Just spent an hour dismantling an older (~2000) Hoover vacuum, bagless
upright type. Removed 43 screws to get it into small enough pieces
to put into garbage pail and recycle bin. Kept the actual motor
assembly. Plus, there were several snap-together fittings on the main
body. Seems like there ought to be some way to use a lot less
had a musical keyboard that had one broken key. So, I started taking it
apart and after, I don't know how many dozens of screws and parts, I got
the broken key out of the unit. I then called the manufacturer's
repair/parts department to order the new key. I was telling the guy
about the difficulties in getting to the key. He told me that you
remove the key without any disassembly or tools. You just grab the
front of the key with one hand, push down the rear end of the key with
the other hand (finger), and then just pull it out. It worked. So
before the new key came, I put it all back together sans broken key.
When it arrived, it just popped in. The service guy told me that they
NEVER take them apart that far. Oh well, lesson learned.
On Sun, 16 Oct 2011 14:08:50 -0700 (PDT), "hr(bob) email@example.com"
There are many small appliance with few screws. The problem is, once
put together, they don't come apart easily and are often broken. I'll
take the screw over a snap it arrangement.
An easier way would have been to put it out by the curb with a "FREE"
sign on it. If that does not work, put a $10 sign and someone will
Saturday, me and a helper finished changing out a 7.5 ton scroll
compressor in a condensing unit on the roof of a pharmacy. Within
10 minutes of getting the burned out compressor on the ground, a
couple of guys in a red pickup truck stopped and swiped our scrap
AC compressor from under our noses.
No empty holes with missing screw. My son gives guitar/drum lessons
to neighborhood kids for fun. He got one to check it out B4 recommending
it to their parents. Other than marginal electric components it is good
for beginners without laying out lot of money like Timex.
I kept the motor/vacuum fan assembly in case my shop vac motor/vacuum
fan assembly ever dies. Art and I worked together many yeas ago and
we do keep certain items that you can't just go to Grainger and buy.
Long vacuum power cords are especially useful when you need a long,
but light-current extension cord.
On Mon, 17 Oct 2011 09:31:06 -0400, Art Todesco wrote:
Exactly. The one that I scavenged from a Hoover four years ago is still
sitting under one of my workbenches :-) I seem to recall that one of the
motor's brush mountings had broken, which was why it was junked - I fixed
that and thought I'd use the motor/fan unit for something, then never
Stupidly, I ditched the rest, though. Two weeks ago, our regular house
Hoover failed - one of the bearing packs at the end of the rotating brush
assembly self-destructed, which then overheated and melted its way
through the plastic carrier, which then made the brush assembly run out
of true, which then threw the belt off-center until it shredded itself
against the housing - little bits of belt everywhere being the first
indication that something was amiss. It was an interesting little chain
of self-destruction, anyway :-)
Thing is, I bet there were common parts, and my 'junk' Hoover used the
same bearings and carriers. I can get the bearings online, but I've not
found a source of the carrier yet (I think it was something like 5/8" ID
and 3/4" OD, so if it comes to it I can just make something).
The moral is to never throw anything away so long as you still have
enough space to swing a cat ;-)
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