I havn't personally tried it, but first aid tape may work better than duct
tape. The wide sports tape, I see it at Dollar Tree. Might be more flexible.
You're right, fifty bucks is a bit pricey, for a hose that will probably
crack in a few years. Fortunately, most household vac are only used briefly,
and then back in the closet. Not like Miss Manners will stop by the house,
and ask to view your vacuum cleaner for national survey.
Christopher A. Young
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Yes, I figured that duct tape was going to be the ad hoc way of doing it but
was worried that after a while this method on anything flexible will start
leaving a sticky fraying mess.
I was baffled by why the flexible bit does separate from the two end-pieces.
Turns out that although the assembly is available all over the place for a
high price, the hose itself has a part number (5230830) and is "only" $50.
I think I will try the duct tape method firstly and then see if it becomes
available for any less than that before the tape starts attracting more dirt
than the unit picks up! The problem is that holes have started to appear in
it BECAUSE the plastic has probably hardened a bit and I would imagine more
holes will start to appear in short order.