Cordless cleanup a home improvement joy

DeWalt vacuum soaks up 100 gallons of water on a single charge

Can you imagine a small, light, canister vacuum cleaner that you can take anywhere – the shop, the basement, up on the roof, on a ladder or a scaffold – that would give you tons of suction power without being tethered to a cord? That's just what you get with DeWalt's new DC500 cordless 2-gallon, wet/dry vacuum cleaner. The vacuum runs on standard rechargeable DeWalt battery packs, and to add to the tool's convenience it will work with 12-, 14.4- and 18-volt batteries, so you can mix and match with your existing DeWalt tools. The battery simply snaps into a port on the side of the vacuum, and is held firmly in place by a small door with a snap-lock catch. With a fresh, 18-volt battery installed, the manufacturer rates the vacuum as being capable of collecting 200 pounds of drywall dust or 100 gallons of water on a single charge, and the tool has ample power to pick up fasteners, sawdust, wood chips, and other heavier debris. If you forgot to bring along a freshly charge...