I Think I’m Mrs. Fix-It Pants

Yesterday, I did manage to accomplish a couple of things. Several loads of laundry, I finished knitting a drink coaster–for some reason all of mine disappear. Just like the matching sock. Our house is some kind of weird vacuum.

I tackled my receipt hoard, and making sure there weren’t any odd debit charges to our bank account in the last four months.

Jennifer W. ---I have corralled most of my receipts to the table top.

Jennifer W. — I have corralled most of my receipts to the table top.

And I made a big pot of stew.

One thing I was able to avoid—was vacuuming. This is the reason.


We bought a new vacuum cleaner – oh a couple of years ago? Since I have long hair, and it seems to be falling out rather quickly, we have dogs and cats with shedding hair, our vacuum cleaner gets a bit hairy at times–especially the beater bar.

I usually have to cut away the hair, but I decided I would actually do more than just pull off the extra hair off. I decided to clean the vacuum. This included taking apart the thing—you know, the screws and all.

Anyway, when things break around our house, my husband believes it becomes trash. I always have to take it apart and see if I can fix it before it becomes trash. I did fix our belt sander when I ruined the power cord by using the sander improperly. I even had to replace the switch because while replacing the cord, I ruined the switch. It works like a charm now.

My handiwork.

My handiwork.

When my husband came home and saw my progress, I proceeded to tell him about all the hair that was wound around the beater bar. Looking at all the parts lying on the floor, he asked me if it still works. Hmm….another obvious question. I had the thing in pieces at the time, so—no, it wasn’t working.

I left the thing–and all the parts–on the floor for a day or so. After looking at the hair accumulating on the furniture and the carpet, I decided I had to put it back together. I could no longer use the vacuum-in-pieces as an excuse to avoid vacuuming.

Guess what? It didn’t work. I know I replaced all the pieces correctly. So, I took it apart again. Because there was so much hair build up around the beater bar, and the grove the VBelt fits in, I believe the belt was stretched too far. That’s the belt which turns the beater bar. Since it was so stretched out, it wasn’t pulling the beater bar like it should—or so my theory goes. So, I had to order one because I wasn’t going all over town looking for the correct belt.

Still waiting for that VBelt, and I may have to borrow the neighbor’s vacuum cleaner. However, they may not trust me with it.

So—let’s see—what can I avoid doing today.


About April

I'll come back to this when I find out who I really am. I've been through some extremely rough patches but they have made me a better person. I blog if my brain is functioning first thing in the morning.
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21 Responses to I Think I’m Mrs. Fix-It Pants

  1. aviets says:

    Wow, I wish I had some of your skills. I have no mechanical aptitude at all. Good for you! -Amy

    • April says:

      I’m not sure how much mechanical aptitude I have–I just watch a bunch of YouTube videos when I want to fix something. I figure if my husband thinks it’s trash, and I can’t fix it, then there is no loss. I just have to try. 🙂

      • aviets says:

        Here’s a funny thing: Today I was super busy and my husband is bored out of his gourd from resting and recuperating, so he did a bunch of household chores, inculding vacuuming. He got started and immediately we smelled burning…and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be funny if this were just like April’s burned out belt.” Sure enough that’s what it was, compounded by years of hair would around the rollers.

        • April says:

          Hahaha! I’m not laughing about the demise of your vacuum cleaner, but how ironic. I am learning to not skip steps in the future. The directions do show how to clean the beater bar. I have been too lazy to take the guard off to reach the thing. 🙂

  2. suzjones says:

    Legitimate excuse though right? I can’t use the vacuum cleaner because I’ve had to overhaul it. 😉 Good for you for making inroads though.

  3. mewhoami says:

    That is a great excuse to not vacuum and a believable one at that. You, my mother and myself all have the same vacuum. Only mine isn’t the pet one like you two have, but the same nonetheless. I love that little vacuum. It works great!

    • April says:

      It does work great, just don’t let the hair build up around the beater bar. I wanted to totally clean it out because I had a bunch of fine dirt/dust that I couldn’t shake out what was stuck. It’s all spiffy clean, it just doesn’t work yet.

  4. Glynis Jolly says:

    I’m going to suggest something here. If you don’t like it, ignore, okay? I have one of the cheapest vacuums on the market. I got it at Wal Mart. It’s made by Eureka and it’s called ‘lighteningspeed’. Everything it picks up goes into a clear plastic canister on the stem of the contraption. You clean it by taking the canister off and dumping the gunk into the trash. The filter can also be cleaned by taking it off too. We bought an extra filter when we bought the vacuum just in case the original gets worn out.

    You might want to check out this vacuum. I’ve had mine for five years now and it still picks up like it’s new.

    • April says:

      I got mine at Wal-Mart too! It actually does work fine, and there are no bags. I just had some dust I could remove without taking it apart. Plus, the beater bar quit moving around. I had let too much hair build up. I will be better. 🙂

  5. Gallivanta says:

    You are definitely Mrs Fix-it-pants 😀

  6. aviets says:

    I was really thankful that he knew exactly what to do AND that there’s a Sears parts and service store literally 30 seconds from our house, which had both a new belt and a new filter in stock. As he was doing the repairs I heard a lot of choice comments along the lines of…”Are you kidding me? You really have never done this in all the years we’ve had it?” (when he knows perfectly well I would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS do that maintence). And “Why is it every time I do a chore around here it turns out to be a repair job?” Well, dude, because that’s your wheelhouse. 🙂 -Amy

    • April says:

      hee hee. I’m amazed that he did “inside” work. When my husband gets bored, he says he’s “organizing” the garage.

  7. Ha! Love the corralled receipts.

    I think you should ride this broken vacuum cleaner thing as long as possible. And perhaps there is something else that “needs fixing”?

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