My two year old 12 gallon wet dry vac started make a loud noise when I turned it on. It almost sounded like something like a small piece of drywall tape or sandpaper somehow got into the motor section. The motor also smelled like it was burning up. I wanted to take the phillips screws out of the top that hold the motor on. They are located on the inside cover. To my surprise they were rusting away. I was able to get two out and the others were stripping because the heads were rusting away. I can't believe Ridgid would use screws that would rust instead of stainless screws.
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Screws Rusting Inside My 12 Gal Ridgid Wet/Dry Vac