On Jan 1, 11:26 am, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
I read what you wrote. You wrote "Taking the canister out to the
garage is a *lot* cleaner than pulling the bag out of the vacuum."
I assume that does not include dumping it. If it does, feel free to
correct me and then tell me again that dumping the canister is less
messy than that removing the bag and putting it in the garbage. If
we're not discussing the entire end to end process, then you're right.
There is no point in continuing.
Now, I'll toss it back at you, twice:
Did you read what I wrote about self closing bags that eliminate the
puff of dust when you remove/carry the bag?
Did you read what I wrote when I wrote that I'm not "pretending" about
anything. All I've ever said was that the *end-to-end* process of
emptying a bag unit vs and bagless was less messy - and more
convenient - with a bagged unit.
A wet-dry shop-vac, with the proper attachements, will out-perform most
"regular" vacuum cleaners.
I've got a Rigid that I bought on Black Friday. That sumbitch sucks better
that the French Horn player I dated in college.
Aside: I recently scored a Roomba from Craigslist (for $25.00!). After
replacing the battery, it works swell. Of course it only "sweeps," not
vacuums, but it gathers an amazing amount of debris.
I hate to admit it, but it's somewhat entertaining to watch the gizmo scurry
around a room like a drunk trying to navigate the mirrored-maze at the
circus midway. When it encounters the fringe on a rug, it goes as nutty as
the third monkey on Noah's gangplank. Most of the time, after a lot of
to-ing and fro-ing, and twitching and turning, and beeping and honking, it
manages to disentangle itself from the rug and continue on with its mission.
That was hilarious.
Years ago I heard some meowing in a strange voice. Investigating, I found a
wee feral kitten who had wandered in through the open door looking for the
never-empty food bowl. He found it, but ...
His tail was a mess; no fur, black, necrotic...
Scooped him up and off to the vet.
"Yep," said the vet. "Tail's gotta go."
That's how the kitten got his name.
Fast forward to yesterday. Bob (the cat) watched the Roomba do its thing
with some curiosity. He finally got tired of the silliness and pulled an
Elvis by leaving the bedroom.
I don't hold much hope for him riding on it.
I've been keeping my eyes open at the thrift stores and yard sales for
an early-model Roomba at the gag-gift price point, to leave at my
sister's house to exercise and amuse the cat while they are both gone
ten hours a day. (rescue cat, already declawed when they got it, so
outside is not an option.) Roomba doesn't even have to suck any more,
just wander around. Cat was a skinny little thing when they got it, but
it is starting to pork up now, living the easy life.
Have you looked on Ebay or Craigslist. I've seen several (and even bought
one) that the owners said were kaput when all each needed is a new battery.
If you can find one with a "scheduler," so much the better. You can program
it to come on a couple of hours after you leave, further freaking-out the
I'm a firm believer that God put Aggies* and kitty-cats on earth so the rest
of us would have something to torment.
* Graduate of Texas A&M University.
Aside: A&M may not win all their football games, but they always win the
half-time! Here's an example of the world's largest (400+) military band.
The band begins and ends each show with the "Aggie War Hym" which accounts
for the cheering at the beginning and end of the performance):
I have two Shelties, so I can relate to the shedding issue! My current
vacuum is a Bissell "lift off" that I got at Target several years ago.
(I mention that because I think the models vary depending on which store
it is). The box specifically mentioned pets. So far I'm really happy
with it - that thing sucks up an amazing amount of dog hair! (I'll
admit, my dogs' hair blends in with the carpet so I don't always notice
it, and can go too long between vacuum sessions). It fills that canister
right up. I have not had any problems with emptying the canister,
probably in part because the dog hair sticks to itself and comes out in
"clumps", rather than as dust. The only real maintenance problem I've
had is that occasionally the hair can manage to tangle itself around the
brush, and I have to free it up so it can turn.
I've always wanted a Dyson, but not the price. For me this does a good
enough job and it was a much more reasonable price. I want to say around
$130 on sale a few years ago.
As an aside, have you ever tried a rubber "rake" for cleaning up the
shedding? I bought one years ago at a dog show and it is great for
picking up hair and other small bits of stuff, like pieces of paper. It
looks somewhat like:
http://www.shammysolutions.com/site/1618064/product/100-10 (that's not
the brand that I have (I cannot find that brand anywhere) and I am not
familiar with this company; it's just an example). The only drawback is
that it's all manual, but probably a good workout.
I've had Hoover's for the past 20+ years, two of them. The first one
still works but the better half wanted to replace it anyway so we got
a new one and it's somewhat more powerful. Although I take whatever
Consumer Reports says with a grain of sand, they do consistently rank
Hoover's as among the top vacuums. Most of the heavily advertised
ones, such as Eureka and Oreck and Dyson don't do all that well in the
CR tests. I don't believe you get much extra by spending more then
$300, there's only so much you can do in making a vacuum, the rest is
just fluff. The Hoover we have now has a green and red light that
senses "dirt" and I first dismissed it as nonsense but it actually can
be pretty useful in telling if you have really gotten all the grit
out. It mainly reacts to small grit/sand/soil type stuff, not animal
hair or other fuzzy stuff. It uses both a vacuum bag and a HEPA panel
filter. And it's self propelled. My experience is that if you get
good suction you may well want to get self propelled because the
suction will hold the head down to the carpet. It's less important on
a cheap crappy vacuum because they don't have much suction.
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