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How to Install a Central Vacuum - Manual Introduction

Learn the ins and outs of installing a Central Vacuum in your home!

Congratulations, you have joined the growing number of households to enjoy the many benefits of owning a central vacuum system. This article contains an overview of how to install a central vacuum system.


  • 1/2" Right Angle Electic Drill
  • 2-1/2" Hole Gutter
  • 1/4" Masonry Bit
  • 1/8" Drill Bit Hack Saw or Small Hand Saw
  • Pocket or Utility Knife
  • Steel Measuring Tape
  • Screw Driver (Philips)
  • Screw Driver (Slot)
  • Electrical Tape and Connectors
  • Wire Coat Hanger

Installing a central vacuum system is a straightforward do-it-yourself project that doesn't require special tools or skills. The procedure is quite simple if you take your time and follow the instructions carefully. Always fully consider the implications before you cut into a wall. Make sure you have chosen the right location and are not cutting into any hidden electrical wires or plumbing.

Plan Ahead!

Planning is the key to the successful installation of a central vacuum system. A balance between the best locations for the inlet valves and the practicality of installing in these locations must be obtained. With a little ingenuity, most locations can be reached.

Repurposed by M.D. Manufacturing for internet use by permission of Vaculine (Canplas Industries in Ontario, Canada). Vaculine manufactures high quality central vacuum fittings at exacting standards to provide positive seals, easy installation and superior air flow characteristics.

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