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I give up on any vacuum cleaner made after about 1970. Did they outlaw sucking somewhere around that time due to lewdness or something?

I'm sorry, geniealisa I think I might have broken your old vacuum cleaner. :(

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snidegrrl
Nov. 24th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm honestly hoping something can be done about the one my friend gave me, because it is a nice vacuum. If not, I will be investigating your suggestion. That or trolling Ebay for one of those 50 pound oldies.

The burning smell would indicate for the worse. :(
professorbooty
Nov. 24th, 2004 12:51 am (UTC)
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Burning smell?

If it's anything like ours, that means that a bunch of Jack's (Julie's, in my case) long hair has gotten wrapped around the roller, possibly up under the drive belt, a.k.a. the big rubber bandy thing. That should be fixable with a screwdriver, some scissors (for the accumulated hair), and a couple rounds of "ick, this is gross."
snidegrrl
Nov. 24th, 2004 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: ...
aye, you are partly right, it also had to do with my oh-so-atttractive yet oh-so-impractical shag rug.

we have to get a new belt. fie.
malkin
Nov. 24th, 2004 01:11 am (UTC)
The best I've been able to tell is that there are a lot of inexpensive vacuums on the market right now that look like fantastic deals, and are really, really crap. I have this terrible fear that maybe the expensive ones are just crap with more features. :(
missmeridian
Nov. 24th, 2004 01:31 am (UTC)
my stepfordy sister swears by the dyson. expensive, but occasionally available on ebay...

and when my last unlamented vac was making smoky smells, i idiotically tried getting the yucky hair out while still plugged in = small electrical fire. d'oh.
miz_kitty
Nov. 24th, 2004 02:31 am (UTC)
I AM SO IN LOVE WITH MY DYSON!!! We have long haired cats and I swear there is nothing better.
wackjobbery
Nov. 24th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC)
Slate's Vacuum Cleaner Roundup
http://slate.msn.com/id/2086689/

(as well as Slate's review of the Dyson ad:
http://slate.msn.com/id/2092529/)

I have been trying to get a free Dyson by hoping for a free Dyson really hard. Keep your fingers crossed!

snidegrrl
Nov. 24th, 2004 04:33 am (UTC)
Re: Slate's Vacuum Cleaner Roundup
my fingers are busy crossing that i get a 600 dollar dry erase board for my home.
turbogrrl
Nov. 24th, 2004 05:52 am (UTC)
Re: Slate's Vacuum Cleaner Roundup
um, so you need that particular dry-erase board? Because I do have one large dry-erase board that is free for the taking. I think it might be a 6x4... standard alum frame. Can't remember if it's magnetic or not... it's currently in the ex's garage.
snidegrrl
Nov. 30th, 2004 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: Slate's Vacuum Cleaner Roundup
Hi! Sorry I waited so long to respond. I'm just looking for one that gets as close to covering my wall as possible - originally I wanted a specific one but ended up spending the money on something else.

Thank you kidly for the offer! If it's still available, I would love to take you up on it.
pseudotheist
Nov. 24th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Slate's Vacuum Cleaner Roundup
I was obsessed by the Dyson too, in spite of my wife's insistence that it was expensive, and therefore unnecessary. But then, I went one last time to the store, to double-check all the features, and realized I couldn't figure out how to change the belt (you know, that thing that snidegrrl just destroyed). So, I called the company help line, and their answer was, "Well, it's not user-replaceable, but it's CONCEIVABLE that the belt will never need replacing, but if it does in the 5 year warranty period, just ship it to a service center and it will be replaced under the warranty". So, my follow-up question was, "How much will it cost to replace after the warranty period?". Their answer: "We don't know, cause we don't have any Dysons in the U.S. that have exceeded their warranty life. Thank you, if I'm going to spend that much money on a vacuum cleaner, I want reasonable assurances as to the ongoing maintenece costs. Maybe when you make your belt user-replaceable, like every other vacuum on the market, I will reconsider your product.
snidegrrl
Nov. 24th, 2004 04:26 am (UTC)
vacuum update: the hoover windtunnel that the aforementioned genie gifted us with is sucking. through the tube. jack is messing around with the roller at this time. and our couch is less cat-colored, and more blue.

i still regret the shag rug purchase, as it is the certain culprit.
panicsyndrome
Nov. 24th, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)
Shag rugs will tear up a vacuum belt, but luckily they are usually cheap and easy to replace. Standard wear & tear, really.

The vacuum I bought from Judy was made after 1970 and does an outstanding job of sucking. I'm actually really interested in these new filter-less vacuums I keep seeing ads for though.
geniealisa
Nov. 24th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
The belt would make that burning smell (it's done so before once for me). Replacing it did the trick and they're cheap and easy to replace. The shag carpet is probably the culprit in it's luxurious length. But I have faith. Hoover has been a good vacuum brand for me in my life.

As for my Dyson, it rocks the rockage of a rockin' vacuum. I use it *all the freakin' time* now just to marvel at it. Even my father, the renowned curmudgeon and vacuum cleaner expert, was impressed with it.
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