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Thinking about making robots do my housework.

Lately I've been considering getting a Roomba or a Neato, but I need to know if it'll try to suck up dog toys. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jun 2, 2014 - 14 answers

New vacuum cleaner causes a slight burning smell. Defective or not?

I received a new vacuum cleaner a few weeks ago. When it ran I noticed a slight burning smell so I exchanged it for a different one (same model: Eureka Boss SmartVac 4870 series). I've run this one for perhaps 15 seconds and again, I notice a slight burning smell. Maybe there's some dust on the motor coils that will burn off after some initial use? [more inside]
posted by metadave on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Not that I'm going to do it or anything, but...

Is it feasible to take apart, modify, and put back together again a hair dryer so that it works in reverse, that is, become a small vacuum? I assume I would have to make the blower work backwards to become a sucker, and I would have to direct debris into a little sack and away from the blower and power source. If I were going to do it, what would I do? How much work would it be? How ugly would it be, assuming rudimentary skills and a home workshop? If it's impossible-- why?
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 12, 2014 - 10 answers

My vacuum cleaner doesn't suck.

I have hardwood floors in every room except the kitchen and bathroom, which both have ceramic tile. I have cats who shed and track litter. I have a lot of hair which sheds. I have a hobby which results in a lot of tiny glass splinters. This is all on one floor. What is my best vacuum cleaner which will pick up all the hair and not get tangled up, will pick up the litter and won't get destroyed by small pieces of glass? I'd prefer something smaller rather than larger as I have limited storage and something bagless would be better than not, but I am not sure how the dust vs small glass pieces will balance that out. I am in Canada. [more inside]
posted by jeather on Feb 9, 2014 - 18 answers

This sucks. Or, more precisely, it doesn't.

I have this vacuum which doesn't currently work. The vacuum has a full block in its hose, too deep to be accessed by popping the hose as described in the owner's manual. Can I partially disassemble this vacuum to clear the hose myself? If so, how?
posted by .kobayashi. on Jan 20, 2014 - 5 answers

disassemble Eureka Airspeed ONE Reach vacuum

I just got a vacuum cleaner and I hate it. I plan to return but now I can't take it apart to get it back in the box. Has anyone had a Eureka Airspeed ONE Reach? Any ideas? There must be a way, but I can't figure out how. [more inside]
posted by the twistinside on Jan 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Best vacuum for "human hair" on carpets

There are plenty for pet hair. What about "human" hair? And we are talking "long strands" here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Space abhors a vacuum, but I still want one that works

Please explain to me some things about central vacuum systems and/or steer me towards some good reference materials. I can find tons of websites by googling, but having a really hard time wading through thinly veiled advertising for real unbiased info. Especially concerning replacing the vacuum unit of a pre-installed system. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Dec 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Vacuum packing and mason jars questions

I recently got a FoodSaver (vacuum packing device). I have a couple questions about accessorizing it with mason jars. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Dec 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Roomba? I hardly know 'a!

I have a cat. My girlfriend is allergic to cats (previously). I'd like to get a Roomba, since we've noticed that regular vacuuming with my HEPA-filter vacuum helps a lot. The theory here is "set robot to vacuum at 9am, come home at 7pm to cleaner apartment (with dust settled, since the roomba ran at 9am, not 7pm). [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to donate / sell specific items in Atlanta?

I have inherited multiple generations of household items that I would like to donate to the best possible recipients in Atlanta or sell if there is a market for these items. [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Nov 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Flash! Aa-aaa-a!

Teach me about flash/vacuum pickling. Caveat: I'm not using a chamber vacuum. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Nov 13, 2013 - 2 answers

ISO vacuum cleaner - don't want to call Saul Goodman's guy for advice

Do you have an awesome vacuum cleaner? Can you tell me about it? We need a new vacuum cleaner because ours is old and barely works anymore. We are finding shopping for vacuum cleaners to be very overwhelming. Anyone have any recommendations for us? Parameters below. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Sep 25, 2013 - 21 answers

Best vacuum for cats? Difficulty level: on a budget

I recently got a really wonderful cat! While my old cheap-o vacuum did just fine before getting the cat, it is now seriously out if its league. I clearly need to replace the vacuum with something more powerful, but the prices of vacuum cleaners scare me (I am a student and so money is tight). Any suggestions on vacuums that will get the job done with pet hair but not totally break the bank?
posted by rainbowbrite on Aug 19, 2013 - 26 answers

Dyson won't work with vacuum storage bags.

I have a bunch of vacuum storage bags, but I own a Dyson DC25 upright vacuum cleaner. The attachment nozzle doesn't work for vacuum bags since it has a protrusion for attaching different heads. [more inside]
posted by krunk on Aug 15, 2013 - 5 answers

roombas for dust mites? ("robots are cool" is the unspoken motivation)

Just diagnosed with a dust mite allergy. Will a regular cheap Roomba help? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Mar 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Apartment Vacuum Cleaner - Challenge: Cat fur x2, roaches, and budget!

I need to get a new vacuum cleaner, as the one I have has given up the ghost. Also I'm poor. [more inside]
posted by robot-hugs on Mar 8, 2013 - 13 answers

I need a new vacuum.

I need a slim battery vacuum that is great on floors AND carpet. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jan 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Keep my cookies fresh!

I'm looking for advice on buying a vacuum sealer. Or, if they make them, just a vacuum for food packaging? My google-fu is failing! [more inside]
posted by firei on Sep 24, 2012 - 10 answers

DJ Roomba in the hizzouse

My husband wants a hackable Roomba for his birthday. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Aug 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Roomba Help!

Our 4 year old Roomba is no longer functional. We want another one! What model should we get, and where should we buy it? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Pool vacuum broke. Alternatives?

Long story short but there was a dishonest home seller & realtor and the house we purchased has a pool with leaking skimmer line. No suction for vacuuming. We have a temporary garden hose vacuum for the big stuff. Any idea how I can get the little stuff until this is repaired? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on May 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Vacuum Minion

Robot vacuum question: Neato or Roomba? Customer reviews seem to favor the Neato, but I can't tell whether the Neato is better or whether the company is better at astro-turfing. Guide me on my tiny robot vacuum choices! [more inside]
posted by edbles on May 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me fix my experimental setup!

What type of pump do I need to buy to remove air from an animal cage and deliver it at a controlled rate to an experimental setup? [more inside]
posted by keelyellenmarie on Apr 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Vacuum shopping with a few requirements

Can anyone suggest a vacuum cleaner that has a washable HEPA filter, doesn't vent out the front, isn't heavy, is reasonably priced, and has a button to turn off the brush? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Mar 1, 2012 - 11 answers

This sucks because it no longer sucks.

Where can I get little parts for Miele vacuums? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Feb 27, 2012 - 1 answer

I'm getting old.

Can we talk about vacuums please? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Nov 21, 2011 - 58 answers

buy me a vacuum?

what kind of vacuum or dust buster should i buy? [more inside]
posted by sabh on Nov 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Vacuum cleaner value for money

Which vacuum cleaner stays sucky for the longest (relative to cost)? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 22, 2011 - 33 answers

Has the Michelson - Morley experiment ever been replicated in a vacuum?

Has the Michelson - Morley experiment ever been replicated in a vacuum? [more inside]
posted by enamon on May 19, 2011 - 12 answers

What does a space explosion sound like if you are physically connected to it?

What would an explosion sound like on the moon? Thought-experiment filter. [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on May 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Help find a replacement electric motor for my vacuum cleaner

Help me find a replacement electric motor for my vacuum cleaner? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Mar 28, 2011 - 2 answers

which vacuum would I enjoy?

I'm in the market for a vacuum that uses bags and is inexpensive, reliable, not too powerful and not too big. Help me pick the right one. [more inside]
posted by wondermouse on Feb 24, 2011 - 13 answers

To Dyson or Not To Dyson?

I'm having trouble vacuuming the carpeted stairs in my new home with our upright vacuum (for obvious reasons). I've finally convinced my husband that we need a canister vacuum to do the job. What's the best option on the market, in terms of a happy balance between quality and price? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Feb 23, 2011 - 19 answers

I want a clean couch.

I need helping cleaning this filthy couch. Give me your best cleaning tricks! [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Feb 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Too frustrated at my vacuum to supply clever title.

I bought a Hoover Widepath Tempo vacuum. Then I got a black labrador. Then I moved into an apartment with wall to wall carpeting. Help. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Dec 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Cleaning up lead paint

My house has lead paint. Today most of the windows were replaced, and the people who installed them were supposed to vacuum up the lead paint chips. I don't think they did. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Nov 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Please help me find a long-lasting vacuum that is good for a home with cats.

Please recommend a vacuum that will pick up cat hair from carpet and wood flooring. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl on Sep 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Jesus Christ, who knew vacuum shopping could be so darn complicated?

Owners of bagged vacuum cleaners, how often do you find yourself changing the bag? [more inside]
posted by Sufi on Aug 14, 2010 - 20 answers

My carpet stuffed up my vacuum!

How do I clean out a vacuum hose that has been blocked by light carpet fibers left over from carpet installation? [more inside]
posted by khelvan on May 22, 2010 - 10 answers

What tools/methods make regular cleaning of hardwood floors quick and easy?

What tools/methods make cleaning hardwood floors a breeze on a regular basis? It's taking too much time and effort right now! [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on May 4, 2010 - 22 answers

I said vacuum.

I suck the air out of bags of bread before I twist-tie them back up. Weird or practical? Or a bit of both? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Apr 19, 2010 - 33 answers

This doesn't suck

I vacuumed up wet salt 10 days ago and now my vacuum is broken. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Apr 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Glue resistant thermoformed plastics

If I want to cover a mold I'm using in a vacuum bag veneer press with a thin sheet of thermo-formed plastic, what type of plastic would be best for wood glue resistance and clean up? [more inside]
posted by machaus on Mar 24, 2010 - 6 answers

I need something that really sucks for less than $150.

I've got two huskies, a black lab, one long haired cat, and two short haired cats living in my house. And I'm drowning in fur. The Dirt Devil Vision I bought two years ago has never worked decently. So I need recommendations for an affordable vacuum cleaner that can handle a ton of fur and relatively new carpet that's still shedding a bit. I can borrow my grandma's Dyson once or twice a month for superawesome vacuum times, but I also need something I can use a few times a week just to get the majority of the fur off the carpet. Difficulty: Under $150.
posted by elsietheeel on Jan 27, 2010 - 26 answers

What model of Miele canister vacuum should I get?

What model of Miele canister vacuum should I get? I've read a number of reviews, but nothing with enough detail to figure out what model would work best for us. We're in a 2-bedroom Manhattan apartment with hardwood floors and area rugs. I've been to Gracious Home to check out their selection and will probably purchase from there this weekend, unless someone else has a vendor to recommend.
posted by shinyj on Jan 8, 2010 - 4 answers

Dustbuster recommendations?

I'd like to get a dustbuster or similar cordless small vacuum device. Can you awesome people recommend some brands/models? [more inside]
posted by leesh on Nov 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Backpack vacuum cleaner?

Backpack vacuum cleaners - any experience or tips? I'm considering a backpack vacuum cleaner (ProTeam), but I'm unsure how comparable these are to consumer vacuums. It doesn't appear there are any carpet attachments with beaters (that are driven by a motor). Any have any experience with these? Or insights on which kind?
posted by sgarst on Oct 26, 2009 - 6 answers

vacuum storage bags

Which vacuum storage brand is best? I've seen "Space Bag", "Storage Kaddy", and "Honey-can-do" on amazon. The reviews seem fairly mixed or sparse on all of them. Do you have any personal experience with different bags?
posted by blueyellow on Jul 2, 2009 - 16 answers

Tips for vacuum-sealing fruit?

Does anyone have any experience using various short-term food preservation vacuum devices (such as the Tilia FoodSaver) on cut-up fruit? [more inside]
posted by adipocere on Jun 15, 2009 - 3 answers

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