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My stand-up partial vacuum cleaner ('Dyson') is superb for cleaning dust and small bits of lint, it only takes a few seconds to do the entire room.
then I have to spend a longer time chasing lumps of cheese, dried sweetcorn, nail clippings, gravel, transistors, spherical bogies, leaves especially
on hard surfaces. The clearance of the brush head is just too low for these things to go under it.
So I have to either wrench the vacuum off the floor and try to drop it on top of the offending object, or with slightly less effort twist the whole thing over on its side, a procedure which once led to me eventually snapping off the handle.
So what i want is a solenoid to lift it about 20mm from the floor. The pivot is there already so it could almost be done as a retro-fit. Then there would be a trigger on the handle, this lifts up the brush and I can drop it down plumb square on top of that wretched apple pip!
don't be fooled by cuteness - this is a superbly tough, and very well designed machine. [xenzag, Apr 12 2008]
||don't they have a height adjuster for different surfaces? how strange.
||[+] for "partial vacuum cleaner" (especially
if you fix the typo).
||(+) for anything that fixes those cringe
making crap Dysons... Every time I go to
the local recycling depot, the skips are full
of them. Each time I look at them, with all
those bits of ridiculous brightly coloured
plastic knobs, and protrusions, I feel
compelled to rush home and hug my
wonderful, ultra simple Henry Vacuum. It's
so great, that I've even considered
marriage. (vacuous rant)
||There is a simpler solution. The cleaner
does not require a vacuum (or even a
partial vacuum) - it only requires that
the pressure in the cleaner is lower
than that in the room, to create the
necessary air movement.
||Therefore, I propose a whole-house
hyperbaric cleaning system. Basically,
you need well-fitting (and reasonably
strong) doors and windows, and a large
pump located somewhere in the house
which pumps outside air in, to an
overpressure of a few psi. Then, each
room needs a port - a vent to the
outside world - to which you plug the
cleaning hose. These ports would have
a sprung flap to keep them sealed when
not in use.
||Ipso presto! Passers by will be amazed
by the horizontal fountain of dust, peas
and lego pieces emerging from each
port in turn as you clean the respective
||That's how we clean out our Cube ..... all the bits get flusshed into space. We claim Prior Art.
||The problem with those spherical bogies is that the brush hurls them away to different areas.