Utility knife. Slice right though it. Then trim it a little so it threads into cuff.Check out some pics (no before picture I know wtf but the carpets weren't very soiled to begin with) from second time cleaning today and I will share my experience from today. Caution: long post.
I ran it with 100' ft of vac hose because I wanted to see the system work at 100' including the lint hog filter in use. Having only two 50' vac hoses made the choice simple. I also used a piglet filter in the lint hog too. I checked my vac lines for leakage once I git started and it did seem like their might of been hissing from around the lint hog but the connections were as tight as they could be so I chalked it up to that just being how it is.
Once I verify I can cut my 50 footer myself with a hacksaw or sawzall without sacrificing connections or power or something I think I will do that so I can shorten default hose runs with filter.
It was cold (44) and rainy today so maybe that made it harder to dry but like the first time I did MANY dry strokes today to get it dry. Was dry 90% in 1 hour before we left.
I shut generator and everything off after pre spraying with my inline sprayer because why let everything run for 10 minutes while it dwells and I agitate with the crb? Wondering if another sprayer might be better for most jobs for this reason. Also, to get hot water I have to fire the wand then switch to the inline sprayer to make warm/hot pre spray. Doesn't feel ideal but might be a necessary evil. Unless cold pre spray is just as good?
Also, can you keep and reuse leftover pre spray? Both times poured out a shit ton because the 100 square feet I cleaned didn't require much at all.
On the other hand I think my APO is working because when I was rolling up the APO hose water poured out of both ends. Still a little surprised that the air hog doesn't fully pump out its contents and empty itself. Maybe my expectations were too high and I guess I will have to empty it might self and rinse it occasionally to keep it clean.
If it wasn't for my wife stating how great the carpets looked and commenting that she would pay for that level of cleaning I might say Im a little underwhelmed. Dont get me wrong Im satisfied with results but its annoying when I see little flecks and bits of things in the carpet that is unmoved after my HWE. I think I expected to blast out and suck up everything with my Hot water and vacs. Also, I can't say for sure if I had a rat nasty lol my wand would cut through it like you see on youtube.
Something else I noticed was because I do many dry strokes after wet strokes I think that gives a chance for my water to cool off. I think it might be better for me to do wet strokes and a dry stroke or two to keep my water hot throughout the cleaning (for hopefully a better cleaning) and then come back for more dry strokes later. I think this is a BIG KEY to better HWE.
Over 2 hours from beginning to end to clean this tiny area. Which is a great improvement over day one but there is much room for efficiency.
I definitely need to order the hose reels and get the AutoFill and APO, and Solution line hooked up live and I think that would be a huge improvement.
Believe it or not kind of like I mentioned above making prespray is kind of like a shit show as well as cleaning out the sprayer afterwards is cumbersome. I put almost 2 scoops of black label in today and only filled my inline sprayer upon to the first line - however much that was, a quart? Its all in the van now..
**Also, today was first ever try with stain removal. My daughter spilled like a half bottle or full bottle of nail polish like 6-8 months ago so my expectations weren't very high. Upon damoing with a brush and towel there was almost no transfer. I applied a bunch of gel I have let it dwell, pre sprayed over it and almost no result after extracting. If I knew how to do carpet repair I think that is what is needed on that one.
If you made it this far you either are entertained by newbie follies or are bored and pissed you wasted the time.
Thank you for reading and I am always open to others thoughts and feedback.