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I've had a Kenmore 3.9hp canister vacuum for years, which is still in excellent condition, because I'm a bachelor and it doesn't get used much. But there is a growing 1-inch tear at the base of the plastic hose. The hose gets stressed especially at the base when I use the machine. What can I use to patch the rip?

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Douglas from CA

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June 26, 20070 found this helpful

I'd get some bathroom caulking, shoe goo, or some kind of rubber caulk. Clean the surface very well and have it very dry, then apply to the cracked place. Let it dry thoroughly before using. It will be flexible so would probably work.

If all else fails, duct tape can be used but it does look a lot more tacky. Make sure the surface is good and clean before sticking it down and form around the bumps (wires) in the hose.

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June 26, 20070 found this helpful

As my husband used for ours till the motor goes or the whole hose goes- use duct tape. I know it looks tacky but it does get the job done. I have had it one there for about 6 months and it still runs great.

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have a good one.

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By Deb (Guest Post)
June 27, 20070 found this helpful

Duct Tape!! I have it on my basement vacumn for years and it's still holding.

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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

Back in my single days and before I could afford a new hose, I used duct tape. Works great. The split will still get bigger and the duct tape will attract dust and dirt. But the nice thing about it is that you can rip off the old nasty duct tape and put on new. Duct tape also comes in a variety of colors at your local Wal-Mart, so you might be able to match the color of the hose.

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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

I can't believe that duct tape isn't the first thing that comes to your mind to fix anything! LOL It even comes in lots of different colors now.

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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

You can tear the duct tape into narrower strips so that it will adapt better to the corrugated contours. You could use a hose clamp from the auto parts department if it needs reinforcement to stop the bending from worsening the hole. Thanks for the pic!

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By denise (Guest Post)
June 27, 20070 found this helpful

my very first thought was to use a hot glue gun.

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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

Duct tape. Hot glue will come off as it flexes.

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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

Well this is finally a case where I can say "Been there, done that!" I accidentally vacuumed up a small pencil form under my sons bed and it tore a small hole in my vacuum hose too! I took out one of his bicycle tire repair kits (from walmart) and fixed it as you would a bike tire! Its been about 2 yrs now and its still holding up perfectly. Hope you give it a try.. i know it will work :)

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Kim

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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

Duct tape. I had a Kenmore canister vacuum for many years, and by the time I gave up on it, it still worked but the motor heated up too quickly. And the hose was almost entirely covered with duct tape. It's a good machine.

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful

Use black electrical tape- it will take the "heat". I think duct tape's glue would get sticky.

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By Pat (Guest Post)
June 30, 20070 found this helpful

I, too used duct tape successfully

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By Keith a.k.a Mcgiver (Guest Post)
July 29, 20070 found this helpful

Ok I agree duct tape would work fine, if this was my project i would try Ace Hardware or Home Depot for shrink tubing (just slightly larger than the hose) this would allow it to slide over. Detach ur hose slide a 4 inch piece of s-tubing centered over the split then use the heat from a hair dryer to shrink the tubing. This will be flexible and long lasting, good luck my fellow makeshifter

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By ARlene (Guest Post)
September 16, 20070 found this helpful

What type of vacuum cleaner bag does this use?

I just inherited this vacuum cleaner it works great and I used duct tape to fix the hose.

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August 27, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks for the suggestions, opinions and ideas everyone!
Off to get Stuck Up so I can Suck Up!

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Anonymous
January 19, 20160 found this helpful

I suggest cleaning it with windex cuz it leaves no residue. Then I use 3M electrical tape cuz though it costs 3X as much as regular tape it is 10X better and will be for years.

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Stretch it a bit as you put it on.

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July 19, 20200 found this helpful

My problem was that the split was near the handle, but the hose was welded to the handle and could not be replaced. Noting that the hose is a spiral, I fashioned a coil spring by cutting off the hook of a wire coat hanger and winding the long straight bit at the bottom round my thickest broom handle, the idea being to 'screw' the spring round each end of the split, and act as a sort of splint to hold them together. Of course the spring had too small a radius and the coils were too close together, but that's no problem. I just kept stretching the spring and pushing the ends round towards each other until both dimensions matched the hose, and then it did indeed thread around the two ends of the hose.

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With this 'splint' holding the ends of the split together, I then cleaned the whole area with methylated spirit ready for the next stage. I them mixed a whole pack of Evo-Stik Plumbers Mait, a plasticine-like substance that sets hard, and wrapped it all round the split and 2cm up and down the hose from it, right up to the handle, pushing it well into the coils of the hose. Then, as it looked as if I might have spread it a bit thin and it might break under pressure, once it had set I repeated the process with a second pack, making a really thick ring round the hose. So far I've cleaned the house once and it was fine, and it certainly looks very strong.

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