Cutting down wand for yacht cleaning. What are the limitations of the rake of the tube?

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  1. Mrice
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    I do large (50-80ft) yacht (sportfishing) boats sometimes. There is no room to turn around. I'd like to bend this wand up at the head a lot sharper so that it hits the carpet with the head flat and glides well...and so that it would be much closer to my feet (imagine cleaning in a closet, with walls you can't scratch). I'd move the valve holder and cut 12 to 20 inches off the end. I'm 6'1" if that matters.

    At what point would the main tube be too steep? Would that cause it not extracting properly? I don't have extra wands to experiment with so once I cut this one I'm comitted. Thanks for any help.

    PS. I just got back from the beach. 2017-06-15 20.41.44.jpg 2017-06-15 20.41.18.jpg 2017-06-15 20.39.47.jpg
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    No wonder you're in a freaking trailer!
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    Look at that, the guy from Alabama with a pig as an avatar it talking to me about trailers. HAHA.

    PS Real men use 1.5 wands, ask Mikey.
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    Oh, sorry
    I just assume this was another Mat DAT
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    No go. That's too much knee time. But thanks for the suggestion.

    No problem Marty.
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    I don't see where altering the bend would affect the suction.

    However; once bent, stainless can work-harden. You might consider taking a vacuum cleaner wand and do a full sized mockup. Buy an exhaust tube bender from Harbor Freight and tinker until it is perfect.

    Then take the mockup to a good exhaust guy and have them cut, heat and bend your stainless wand.

    Get it right and there may be a market for such a wand.
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    Test different angles to see how far you can go before you loose a good seal.

    You should be able to hear and feel when the angle is too steep.

    You may be able to modify a glide face to compensate.
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    If it's too steep, it will be hard as hell to push!
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    That's why I'm going to increase the angle of the bend at the head to keep the face flat...


    At some point I feel it would be to steep. If you take it to an extreeme, a swooping 80 degree bend at the botom would have water comming nearly straight up...that's gotta slow down the process...I think.
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    That's the reason for the increase on the bend at the head...to keep the wand face flat against the carpet.
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    I know what you are saying, but the closer the wand head is to you, the less leverage you have to push it..
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    You would be best off cutting down a 14" head wand(to stair tool size) and spend the whole 15 seconds on your knees.. And then have a kick ass stair tool also!
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    Have you looked at this??

    Might save a lot of cutting & welding + time.

    Mytee 8300EZ 12inch Dual Jet Wand

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    14" is way too wide.

    Nice wand but it's about the same size as the one I have now. I'm hoping to make it more compact.
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    Thanks for the suggestion Matt. I've already got one of those...it's too long.
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    I have had excellent results using my RVjr >StairPro< on many boats. Turns on a dime and we all know rotary trumps wand every time. I doubt many boats get anywhere near a proper vacuum with any regularity.
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    He said "trump."

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