I LOVE my shop vac.
Whoever invented this wondrous machine was an absolute genius. Our basement flooded last night due to a torrential downpour. It took us a minute to remember that my sister and bro-in-law got us this contraption last Christmas but, once we did, we quickly realized that it might behoove us to use it. Armed with only our shop vac, we were indeed ready to conquer the world (or just our basement...)!
Everyone should own a shop vac. http://www.shopvac.com/