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All my news seems to be domestic these days. Oh, well, at least work is quiet.

I fixed my vacuum cleaner today. I am very proud of this. The cause of the problem (no suction) turned out to be a giant clog, up near the entrance to the bag, which was built around an open safety pin that had got lodged in the tube.

Using a flashlight, a knitting needle, and a pair of kitchen tongs -- a gift that had never before been of any use in any context -- I managed to fish out part of the clog. With the flashlight tucked under my chin, I used the tongs to bend the arms of the safety pin so it could pass through the mouth of the tube. I then tweezed it out with the tongs. When the hose was reattached and the vacuum plugged in, suction was restored!

This ... is handiness, I think. As in, being handy around the house. I am so proud of myself, I can't tell you.

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kalleah
Dec. 7th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
GOOD FOR YOU! I am impressed.
np_complete
Dec. 9th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! I have to admit, I'm a bit impressed myself! I was sure it would turn out to be something involving the motor, that I had no hope of fixing -- but a clog, I can hopefully do something about!
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