at the exhaust and moving towards the open end. Or, use a broom handle, or a length of conduit long enough to reach where it's clogged and gently try to dislodge it. A plumber's snake would work too. Just be careful to not snag or scrape the lining of the hose in the process or wedge whatever is plugging it even harder.

Post# 129107 , Reply# 3   3/27/2011 at 09:49 (4,724 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Could be a crumpled piece of paper wadded up against something as silly as a toothpick or hairpin. subsequent ingestions of dust & hair are piling up against it building a bird's nest clog.
Well, you want to knock out whatever it is from the coupler end of the hose toward the wand end.
A broom/rake handle is never long enough nor do you want something larger than 1" diameter.
I use a roof rake hollow pole with click together segments up to 20 feet long.
Another good pole is a long bit of quarter round cove molding or a drapery track 'I' beam.
Once you hit the clog you'll feel it - don't keep pushing, you want to knock against it until it dislodges.

The worst clog I had to deal with was a plastic toy soldier that was just big enough that the arms & legs wedged against the side walls. Nothing left to lose so I just kept banging against it until it moved to the end one coil at a time.

Good luck and do let us know what the mystery clog is.


Post# 129115 , Reply# 4   3/27/2011 at 10:36 (4,724 days old) by scvacuumguy (SC)        

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If you have a filter queen, try placing the blower end of the hose on the Lux hose. Blow each end and see if anything comes out. If that doesn't work, the broom handle suggestion works well. Another thing we do at the store is taking a screw placed in a piece of molding. This can be used very carefully to remove clogs and pull out what is inside. Let us know how things go!

Post# 129125 , Reply# 5   3/27/2011 at 11:11 (4,724 days old) by drodger ()        

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Post# 129485 , Reply# 6   3/28/2011 at 17:45 (4,723 days old) by KirbyDS80 (California)        
Shop vac

If you have a shop vac what i'd do is take the hose off the electrolux and stick the hose of the shop vac in it and turn the shop vac on. If done long enough the item clogging the hose should come out.

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