Dust Collector Coupler - Cheap & Versatile

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Project by Sir_Robert posted 07-30-2008 08:32 PM 5954 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a bright idea at the neighbor’s swimming pool the other day, watching kids play with those long foam noodles. I bought one for about three bucks, cut it into sections about 8 inches each, and used them to make couplers for my vacuum hoses and power tool dust ports.

The neat thing about the noodles is that they already have a hole in the center and they are flexible. This means you don’t have to spend a bundle at the tool store for specially sized adaptors to fit each tool’s dust port.

-- Sir Robert

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Dan M

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#1 posted 07-30-2008 08:42 PM

Now that’s what I call using the ol’ noodle!

(sorry .. I truly couldn’t resist)

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#2 posted 07-30-2008 08:43 PM

Neat trick, thanks for sharing the in-foam-ation. ha!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 07-30-2008 08:50 PM

Now that is a great idea. So cheap, yet so useful.

I will be looking for my noodle now.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#4 posted 07-30-2008 09:23 PM

Sir Robert, you are my knight in shining armour.
What fantastic solution to one of my pet peeves. (No uniformity in dust collection ports).

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#5 posted 07-30-2008 09:31 PM

much better than messy duct tape

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#6 posted 07-30-2008 10:03 PM

Brilliant, and in sexy colors as well!

Furthermore, they have to be a real plus in case your tools fall in the pool!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#7 posted 07-30-2008 10:08 PM

Bouy-O-Bouy, looks like you put a plan into foam-ation… lol… great tip

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 07-30-2008 11:01 PM

Interesting tip. I may have to try that. I’ll have to take a look at some of my sanders, biscuit jointer, and the like. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#9 posted 07-31-2008 02:08 AM

Would not have thought of that, but I’m stopping-by Wally World for a noodle now!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#10 posted 07-31-2008 04:11 AM

I think Dan M should win some kind of prize for his comment.

Good thinking,


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 07-31-2008 11:25 PM

Sir Robert, thats a great idea. Thanks

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 08-27-2008 09:33 AM

great idea! Does it collapse under the suction?

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#13 posted 08-27-2008 06:20 PM

On a butt-end fit (same diameter hose and port) If you cut the noodle to the combined length of both pieces being joined, there is no stress on the noodle. It just serves as a sleeve to hold the hose end and the port together.

On an ID/OD fit-up (see the bandsaw application in another project) the noodle is squeeqed between the OD of the vacuum hose end and the ID of the bandsaw dust port, so it’s compacted enough where it can withstand the suction.

I would not recommend noodles as part of your dust collection ductwork. They’re too flimsy and will collapse from internal suction.

One last thought: If the noodle fit is loose, shoot a SMALL AMOUNT of Great Stuff® or similar expanding foam product in to fill the gap. DON’T use Gorilla Glue® unless you want a permanent bond!

-- Sir Robert

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#14 posted 09-09-2008 08:52 AM

Very clever..

-- Robby Myer, Walnut Creek, CA

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#15 posted 06-07-2009 04:22 AM

hah. i was just looking at these in the store thinking that there MUST be some “use” for these things. very nice. thanks!

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