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rich_kildow
I got my 7116 all up and going now but the vacuum collector is fighting me every step of the way. It functions perfectly but the tube that goes from the collector to the trailer keeps coming off at the collector. It is supposed to be held on to the neck of the blower with a hose clamp type thing, which I have, but it just isn't doing it. I'd like to bolt through it and into the neck of the collector, but since you can't access the inside with the tube on, just running bolts through is out. I don't want to do machine screws since I'm sure they will just shake out. Anybody have any fixes for this? My over-engineered fix (which is the only kind I know how to pull of) is drill 4 holes into the top of the blower neck, weld 1/4" nuts in there aligned with the holes, and then bolt through the tube into those nuts. I could even use the existing clamp band as reinforcement. Any better ideas? http://www.simplicityva.com/Image065.jpg it is this exact setup if that helps.

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rich_kildow
I don't know that there is room around the neck for 2 hose clamps, but I'll give it a shot. It is tightening down, but it just doesn't seem like any amount of clamping is going to do it.

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rich_kildow
I didn't think of that...I'll keep an eye on that. I have some corrugated drain pipe around that I think is the right size, so I might be able to make an extension if that doesn't work. Does anybody know how long that piece is supposed to be?

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I just moved it fully to each side by hand and the tubing just flexes, so I don't think it has to do with the movement. The 2 bolts holding the neck that goes into the tube were set with the head inside the tube and the parts manual shows them with the head out. Switching them seemed to help the fit and I was able to get the clamp on good and tight. We'll find out if it holds tomorrow.

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MysTiK
If that doesn't work, try more duct tape. :D It is a duct, right? What would Red Green say? Or, what would Perry say? Remember, if you ever have any perplexing problems, duct tape will save the day. sm03 And if it doesn't, use more duct tape. sm00 And you can always reapply it next time too.

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