Another in our series of technical posts for specific problems. Enjoy.
We put vacuum cleaners through the meat grinder over here, what with two cats and a dog and two active children. Anyhow, our Dyson FancyPants™ vacuum wasn’t working very well, so we went to work on it. First, we discovered that one of the l-bends in the wand tube could be removed, and found inside a massive clog built up (like a pearl) around a black pen. Somehow we vacuumed up a pen. Jeez.
But the vacuum still wasn’t working in the upright position. So before we gave up and called a repair person, I googled the problem. Here’s what I found:
Stand vacuum up and with it plugged in.
Rotate knob between carpet and bare floor and back 5 times leaving it on carpet when finished.
Rotate vacuum back from upright position and lay vacuum on the floor, rotating it onto its side.
Turn vacuum on. (link)
I felt pretty silly following these directions, which read to me like an ancient ritual to appease the Cyclone Cleaner Gods. But I did it nonetheless, and hot damn if it didn’t work like a charm.
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