|From an engineering standpoint,
it is hard to find any flaws in the Doc-it
retractable hose system.
With the need for an easier way of vacuuming the
Cana-Vac Company quickly developed the
Doc IT Retractable
Hose System to release
to the public. The Cana-Vac Company which also manufactures central vacuums
loves the rock solid design of the Doc-it.
As for the other hide-a-central-vacuum-hose
retractor system on the market, the news isn't so good.
We did not care much for the overall poor design, the super hard installation
and the many horror stories we encountered.
The Doc IT is the easiest to install in any new or existing home. It can be
installed in as little as an hour.
Some of the installation requirements with the other hide-a-central-vacuum-hose retractable hose management roubling and would be almost impossible for any
requires a maze of piping that goes from the wall inlet to
the end of the hose. That equals to an additional 30, 40 or 50 feet of piping,
depending on your hose size. And keep in mind, this is per inlet. Also, once
this piping turns horizontal it must stay horizontal for the length of the hose
and cannot climb or drop. This means you will be required to have a 30-50 foot
straight run of pipe. This is per inlet, and will greatly decrease the suction
of your central vacuum. And to more complicate things, you cannot use standard
elbows and fittings and are required to use their fittings only. You will also
be required to support this maze and it will require many more pipe straps then
a normal installation. It is highly recommended that a certified trained
install this set up...assuming you can find one that is willing.
When researching the other
System we came across many scary thoughts
and "what if" questions.
1) What if something should clog and/or get stuck in the hose? You would have a
serious problem on your hands and 98% of vacuum repair technicians would not
touch it with a 10 foot pole.
2) What if there is a problem with the central vacuum unit? This other
relies solely on suction to pull the hose back in, which raises even more
questions. What if the hose is fully extended and the unit has a problem? We
have heard of many problems about not being able to get the hose back into the
wall due to poor suction. If there is a problem with the central vacuum unit,
you may be without a vacuum for weeks or months, leaving your hose fully
extended and stuck out. We must get 5-15 calls a week regarding problems with
this system. Trying to find a qualified technician or installer to handle such
an issue will be a problem. Most installers or technicians simply do not want to
touch this problem! This makes having any warranty work done almost impossible.
With the Doc-it the hose is its own entity and runs off a motorized retractor
keeping the vacuum and the retractable hose system completely separate. Also
with the Doc-it you can use as little or as much hose needed up to 55 ft. so
you're not left dragging around useless lengths of hose.
How can I take off and clean my hose sock? With this set-up it is almost
impossible to take the hose sock off and wash it. Even if you manage to
accomplish this almost impossible task (honestly, we can't), what happens when
it shrinks and you need to put it back on? Virtually impossible!
4) Will the hose sock clean itself? You may hear such ridiculous claims such as
"the sock cleans itself" or "it is self-cleaning" etc. . . . This is far from
the truth!! So please beware. Although this sounds good in theory and some
customers could be naive enough to believe it, the truth is only a washing
machine can clean a hose sock or hose cover. Only a machine can wash and remove
the dirt, hair build up, dust, spider webs etc. from a hose sock. Everything
that is picked up with a central vacuum travels through the piping where dirt
accumulates the hose then retracts back into the piping where the hose sock will
rub against all that accumulated dirt. This is simply a ridiculous claim. If you
live in a hot or humid area there is condensation caused by the humidity, their
sock will retain such an odor you will not be able to get rid of the smell. With
Doc-it the hose is designed of ultra-soft velvet like rubber, not a rough hard
plastic with ribs that could damage your furniture or moldings. There is no need
for a hose sock as the material is hair, dirt and dust repellent. The hose
instruction is to spray some pledge on its surface to coat the mechanism. Apply
once a year, no greasiness or residue to be alarmed about. The Doc-it is
extremely simple to maintain and will be trouble free for years.
5) What about the extra pipe needed for the hose to retract into? Remember the
hose has to fully retract into the piping which causes a need for longer runs.
By adding another 150 to 300 feet or more of pipe you are guaranteed to lose
suction. This will lead to spending more than you originally budgeted for on a
more powerful vacuum unit to make up for the loss. This system might then have
to use a 240 volt vacuum to ensure more suction power. These 240 volt vacuums
are more expensive and limit your options on what central vacuum to choose and
are also mainly designed for the much larger home. The goal is to use fewer
elbows and fewer pipes to maximize suction power, and this system requires the
Don't let this happen to you!
6) Will it be hard to find someone to install this system? All the installers we
spoke to across the country did not have many good things to say about
installing this type of retractable hose system. Things such as not being able
to fit it into every situation, needing extra pipe etc. Depending on the set-up
of the home, it can be very difficult to add this type of system. Adding an
extra 30-50 feet of pipe for each inlet behind the walls is not very appealing
to installers. This system may be a few bucks cheaper, but in the long run you
will pay double with the amount of labor. The very poor design of this style
retractable system makes for a very difficult installation, and it's even more
difficult to find someone who will install it for you. Imagine the nightmare it
would be for a do-it-yourselfer!
Did you know?
With the competitors retractable hose system with all the addition piping that
is required your attic will be a jungle gym of installation materials. This
excessive piping will literally reduce the amount of attic space due to the
abundance of specialty piping needed for the installation. More pipes equals
less suction and more issues further down the road. This monstrosity is referred
to as "raceways"!
7) Can I use an electric carpet nozzle? With this style retractable hose system you are unable to use an electric
powered carpet nozzle. This means if you have medium to high pile carpeting or
have pet hair problems, you will not be able to get the job done. This style
system only allows you to use an air driven turbo nozzle which is only designed
for low pile carpet and area rugs. With the Doc-it retractable hose system you
have the ability to not only use up to a 55ft. hose but also use electric
attachments. Doc-It also offers and exclusive 3 to 6 year accessory warranty
depending on which package you choose to purchase.
Accessories Included with The Premium Doc
IT 55 Foot XLS Hose Management System
Why the Doc-It
Retractable Hose System???
TThe Doc-it Retractable Hose System was designed to be very easy for the
"do-it-yourselfer". Well designed to be very user friendly and easy to install.
With countless hours of field testing and re-testing, making modifications and
revisions, it has been built to perfection. 95% of our do-it-yourselfers install
these systems themselves. Also, future repairs are made to be very simple as the
motor and hose are very easy to get to.
The Doc-it is 99% maintenance free for many years to come. Less than 1% of
Doc-it systems ever produced has run into a problem where the hose got stuck in
the wall. With a built-in quick release, there's never a need for a technician
to come out and fix this retractable hose system. You'll never hear of any
horror stories about the Doc-it retractable hose management system.
trend for 2011/12 - The Doc It System
Doc-It Retractable Hose System
Other Hose Systems
on the market
with any central vacuum!
with less than 2% of central vacuums...
With the Doc-it you can bring out the hose as little or as much as you like.
With the easy to use "In & Out" options on the handle, you can simply move the
hose back and forward to get the perfect amount of hose you need.
The Doc-it features a super long 45 ft. to 55ft. hose, so you will only need one
or two set-up's instead of one in every inlet. A single Doc-it unit will cover
anywhere up to 3,000 square feet. This in itself will eliminate a lot of the
cost involved in the installation. It is much easier and more cost effective to
put one or Doc-it systems in a home then it would be to install something in
every inlet of the home.
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