Christopher Conard

Chris and Ben’s exhaustive search for a better vacuum

By GREGORY ZELLER // Vacuuming with those canister-shaped wet/dry vacuum cleaners can lead to a real dust up. That, at least, is the problem encountered by East Setauket father/son inventing duo Christopher and Benjamin Conard, who found the canisters do as much messing as cleaning, doubling the required cleaning time. The culprit: the canisters’ exhaust port, an almost-always circular vent usually located on the unit’s rear side. The powerful machines kick up some serious backdrafts,…