The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    I had a sisal rug in the laundry room. Dog threw up on it and it ended up getting thrown away because it couldn't be cleaned. YMMV of course.
     


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    Someone who knew vacuum cleaners once recommended buying a reconditioned commercial upright vacuum from one of the many vacuum repair shops out there. They're low on frills, but they're designed to run hours a day in hotels, office buildings, etc., and should hold up to residential use a lot better than whatever plastic garbage is on the vacuum aisle at your local big box store.
     


  3. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Honestly, my current vacuum was purchased for like $5-10 at a thrift shop. It was probably donated because the belt was broken and the owner didn't know how easy that is to fix (bought two more belts from the hardware store on the way home for $3). That was three years ago and since then, I have also replaced the filter unit with a set of washable ones from amazon.

    I probably would have looked for a badass vacuum like any good SFer, but I had just moved to a 1BR and the old vac was a roommate's so I wanted one right away. For so little money, even if it died tomorrow, I could keep buying broken belt machines from idiots (I see them all of the time) and be perfectly happy.
     


  4. SkinnyGoomba

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    A good SF'er also has someone to operate it for them.

    Sisal rugs seem to create more mess then they fix.
     


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    If you have time to swing by a Barnes and Noble the new Consumer Reports has updated vacuum cleaner rankings. Or you can check them on the CR website.
     
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  6. otc

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    Why aren't canisters more popular in america? My parents have one from the 50s or something (as well as an ancient eureka upright that doesn't have a hose). Is it because carpets are more common in the US and the new uprights all have a hose for occasional other use?

    The only annoyance I saw was that so many of the good-seeming canisters use bags. I know that bags are way better for dust filtration, but I'm used to being able to just dump a plastic bin in the trash and going back to bags seems like a pain...especially since I empty the bin all the time thanks to the cat hair.
     


  7. otc

    otc Senior member

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    If I were in the market for an upright vac (with hose), I would probably look at the LG vacuums.

    They don't have a strong presence in america, but they are supposed to be really good. A year or two ago, Newegg had some great deals on them and I wish I had jumped (now they only sell 1 model and it isn't one I want).
    Even their american website only seems to show one model anymore:
    http://www.lg.com/us/vacuum-cleaners/lg-LuV350P-upright-vacuum
     


  8. SkinnyGoomba

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    Do you guys opt for HEPA filters? I have them on my woodworking equipment, but not the regular vacuum.
     


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    He's a bargain compared to SanFo painters. I have a friend with an Eastlake Victorian painted as the SanFo houses tend to be - gaudy as hell. Now appreciate that only the fronts get the fancy paint job. The sides and the back usually are one colour. Total cost was $37K. He was happy that he talked them down from 50K.

    Hotels use commercial grade vacuums which can expensive and heavy as hell.

    lefty
     


  10. otc

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    And like a lot of commercial equipment (e.g. sewing machines), it is not so much that the commercial ones are better in every way. Commercial machines are designed to be run 8 hours a day, every day, doing exactly the same thing. They tend to be purpose built. No hose, no funny attachments, no convenience features. They may or may not even be more powerful (after all, hotel carpets get vacuumed every single day so they aren't as worried about ground in dirt)

    A hoover would die if it was put through that stress, but the hoover also weighs less and comes with convenient items that make it work for everything.

    If you are willing to own multiple vacuums (an upright for carpet and a canister with a non-powered hose for everything else), many commercial uprights aren't even that expensive:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sanitaire-S...251053590952?pt=US_Vacuum&hash=item3a73f5c9a8

    You could probably do fairly well with a commercial upright and a smaller sized wet-dry shop vac. Just get some more home-friendly attachments for the shop vac since they usually don't come with nice soft brushes and floor-friendly stick attachments.
     
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  11. Douglas

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    You guys care to elaborate? A dog throwing up on it would probably deep six a lot of different carpets.

    Does sisal shed or something?
     


  12. otc

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    Some do...there are probably good and bad ones. My parents have one on their (not winterized) porch that has previously seen duty in the dining room and in the basement where I used to play with legos and shit (not the most comfortable thing to kneel on for hours...I can still picture the impressions it left in my skin).

    Seems to still be going strong all these years later.
     
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    I dunno...the texture makes it impossible to spot clean. They say not to clean it with water. The cleaners wanted more to clean it than it cost. So I just tossed it.
     


  14. Ataturk

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    When you said non-powered hose, I was going to ask why not just get a shop vac. The limiting factor in vacuum cleaners is power draw--you can't pull more than 12 amps from common household circuits. Most vacuums have to set aside some of that power for power accessories, so a shop vac usually has more pure suction.
     


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    Yes. They also allows a lot of dirt to fall through. Lift a sisal after a year and you will find a layer of dirt and what looks like sand (the broken down fibres) on the floor.

    lefty
     


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