Learn to fix your vacuum

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WWII U.S. Navy radio operator wearing navy blue uniformWe live in a disposable society. Products are designed to last for the duration of their warranty period and to break soon after. Those product designs include non-standard, factory-installed parts that render the average person powerless in the face of repair.

My grandpa would be disappointed. He was a radio operator during WWII and could fix anything. Brought up during the Great Depression, the word “waste” was not in his vocabulary. Everything was saved and reused.

Once while staying at my grandparents’ house as a child, I wrote a letter to a pen-pal using my granny’s electric typewriter (a novelty in the age of computers). The letter was short, but I had lost interest in the tedious effort of typewriting. I asked my grandpa for a stamp to mail my letter. He took one look at my short letter and said if I was going to spend 25 cents for a stamp, then I needed to use the whole page to make it worth the cost of the stamp.

Flash forward to 2016. My grandpa has been gone for over 10 years now, but I still think of him often, especially when I feel he would be proud of me. Recently, *someone* (not I) in the house broke a critical part off of our vacuum cleaner–the part that allows the vacuum to convert from standing to rotating. Compounding the fact that it was broken was that I had just replaced the hose and both air filters and felt like I had a new vacuum.

Dyson DC25 vacuum

The Dyson Animal DC25 vacuum sat sprawled on the floor of our living room for days like a monument commemorating all the useless, broken appliances of the new millennium.

When I finally had the chance to take a look at the problem, I quickly realized that I had both the tools and knowledge to fix it myself. And so I did. In the past, we probably would have decided to cut our losses and buy a new vacuum.

Broken peg on Dyson vacuum

The broken peg

tools of the trade

The tools to fix it

under the plate

The finished product

When I fix things around the house, I love the thought of sharing that knowledge with others to empower them to do the same. So today I introduce my new YouTube Channel, “Family Handywoman.” I would greatly appreciate if would watch and share my inaugural video.

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Katie Bee is the author of for Elysium blog: a site about family, Down syndrome, home, art, and writing.

2 thoughts on “Learn to fix your vacuum

  1. Carole a Parsons

    From science teacher to making You Tube videos…you’re a whiz kid, Katie! I always enjoy whatever you write.

    1. Katie Post author

      Thank you so much, Carole! It felt like a throwback to my teaching days making this video. This will be my outlet for now. 🙂


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