Central Vacuum Pipe Routing Guide

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Getting a Pipe Routed to the Desired Location

Instructions: Below are 35 possible inlet valve locations. If you want to see where in a home some of these installations would be appropriate, click on the "Fig. Arrow" link.

If you want to start with the floor plans that have call outs for possible inlet locations, chose one of these.
Figure 1 - Single Story Floor Plan
Figure 2 - Double Story Floor Plan (1)
Figure 3 - Double Story Floor Plan (2)

1. INSIDE A WALL
Clean and neat. Use sonar or metal detector. Remove fire blocks with "Trailblazer".
2. THROUGH A WALL IN FRONT OF A DEAD SPACE
Very safe method. Work from closet side.
3. THROUGH THE FLOOR
Use metal inlets and locate close to walls near doorways. Fig. 2, Arrow 11

4. ON THE KICK OF A STAIRCASE
Power unit could go under stairs. Fig. 3, Arrow 10
4b. IN A STEP
Watch out for trimmer.
5. DOWN A PANTRY AND MOUNTED ON THE SIDE
Watch out for sliding drawers. Fig. 1, Arrow 9

6. IN A CABINET OR ON THE SIDE OF CABINET
Inlet sometimes preferred inside the cabinet.

7. IN THE KICK OF A CABINET
Can be new construction also.
8. IN THE CEILING
Common in restaurants or in basement.

9. MOUNTED IN CLOSETS (no graphic)
You can travel vertically or horizontally and from closet to closet. Fig. 1, Arrow 1


10. DOWN A STUDDED WALL INTO A CABINET
You would have to cut a hole in the back of the cabinet to access the pipe. Fig. 1, Arrow 5

11. DOWN A FORCED AIR CLOSET AND OR RETURN AIR DUCT


Check local building codes - sometimes you can even crawl in this area. Fig. 2, Arrow 7

12. IN PANTRIES (see graphic 5)
Same as Item 5, make sure you holesaw the shelves so the wood does not shatter. Fig. 2, Arrow 1

13. ATTIC ADJOINING
Make sure inlet is user-friendly.
14. CRAWL SPACE ADJOINING
Usually in sunken living room or where a step down is.

15. RECESSED LIGHT PANELS
From the recess shove the horizontal pipe in with a sweep 90 and short pipe to drop through to meet left vertical piece. Don't forget to run wire first. Fig. 2, Arrow 3
16. SOFFIT AREAS
This might require opening an access from above through a closet. Fig. 2, Arrow 13
17. BEHIND WASHER AND DRYER: Make sure you use white pipe.
18. FAKE VAULTED CEILINGS
It may surprise you how often this will fool you. It allows more access.

19. OUTSIDE EAVES
(Top View) Usually in a remodel or garage conversion.

20. OUTSIDE, UNDERGROUND, AND IN PLANTER AREA
Back into closed or mounted on exterior wall.
21. NEXT TO VENT PIPES FROM ATTIC TO BASEMENT
Use metal pipe.

22. INSIDE ABANDONED VENT PIPES
23. ALONG OUTSIDE OF KITCHEN WALL
Access from top left to bottom right.
(no graphic for 24, 25)

24. DOWN NEXT TO AIR DUCT SHAFTS
Try head first with rope tied around your feet! Fig. 3 Arrow 11, Fig. 2 Arrow 13

25. INSIDE ABONDONED DUMBWAITERS, LAUNDRY CHUTES, TRASH CHUTES


26. DETACHED GARAGES
Run pipe/wire underground in side a 3-inch drain pipe.

27. INSIDE JOIST BAYS FROM GARAGE TO HOUSE
May have to create access hole in closet floor. Fig. 2 Arrow 13


28. ALONG THE BASEBOARDS

(no graphics for 29-35)
29. DEAD SPACE FROM ABOVE OR BELOW. Fig. 1, Arrow 14
30. GARAGE ADJOINING. Fig. 1, Arrow 11
31. EXTERIOR INLET. Fig. 1, Arrow 16
32. PANELED WALLS. Remove paneling or mirrors.
33. BEHIND BATHTUB. Fig. 3, Arrow 18
34. FLAT ROOM. Run the pipe out exterior wall, around eaves and then across roof.
Raise it upon 2x4's and cover it with galvanized gutter.
35. TO COVER UP MISTAKES, USE BLANK ELECTRICAL PLATES, "FOAM-O-FIL".