My built-in vacuum has been broken for about a month. Although I haven't vacuumed the construction area, that dust is hard to contain and is pretty much all over. So, when it started to be really quiet and lost suction, I figured the construction dust had done it in. I tried replacing the filter and a bunch of other things, but had no luck.
So, I rolled up the area rugs and went old school for a few weeks with a dust mop and a broom. It does the trick, I guess; but just doesn't work nearly as well. I really didn't (don't) want to have to buy a new vacuum but it was getting to the point that I figured I wouldn't have a choice and was deciding what part of the basement project could be postponed until after the vacuum repair/replacement was paid off.
Then, I had an aha moment while at work Friday, and remembered a connection that had been taken apart a while back to make room for the drywall. I ran downstairs and checked it out, and sure enough, it hadn't been put back together yet. I put everything back and tested it out; thank gawd it's working again.
You won't hear me say this often, but what a relief to be able to be able to vacuum again. The dust bunnies and cat hair tumble weeds had gotten so bad, I was starting to think I was camping.
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