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Old 23-04-2018, 09:07 AM   #1
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Frankengeorge - DIY Extractor

This is Henners. He loves it.



For a long time, I've not really known how to tackle an interior. Not properly at least. So after a long time reading, and setting it out in my mind, I decided an extractor was the way to go. And of course there's only one to buy - Henners' big bro. Problem is, George is really expensive - and there's no disputing how great a tool he is - but it's a lot of money to tie up in something which is going to spend 98% of its time idle in the garage. I've got tools to buy and old Peugeots to make faster.

Plus, I like over-thinking the solution. And building tools.

So then, next best thing. Everyone raves about the Screwfix Titan wet vac. Cheap as chips and as a (significant) benefit, comes with a blower function too. This tool is basically free.

The hose is laughable, and the supposedly 'washable' filter you can buy for it (great idea for blowing, I thought) really isn't (disintegrates like toilet paper as soon as it gets damp). Upgrade those and we're on to a winner.



How though, to properly use it to extract the cleaning medium from the fabric? From watching online demos, it seems the real benefit of George is his nozzle. And for water supply, I considered pump sprayers and 12v ebay diaphragm pumps, but what about that big pump in the road that I can use for free? One trip to the Numatic parts catalogue and local friendly hydraulics company later, we have a fully functioning extractor (and blower) for the sum total of £93.




This thing works an absolute treat. Obligatory muddy water photo.




Only thing is, not sure if old Henry really approves... Still, he's still smiling!



If anyone wants to know what bits I used, I'll happily write up a parts list. Everyone who has the Titan vac should do this.
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If anyone wants to know what bits I used, I'll happily write up a parts list. Everyone who has the Titan vac should do this.
Oh, yes please!

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Old 23-04-2018, 10:32 AM   #3
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Will do then, I'll grab some more pictures later.
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Old 23-04-2018, 10:42 AM   #4
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Like it Intrigued to know how you push the cleaning solution along the hose?
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Are you using water pressure straight from the tap? If so, how are you delivering the cleaning solution, or are you not using any?
Like you, I can't justify spending loads on something like this, even with my man maths, so this could be ideal.
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This is an excellent idea, been keen to see how you put it together!
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Old 23-04-2018, 01:07 PM   #7
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This is an excellent idea, been keen to see how you put it together!
I to would like to know how you deliver the cleaning solution to the material, I have taught about a pressure pump sprayer with a modified nozzle, but how are you achieving it?
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It's a nice little mod but what you've payed for the extractor and the Titan vac you can pick up a 2nd George.
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Oh, yes please!

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What he said!!!

A detailed write-up would be fantastic.

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Just to add to the list of yes, a write up would be great
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