- Aug 30, 2007
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I am one of those gutless cheerleaders! I'm sorry MJ, I hope you participate on this forum forever. Its like a "Where's Perry" moment that long time readers can spot and predict and it always makes for a giggle. Thanks for adding to its unique character! BTW, I use dollar coins! I'm out of the closet!! (not that anyone cares)..I am referring to https://www.carwashforum.com/threads/politicians-on-the-take-one-tx-carwash.18718/ post #6 & its accompanying gutless cheerleaders!
That's why I mentioned installing 180 fittings inside the safes, if something goes wrong you could just pull off the fitting and use the safe.
I have a prediction that you will be rich one day and find streaks of silver in the columns of your wash one day. I have had a Vac-It-Up system in my site for over twenty years. It's a 5/2 with four double vac islands. The system has been close to "flawless", it's entire life, but it is possible to clog a line and you'll be rich when you clear the clog and might recover a half a five gallon bucket of quarters.My vac it up system was built in to the bay columns when this wash was built in 2006. The traps are close to ground level and had a 1 ft x 1 ft steel access door with a medco lock on it. All standard pvc pipe run up through the front column onto the roof going back to the equipment room where it feeds two hopper style safes.
When I purchased the wash I fired the system up worked fine but installed in bay coleman safes just to keep it simple. Had my guys spot weld the access doors shut and called it a day. I didn't want another system to jack with and the wash has plenty of maintenance items so figured I'd get rid of some moving parts.
The good news the clog was rare. I can't help wondering if any Canadian operators have the system & it there is any difference when larger coins are also vac'd up & not just quarters.you'll be surprised at how tightly quarters can pack together. It will only take once and you will learn and have a whole box of specialty items to get the pipe unclogged.
There used to be a number of Canadian Operators on this forum ... not sure how many left? I specifically was referring Canadian Operators which would mean Loonies & Toonies. But now that brought it up ... it could logically apply to dollar coins. Thanks for your suggestion!
I've dealt with some clogged vac-it-up systems myself, the worst of which used 1-1/4" pipe. I couldn't get anything down the tube to vacuum out the coins that the coins would still fit through. I ended up using a 4-prong snake snare and pulling them out a few at a time, which took a couple hours. The clogs were always caused by a failed motor.The real fun begins when trying to unclog the pipe and you'll be surprised at how tightly quarters can pack together.
not canadian, but the answer is yes - larger coins caused more jams for me - which is why I use .900 tokens.
4 prong snake, yikes. I use well casing. Fit is *almost* perfect, a little bit tight, but it does fit. Cut the tip at an angle. wd40 spray makes it slide around the curves better. Try not to let the casing kink, when that happens throw it out.I've dealt with some clogged vac-it-up systems myself, the worst of which used 1-1/4" pipe. I couldn't get anything down the tube to vacuum out the coins that the coins would still fit through. I ended up using a 4-prong snake snare and pulling them out a few at a time, which took a couple hours. The clogs were always caused by a failed motor.