Monday, March 13, 2017
Dust and muck
I can't stand seeing people messing around with the wrong tools for the job, especially when the right tools are easily available.
Which is why I confiscated the rotating brush head from our Henry vacuum clears from my dad as he prodded and poked at it with a large screwdriver. It might have been the right tool for undoing the screws holding the two halves of the casing together, but not for de-fluffing the inside.
Carefully stripping down the mechanism was great fun. The fan blades which drive the brushes were removed using a vice and large hammer gently applied. Fine pliers pulled out rubber mounts and gradually extracted all the muck from inside.
Eventually it all went back together. Sadly, to no great effect. The cover over the drive belt has worn through in two decades of use and jams the unit so it looks like time to go and buy a new one. Still, taking things apart is fun!