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How to Replace a belt on a Riccar vacuum & work less!

“I am so S M R T!”- Homer Simpson

Well my cartoon friend, not only am I – S M R T ER, but I also look better in tighty whites! Don’t worry I spare you from the actual image and let you ponder that mental image…

Here’s why I claim to be smarter- there’s an old saying that goes, “a man who works a hundred years his hardest each day will never be old or broke”. Well I’ve got my own saying, “a man who appears to work and perfects slacking, will never grow tired of working his job!” – Justin.

With that in mind, let me introduce you to a kid who is in the world of vacuums… a celebrity. As a self proclaimed vacuum celebrity, he is the Matt Damon to my Brad Pittness in the vacuum world (except Brad has a 6 pack and I have a keg as a belly). Anyhow, Kyle Krichbaum has appeared on Jay Leno, The History channel and many more shows and television stations, but now he’s crossed over onto something even BIGGER… The GoVacuum Youtube Channel!

So what does a full time slacker do? He gets Kyle “The Vacuum Kid” Krichbaum to do his Youtube video for him! That’s right, Kyle is now creating how to & vacuum repair videos for GoVacuum.com! Thus enabling me to do what I do best… sleep!

So here’s Kyles first vacuum repair video for a Riccar 8905 vacuum cleaner. Expect to see more videos by Kyle and I’m even trying to pawn this blogging thing over to him, so this whole “work” thing won’t bother me during weekdays!

SEE IMAGES BELOW DIRECTIONS

1. Gather your materials. All you’ll need is an ordinary Phillips Head Screwdriver and a replacement belt. The belt part number for the Riccar 8905 is ricc113, and you can get one at a great low price at GoVacuum.com.

2. Turn the vacuum over with the front against the floor. You should be able to see the brusher bar in this position.

3. Locate the two small screws that hold the bottom plate of the vacuum in place. Once you’ve found them, use your screwdriver to remove them by turning the tool to the left.

4. Remove the plate.

5. You can locate the belt on its track on the left-hand side of the vacuum. There is a black door that partially obstructs your view of the belt. Grasp the door and swing it upwards to reveal the entire part.

6. Reach into the back of the vacuum and remove the belt from the motor pulley.

7. Remove the silver divider that is on the left-hand side of the brush roll. Put this aside somewhere safe, as you will need to reinstall it later.

8. Grasp the brush roller and pull it out of the vacuum.

9. Although it’s not mandatory, you can use this time as an opportunity to clean the area beneath the brush roller. Just use a damp cloth to wipe down the entire area.

10. Place one end of the new belt around the motor pulley at the back of the vacuum.

11. Put the brush roll through the belt. You’ll want the belt to rest inside of the black track on the left-hand side of the brush roll.

12. Get behind the vacuum and grasp the brush roll. Put equal pressure on both ends and push it back into place. You will feel resistance from the belt, but don’t worry–this is normal. It does not mean the belt will break.

13. Return to the front of the vacuum and replace the metal divider.

14. Close the black door that covers the belt.

15. Put the pla
te back in place on the vacuum. Be sure to tuck the blue pieces inside. They should not be visible from the outside of the vacuum.

16. Use your screwdriver to tighten the screws, turning the tool to the right.

17. Celebrate! Your Riccar 8905 has a brand new belt. Give yourself a pat on the back and vacuum something!

NOTE: This video, images and guide is for the Riccar 8900 series without the clutch AKA floor/Rug Selector. If you have a Riccar model with the clutch such as the 8955 or 8850, you need to also connect the clutch bar and make sure your roller tabs are placed in the roller housing correctly.

DISCLAIMER: This video is for informational purposes only. We disclaim any injury you or your machine may endure during the repair process.

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The Dyson thief is no Shark

I’m not one to insult people, but stupid criminals seem to be getting stupider in 2013.

For 45-year-old Chuck Echevarria from Amherst, New York, the New Year didn’t get off to a very good start. Marking perhaps a new low for stupid criminals, Chuck waltzed into a big box store, took a cart and proceeded to fill it with over $1,700 worth of Dyson vacuums.

Then, he brazenly pushed his cart right outside without paying, walking right past several security cameras in the process. The footage posted on YouTube not only shows a clear view of his face, but also of the license plate on his vehicle.

It’s no surprise that this king of stupid criminals was quickly arrested. In fact, his antics had already landed him in jail in Pennsylvania on different charges.

So what did Chuck steal? A lot of different things, but most of his loot consisted of Dyson vacuums of all things. This has earned him the title of the Dyson thief in local media coverage around Amherst.

We personally think that walking out of a store with a cart full of merchandise and your face in plain view is pretty foolish, but Chuck’s choice of merchandise to target is even dumber to us. If the Dyson thief was going to steal a vacuum, we can’t understand why he’d pass up higher quality models like the Shark Navigator and go for a Dyson instead.

Obviously, Chuck didn’t plan his heist too well, and he didn’t bother to research what he was stealing either. Just one look at Shark vacuum reviews online would have told him that in the Dyson vs Shark debate, Shark vacuums always come out on top.

If you’re making the Dyson vs Shark decision for yourself, we hope you’ll look into the matter more carefully than the good old Dyson thief did. You can check out the Shark Navigator and other Shark vacuums at GoVacuum.com and see for yourself why choosing a Dyson vs a Shark makes stupid criminals even stupider.

Plus, when you’re ready to buy one of our new Shark vacuums, you’re sure to love the price. They’re practically a steal.

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Recognized for excellence in vacuums by Amazon

We’ve Been Recognized!

We know it’s not nice to brag, but we recently got some exciting news that we
simply have to share with our blog readers.

Our Amazon Marketplace store was recently honored by Amazon for being one of the top sellers during the 2012 Holiday Season. This means we were not only tops on Amazon vacuum sales, but we also were among the top 25 percent of all sellers on Amazon in terms of sales volume. In addition, we also received an A+ rating on our customer feedback posted from those who bought our vacuums on Amazon during November and December 2012.

Amazon vacuum cleaner sales award
You may find it surprising that Amazon vacuum sales are high around Christmastime, as a new vacuum may not seem like a popular gift, but we’ve found
that sales of vacuums on Amazon and GoVacuum.com increase each year when people start Christmas shopping. This is not only because of gift-giving, but also
because many people decide to upgrade their vacuums to get their house squeaky clean before decorating. We also sell a lot of vacuum accessories and vacuum bags
on Amazon once Thanksgiving rolls around.

So what exactly made up our stellar sales of vacuums on Amazon? A lot of things, but our ZVac HEPA filters on Amazon sell particularly well. ZVac is our own brand
of generic HEPA filters, which are available for much less than many conventional brands. Our filters meet all OEM specifications and work with models from some of
the biggest manufacturers, including Hoover, Dirt Devil and Kenmore. We also have plans to start selling ZVac vacuum bags on Amazon and on GoVacuum.com in the
near future.

We’re very proud of our Amazon sales results and are hoping to have another strong year on our Marketplace store and our GoVaccuum.com e-commerce store. We couldn’t have done so well without the help of our customers, particularly the readers of our blog who tell their friends and family about our Amazon sales on vacuums and our
great customer service. So from all of us here at GoVacuum.com to you, thank you for your support and for your business!

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And the Winner is?!?!?!?

We have a winner of the World’s first and only “Priceless” Sebo GV62712 Felix Crystallize!

Congratulations to Kira Wojack, and co-conspirator Heidi Heldstab of Fort Bragg, California!!!

The contest was to test the creativity of our loyal customers and fans in making their own music video to our GoVacuum Rap song about the one-of-a-kind Sebo GV62712 Felix Crystallize.

This unique Sebo vacuum possesses an outer bag covered in 1,000 Swarovski Elements, a power nozzle that’s covered with beautiful diamond dust, and a silver plated handle. Do not let its outward appearance full you, this may be pretty on the outside but has no problem getting down and dirty. Sebo vacuums are one of the industries finest vacuums offering the best in performance, filtration, and durability.

Without further ado, here is their winning video:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WINNING VIDEO

 

Very Creative!! I hope they had as much fun making it as we had watching it. Great Job!

It pays to be a fan of GoVacuum. Whether you “like” us on Facebook or “follow” us on Twitter, maybe even have our main page as your home page – all will keep you informed as to the latest in contests and giveaways.

Just right now we are running a contest for the first and only Apple iPad Mini, with an outer case covered in Meteor dust!

So stayed tuned.

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Name that Chihuahua! A contest with an “Out of This World” prize!

We at GoVacuum are proud to announce that we have added a beautiful new addition to our family, an adorable female Chihuahua puppy.

We are spellbound by her cuteness. The chewing of clothes, not yet being potty trained (but we’re working on it), and rambunctious ways all get overlooked, because who can get mad at something so cute?

Reminds me of Puss in Boots, no matter what mischievous events he finds himself in, he just pushes back those ears, widens those eyes, and the people that were chasing him just turn to putty in his paws.

The biggest issue we are having and is why we are turning to our customers, Facebook fans, and twitter followers – is choosing a name for her. Even the brightest of minds at GoVacuum (which might not be saying much) cannot find a name that seems to fit.

So let’s have a contest!

We are asking the collective here to help choose a name and we have come up with an award that is truly “out of this world.”

Now I know you’re asking yourself, “How did GoVacuum get a hold of an alien spacecraft?” Well, to that I say none of your business; but we are offering up a brand new Apple iPad Mini with a case that is covered in Meteor dust!!!!!

That’s right a Meteor that flew through space and happened to hit our planet, is now going to be on your Apple iPad.

Bet that Meteor didn’t see that coming?!?

The contest is being held from January 7, 2013 until April 1, 2013 and anyone can go online to GoVacuum.com’s homepage to enter the contest, choose a great name for their brand new addition to the family, and potentially win this “out of this world” prize.

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Recycling Event and Beyond

GoVacuum.com and Forever Green Recycling just held their first ever “Recycle and Save Event” this past Saturday, October 28th. The response from the community was overwhelming! With such a positive turnout, I’m sure this event will become an annual thing.

(might be a slight exaggeration of turnout for our recycling event)

It doesn’t stop at just one event. The fusion of teamwork from GoVacuum.com and Forever Green Recycling will be offering recycling services daily.

Just like the slogan, “only you can prevent forest fires,” well only YOU can prevent needless landfill consumption of broken, no longer wanted or needed vacuum cleaners.

The buzz of our recycling effort is gaining momentum within the online community as well. With Recyclescene.com, Earthtechling.com, and Earth911.com leading the charge in getting the message out and informing people that there are positive, worthwhile alternatives for the disposal of vacuum cleaners.

So if you are local within the DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia area – please feel free to drop by our Vacuums Unlimited (GoVacuum) headquarters which is located at 14500 Lee Road Chantilly, VA 20151.

If you are not local but still want to take advantage of this wonderful program, please visit Vac-Recycle.com. Upon visiting the site, we will walk you through step by step from what your vacuum is worth to having a tree being planted in an endangered rain forest in your honor and everything in between.

Your recycling efforts do not have to stop at just vacuums. Forever Green Recycling specializes in the recycling of unwanted or no longer needed electronics. Whether you are bogged down with old gyroscopes, silicon wafers, copper anodes, and oscilloscopes or more common items like radar and sonar equipment – Forever Green Recycling has your recycling needs covered.

For a complete list of electronics Forever Green Recycling accepts, click here.

Please remember that a little effort can make a huge impact. Use these avenues to make a difference now and many years into the future.

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Treasure Troving For Lost Items With Your Vacuum

Do you know that feeling you get when you’ve lost an earring or your favorite piece in Monopoly?  Are you always losing because you can’t find that gosh darn car or the cannon?   I mean seriously, everyone knows those are the best pieces!  Well you can buy another Monopoly game and waste all those monopoly dollars, or you can pass go, collect $200 and try a nifty little method I like to call, “treasure troving,” also known as, “Putting a stocking on the end of a vacuum to find a small item under your dresser.”

You are never going to believe how simple it is.  All you need is a vacuum and a stocking or if you’re a dude who owns dress socks, those will work too.  Now if you’re a dude and you have stocking’s… more power to ya’.  Just take the end of your vacuum hose, place a stocking over it – creating a filter-like effect, and take your vacuum on a treasure trove hunt.  You’ll find all the stuff you never really noticed was lost but always gave you the feeling of, “dang something is missing in my life.”

Who needs a metal detector, I mean seriously?!?  Have you ever seen a robber out at the park trying to crack a safe?  There are way more valuable items just laying around lost in your bedroom.  There is no better feeling than pulling your wedding ring out of the kitchen sink or shutting up your stupid brother in law in a friendly game of monopoly, Boooyaw!  So give it a try and don’t forget to refer to GoVacuum.com for all of your vacuum needs.

I’m Cliff and this is my first blog post, how did I do? Email me at cliff@govacuum.com and let me know!

 

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COPD. Having a IQ is Power.

There are many ailments and major health concerns that people are aware of, but there is one life-threatening disease that does not make the headlines: COPD.  COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and it’s the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States.

Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and sometimes asthma are a group of diseases that cause breathing related problems and airflow blockages that make up COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

What causes COPD?

There are a few variables that studies have shown to play a huge role in people developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or already have the condition but are making it worse.

Exposure to air pollutants in the workplace or home, respiratory infections and asthma, all play their role in developing and progressing COPD but the key factor in the United States is tobacco use.  In a growing amount of cases, indoor air quality can possibly play an even larger role in the development or progression of this dangerous disease.

One demographic affected most by the pollutants within the home and / or buildings are the elderly.  Elderly spend roughly 90% of their time indoors and can become susceptible to environmental hazards such as, tobacco smoke, mold, dust, pollen, animal dander, dust mites, and even cockroaches.  Other sources include oil, gas, kerosene, coal, and certain household cleaning products which contain irritating odors.

We at GoVacuum wanted to shed light on this growing concern but also offer a valuable, high powered weapon to combat COPD within the home and / or building.

There is one company that not only specializes in the manufacturing and engineering of high quality, innovative air purifying perfection, but is also recommend by the American Lung Association for COPD – and that is IQ Air.

IQ Air produces exceptional air purifiers that use Hyper HEPA technology in a sealed system which captures 99.97% of all particles, as small as 0.003 microns.  This micron measurement represents the smallest particles that exist and include viruses, dust mites, pet dander, air pollution, and even cigarette smoke.  IQ Air uses nanofiber technology which stops particles 100 times smaller than what other air purifiers claim.

Using IQ Air machines will greatly reduce the ultra fine particles associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  Unfortunately there are many air purifiers on the market that claim to do the same but are actually ineffective or even worse, dangerous.

Other air purifiers offer inferior filtration designs, that can possibly produce ozone or contain ionizers.  Ozone and Ionizers are significantly dangerous because the can exacerbate COPD and other respiratory conditions.

November is the American Lung Association’s COPD and Lung Cancer Awareness Month and GoVacuum wanted to raise people’s ”IQ” about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and provide the information needed to choose the right air purifying company to tackle this important and deadly issue.

 

 

 

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Vacuum Reviews Milestone with a batting average of .986!!

Pete Rose (14,053) might have more at-bats than us for now but GoVacuum (10,064) is closing in.  As for batting average, move over Ty Cobb, your .366 batting average is impressive but GoVacuum is crushing the record with an amazing .986!!

 

 

Now obviously GoVacuum doesn’t play baseball, but we are putting up phenomenal numbers in customer reviews on the sales of vacuums, vacuum parts, and vacuum accessories on Ebay.com.  We currently have 10,064 reviews with a whopping 98.6% of those reviews being positive.

 

Now that’s impressive if I do say so myself.   Yes we might be pulling the ol’ Barry Horowitz (wrestler infamous for patting himself on the back), but there is nothing wrong with a little self gratification.

 

 

GoVacuum.com started selling a variety of vacuums, vacuum accessories, and vacuum parts on Ebay back on May 01, 2009. Since then, customers have been able to locate the correct items for their wants and needs and GoVacuum has been happy to oblige.

Here are just a few of those reviews:

“Fits and function fine. Best price anywhere. 5 Star seller!” – marysidneyjo

“my product was processed and shipped very quickly service was above and beyond” – digginirish

“Ordered late at night and received 3 days later. Super fast. Perfect. Thanks!” – millerpaulb

“Excellent Seller! Would buy again! A++++” – flatheadtradingcompany

“Great… Fast shipping. Would use seller again. Thanks!” – tpico8744

“GREAT EBAYER A+A+A+A+A+” – smomon

 

 

Expanding onto other marketplaces was a welcomed challenge that GoVacuum.com was more than willing to take on. We wanted to expand our opportunities to provide our amazing service and products to a wider array of customers. Marketplaces like Amazon, Ebay, New Egg, and Sears – certainly gives us the opportunity to reach consumers that might not have otherwise been privy to GoVacuum’s excellent service and prices.

 

Even though you can find GoVacuum.com on these Marketplaces, please feel free to come directly to our website. You will find our entire inventory, discover and enter various contests (priceless vacuum contest happening right now), and have the ability to directly contact our vacuum experts to obtain any information you may need to determine the correct vacuum, vacuum parts, and / or vacuum accessories.

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iRobot. A do it yourself guide to doing……..nothing.

Have you ever stopped in the middle of vacuuming and wished you lived a 100 years from now so a robot could do the housework while you relaxed? 

Welcome to the future.

iRobot is a company on the cutting edge of robotic design. The company designs military and home robots. The home robots are a popular vacuum product line known as the Roomba vacuums.

Roomba are hands free robotic vacuums that will clean your carpeting as if you were vacuuming with a traditional upright or canister vacuum. With just a push of a button the robotic vacuum will clean the room designated and even return itself back to its very own docking station.

Now I know if you’re like me you are probably asking yourself, “So when is the mowing the lawn, doing laundry, washing dishes, taking care of crying baby, rub your wife’s feet – robot coming out?”

I’m still waiting!!!

 

Until then at least you have a fantastic solution for cleaning your carpets.

That’s not all!!

iRobot has expanded their inventory and horizons by acquiring Evolution Robotics, makers of the Mint floor cleaning robot. The Mint floor cleaning robot focuses on cleaning hard surface floors.

Talk about a robotic cleaning army.

If your home is a 50/50 split between hard surface floors and carpeting or just mostly carpet, you will certainly want to consider the newest of the iRobot vacuum line such as the Roomba 630. One push of the button and you can walk away. The Roomba 630 features a patented 3 stage cleaning system with spinning side brushes to clean around edges while efficiently vacuuming dirt, debris, and even the dreaded pet hair.

Or if you want a more regimented approach, the Roomba 650 is equipped with a scheduler. So you set the time of when you want the robotic maid to get to work.

Both the Roomba 630 and 650 can adapt to various obstacles in the home. These robotic vacuums can go under beds and furniture, maneuver around loose wires, avoid stairs, use an acoustic sensor to detect the dirtiest parts of the floor and make multiple passes over the same area to ensure efficiency.

Make sure to check these amazing robot vacuums out at GoVacuum.com. We offer the greatest assortment of iRobot machines at the best prices.

 

 

 

Please feel free to send any “thank you” emails to michaelodell@govacuum.com.

 

 

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