This is an aside. You mentioned that your Shop Vac motor burned out. I have a couple Shop Vacs. The biggest, something like 30 gal. Here's my point, 2 or 3 years after buying the bigget vac the motor went bad. I contacted Shop Vac and they replaced it. Then a few years later the new one went bad(one of these was a burnt out switch). If memory is right both were free. If it's not a Shop Vac brand I'd still contact customer service. Customer Service with Shop Vac for me has been fantastic.
Ron, 1 little Chief top loader, 1 UDS (90% built) 1 mini UDS (in plans)