I’m working on the central vac piping. The pipes are GO VACUUM brand for vacuum systems. These are 2″ but a bit smaller than Schedule 40 PVC. They supposedly build up less static inside them and fit the inlets exactly. They glue together much the same as plumbing pipe. The installation guidelines suggest using glue only on the pipe not the connectors.
I bought a couple of kits to put the system together as well as the long pieces of pipe.
The kit from Amazon included:
4 White Wall Plates.
4 Mounting Plates New Construction.
8 Stop Couplings
1 Can 8oz Glue.
4 90 Degree Short
8 Pipe Strap.
3 Sweep T.
8 45 Degree Elbow.
12 90 Degree Sweep.
120′ Low Voltage Wire.
I bought 25 straight pipes from Amazon too. They are each 56.5″ long and 2 inch diameter. And I ordered extra couplings.
I also purchased a dust pan inlet, one that accepts dirt swept from the floor, for the kitchen and a kit of three power inlets that allow the use of a powered vacuum head. The power inlets came with extra couplings and wire. I bought a powered vacuum head kit with a 30 ft. hose and another 40 ft. hose with a stainless wand and various attachments and extra bags. These items were from their retail store VacDepot.com which is now sent directly to Central Vacuum Stores.
Last month I added a stainless steel interceptor canister that allows the system to pick up liquids or heavy dirt and a nifty spin duster attachment that works by building up static in the brush that attracts the dust on furniture, and then sweeps the dirt off of it in a vacuum inlet attachment.
I just visited the web site though and they no longer sell online! They refer to Central Vacuum Systems but their products are not listed. Too bad. I thought the company had great products at reasonable prices. And the customer service was personal and well done. I hardly ever use a warranty so I doubt that will be an issue. I think the vacuum is repairable and the other items I bought were name brands such as Cen-Tec. I received an answer to my inquiry to Central Vacuum Stores about the Aspria. Turns out the Aspria was made by Cana-Vac for the VacDepot. So the version I purchased is almost the same as the Signature XLS 970 Cana-Vac.
The specifications are almost exactly the same. This is the Cana-Vac’s most powerful model. The warranty of the Aspria was 12 years and on the XLS 970 it is 15 years. The motor and other specifications are the same except that the bag is 6 gallons instead of 7 gallons. No wonder the Aspria’s specifications seemed so good. I was extremely lucky to buy all the components for about half of the cost of the Cana-Vac systems.
I now have a large box of items to put the system together. The plan is to install the dust pan inlet, three non-powered inlets, one of which has a dust pan option, and two powered inlets. There is also a utility inlet that goes close to the vac unit in the garage.