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I have an old 1.5 hp 10 gallon wet dry shop vac.do i have to have a special filter or can i make my own and can it burn up from not having the right filter?

\015 Its an older vac and i found it.the old spongy filter was no good and i made a filter out of a home air conditioner filter.i havent used it yet because im scared it could burn up.i only need it for carpet vacum.will too much air suction burn it up?\015

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