In the vacuum parts, we have a wood saw that can be used for cutting out the 2×4 at the bottom of the wall. This saw is marked with the size and shape of the vac-pan. If you cut too little out, the vac-pan won’t fit. If you cut too much, you won’t have anything to screw into to mount it.

babyvacuumThe pipe needs to line up at the back of the opening, and slightly to the left. The flex-hose allows to slip the pan in after the wall and base-board are up and allows us a little tolerance. We then glue a coupler on the bottom of the pipe and ensure the bottom of the coupler is 1-3/8” off the sub-floor. The finished floor will be 3/8” or ½”. That will put it 1” off the finished floor – right where we want it.

A vac-pan in the cabinet will just stub up through the floor. Final installation must be coordinated with the cabinet people.

In any case, always take good notes and a picture for identifying the location.


These tech tips are intended to provide insights to small nuances to help with many different products we offer. It is the small attention to detail that separates an outstanding job from an OK one. Although these apply primarily to technicians, they will help others gain insight to what the technicians do – in small doses.

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