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The Hide A Hose Retractable Hose System harnesses the suction from the Power Unit (usually installed in the garage) to retract the hose back into the PVC tubing hidden within the walls or floor space of your home.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 


Where does  the hose go?


The Hide A Hose Retractable Hose System harnesses the suction from the Power Unit (usually installed in the garage) to retract the hose back into the PVC tubing hidden within the walls or floor space of your home.

Is this only for new construction or can my home be retrofitted?

As long as there is access, the system can be installed in most homes. You’re local installer would need to visit your home to make sure it can be done.

As long as there is access, the system can be installed in most homes.
With the Hide A Hose System, a 9, 12, or 15 metre hose can be used.


Can you retrofit an existing ducted  vacuum system?

The answer is yes, however, most of the plumbing used by your existing system will have to be replaced. The reason is, standard ducted vacuum systems are plumbed with standard 90’s and fittings that prevent the hose from travelling through the tubing. Because the Retractable Hose System actually stores the hose in the PVC tubing, special sweep 90’s and 45’s are required which allow the hose to travel through the tubing. Also, you have to make sure that your ducted vacuum unit is powerful enough to drive the system.

How long are the Hoses?

A standard ducted vacuum system uses a 9 metre hose. Anything longer than that is just too big to carry and store. With the Hide A Hose System, a 9, 12, or 15 metre hose can be used. The benefit is that with a longer hose the number of inlets needed is usually reduced by half. Fewer inlets will save time and makes vacuuming more convenient.

Can a Hose Sock be used?

The main benefit of a hose sock is so to prevent furniture and woodwork from getting scratched by the hose. Each hose comes standard with a hose sock.

Will the Hose Sock get dirty from being stored in the tubing?

The sock actually stays cleaner than a hose sock with a standard ducted vac system. Hose sock’s picks up dirt and dust from floors while vacuuming. Every time the power unit is turned on and the hose is in the wall the suction from the power unit is continually cleaning the hose. That doesn’t happen when the hose is sitting in a closet.

How do you turn the power unit on?

The system can be turned on by a low voltage switch at each inlet. The system can also be turned on and off by an optional remote control (rf) switch.

Can I use any type of power unit?

As the retractable system utilises the vacuum generated by the power unit to work properly, the power unit required normally is a higher rated unit in terms of its power in vacuum and airflow. Given longer hoses can be used with the system, airflow becomes important also, and units with higher airflow and overall vacuum are normally specified. Your installer will recommend what system is required.

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