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.

Shark MV2010 Steamrolls the Dyson Hard!

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so the cleaning experts at Shark should be very flattered this week. Yesterday, Dyson debuted the new Dyson Hard, touting it as an innovative new cleaning solution for hard flooring surfaces. What Dyson doesn’t mention is that this design isn’t exactly new! The Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop has been helping people save time and money for years by combining the benefits of a vacuum, mop and steam cleaner in one lightweight design.

So how does the Dyson Hard stack up to the Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop? Let’s take an in-depth look.

- Suction on bare floors – Both the Dyson Hard and the Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop pick up debris from hard flooring surfaces.

- Wet cleaning – The Dyson Hard uses wet wipes, which must be added to a floating wipe plate before you clean. With the Shark MV2010, you simply add water to the easy-to-fill tank. There’s no need to purchase special wipes; you can clean with ordinary water.

- Wiping ability – The Dyson Hard wet wipes work similarly to an ordinary mop and wipes away surface dirt as you clean. The Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop is outfitted with a pair of microfiber cleaning cloths. The concentrated network of millions of fibers found on the cloth traps fine particulates and holds them in place.

- Sanitization – The Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop is a steam cleaner with the ability to kill up to 99.9 percent of bacteria as you clean. The Dyson Hard does not use any type of steam.

It’s easy to see that the original multi-function vacuum solution, the Shark MV2010 Vac-Then-Steam Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Steam Mop, offers more benefits than the new Dyson Hard. You can check out a video of the Shark in action at GoVacuum.com.

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.

Pass the Turkey, Stuffing, and Online Savings!

It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Nothing like a holiday excuse to overindulge on delicious food. Turkey, mash potatoes, stuffing, yams, and more!!!

Other popular events that surround the Thanksgiving holiday are the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Why stop at just indulging in food, but keep that gluttonous appetite going by purchasing the plethora of items that are being offered at mind blowing, discount prices.

             

GoVacuum is also jumping into the proverbial pumpkin pie of online retailers offering incredible discounts on various vacuum items. We didn’t want to just offer your typical run-of-the-mill sales either. We wanted to take it to another level by offering the biggest sale in the history of Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays!!!

What could that be?!?!

How about the infamous Million Dollar Vacuum to be available for auction on EBay with the bidding to start at……………….$0.01. That’s right, you read that correctly – one penny.
The auction, starts at 1:11am PST on Cyber Monday November 26, 2012, and will run for 10 days. Ten percent of the proceeds will be going to the American Red Cross. The Ebay auction id will be 271108184992.

Now once you have caught your breath and picked yourself up off the floor, there is more. GoVacuum is also offering incredible deals throughout Thanksgiving and the days that follow.

Over the course of 4 days, starting Thanksgiving Day and through the 25th of November, GoVacuum is offering the following deals:

Thanksgiving Day Coupon Code is STUFFING, Black Friday Coupon Code is BLACKFRIDAY2012

 

Holidays are a wonderful time to have family come together and give thanks.   It’s also a time for the parents and  in-laws to come over and give your house the white glove treatment.  So whether its to make your home and floors more sanitary for the kids to play on or to impress the ever-observant parents and in-laws, GoVacuum.com is the perfect place for all of your cleaning needs.

 

So from all of us from GoVacuum to you, have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

 

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.

Cool Crevice Tool Replacement for USB Vacuum

Gone are the days of simpletons banging their keyboards trying to get out those dreaded hot pocket crumbs. This is 2012 and we are far evolved past those days. With a simple two step trick you can turn any household vacuum hose into a brand new tool. A tool designed for those hard to reach places that your basic crevice tool just can’t reach.

This convenient two-step process is simple. Step one; take your everyday vacuum and hose. Step two; take a ketchup bottle top and place it over the vacuum hose and your good to go vacuum. To all those germaphobes and neat freaks out there, you’re welcome. Cleaning every nook and cranny never seemed so easy.

Now you’ll be able to clean in between the crevices in your everyday life leaving you with a clean feeling. And it’s much less expensive too! Now you’re good to go, and don’t forget to refer all your vacuum needs to Govacuum.com.

Don’t settle for one of the cheap USB vacuum cleaners, you’ll find that those things suck or well, rather, they don’t! Buy a SEBO vacuum at the best price only from GoVacuum, where you’ll find hundreds of vacuum reviews!

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!

 

Wine Festival & Vacuum Recycling Event Near Washington DC ( District of Columbia )?

Washington DC area residents, what do you get when you cross my two favorite things, wine and vacuums? Besides me and a lonely Saturday night as a bachelor, you get a fun filled Saturday! What are you doing on the 27th of October? No plans? Why not start the day off by visiting us for our vacuum festival? Okay, vacuum festival is a bit of a stretch, let’s call it a vacuum recycling event!

So hop in your car with your old vacuum, broken or working, and leave Washington DC to head down route 50! After selling us your vacuum and/or buying one from us at the BIGGEST SALE we’ve ever had in 35 years, why not drive a few miles down the street and have fun at a wine festival? We’re just minutes from many Virginia wineries. Why am I trying to suggest heading to a winery afterwards? Well besides the fact I’ll probably end up there after our vacuum recycling event, I fear you won’t show up just for the vacuum recycling event, so I’m trying to entice you with wine.

I don’t even know that there’s a wine festival this weekend, but I do know Chrysalis Winery is just a few miles away and it’s always beautiful countryside scenery that makes for a great break from Washington DC’s political landscape. Oh, plus there’s also the National Air & Space Museum just down the street if you’re heading over with family! The point I’m trying to make is this… If you live in or near Washington DC, please attend our event! I’ll even have the gold and priceless vacuums on display so you can get a photo with each for FREE!

So my Washington DC and surrounding area residents (that includes you too Maryland), please note there is no trick to Vacuums Unlimited’s (AKA GoVacuum.com) biggest sale in 35 years. There is also most certainly a treat for customers and the environment this year with a recycling event just in time for Halloween. Vacuums Unlimited (of GoVacuum) and Forever Green Recycling are pairing up for a big recycling event festival in Virginia this October (just outside Washington, D.C.). This one-day only sale and recycling event will be Saturday, October 27th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Is this a wine festival with music for Washington, DC area residents? Hardly! There will be no wine at this festival and it’s hardly a festival, it’s a recycling event! Don’t worry District of Columbia area residents, there will be music playing (just no bands). What gives then?

Well, Vacuums Unlimited will be having their biggest sale on vacuums, air purifiers, carpet cleaners and more! Open boxed vacuums, customer returns, re-boxed, refurbished, rebuilt, and more, during this event only are being liquidated! No rain checks will be dispersed for items on sale as the sale includes only items in stock.

Who knew that recycling could pay off? And could even take that old clunker of a vacuum out of the closet to free up some space? For this recycling event, Vacuums Unlimited will be offering store credits for vacuums in any condition, that old clunker that has not worked in years can earn a customer a neat $20 store credit. The vacuum in the back closet that still sometimes works but makes a whining sound could be worth up to $50. This store credit can also be used towards the machines on sale!

Just bring the vacuum down to the parking lot of their vacuum showroom and warehouse in Chantilly, VA 20151; located at 14500 Lee Road, Unit G (just 20 minutes from D.C & 45 minutes from Baltimore). After the vacuums have been purchased by Vacuums Unlimited, they will try to rebuild your vacuum and give it a new home to clean up. In the event they can’t repair the vacuum, they will strip the vacuum for reusable parts. The parts that cannot be retrieved for reuse will be recycled next door with Forever Green Recycling.

Customers can also bring in other various electronics to be recycled with Forever Green Recycling; click here for a more complete list of items. There is no need to fret over whether or not the vacuums and electronics will end up cluttering the landfill because of Forever Green Recycling’s 99% no-landfill policy.

Vacuums Unlimited and Forever Green Recycling have certainly come together with a different take on the idea of less-is-more, with less landfill clutter and more benefits for the customer and the environment. If you cannot make it for the event but still want to recycle your vacuum, check out their new recycling program.

There will even be a FREE raffle for a Hoover vacuum cleaner! No purchase or vacuum to sell to Vacuums Unlimited required, just stop by and pick up a ticket and they’ll email you if you’re the winner! So if you’re in the Washington, DC area and looking for a unique and fun festival event on the weekend to hit up, check out the first ever Vacuums Unlimited vacuum recycling event that’s just a 20 minute drive from Washington DC & just minutes from many wine festivals at local wineries!

For more information about the vacuum recycling event or local wine festivals in the Washington DC area, please visit our Facebook event page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/444342098951781/

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.

 

 

Priceless Vacuum! How Creative can you be?

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

How’s that for creating a spark of motivation into exploring your creative side?

Making videos, music, or just anything that your imagination comes up can be not only fun, but an exhilarating and liberating experience.

Just ask YouTube.  

Well now GoVacuum wants you to tap into your creativity and explore your talents into making a fantastic, entertaining music video. Don’t worry. Your creations won’t go unrewarded either.

GoVacuum.com is hosting a contest. Not just any run-of-the-mill contest either. The reward is epic!

A one-of-a-kind, priceless Sebo GV62712 Felix Crystallize. The Sebo GV62712 Felix Crystallize is the only vacuum of its kind in existence and will never be made again. The outer bag is covered in 1,000 Swarovski Elements, the power nozzle is covered in actual diamond dust, and the handle is plated in silver. The Sebo GV62712 Felix Crystallize gives you all of the performance and quality of a traditional Sebo Felix vacuum. You can clean all types of surfaces, from bare floors to carpets.

Now I know what your thinking, “Did GoVacuum team up with Xzibit to pimp this vacuum?”

Well its certainly understandable that you would think that, but we did not.

We just wanted to create a priceless vacuum that gives you that WOW factor. We also wanted to come up with a creative way to offer this vacuum to the public. So we said to ourselves, “why not a contest?”

Now I know you’re chomping at the bit to get a hold of this priceless wonder. So here are the contest details:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

1) Download one of two Sebo Felix Crystallize rap songs or make your own song!

Please note:  if you would like to write your own song with original lyrics and beats- this is fine too! It doesn’t have to be a rap song, it can be any type of song, you can use our lyrics posted below if you wish as well. Just don’t sample anything existing from the music world without written permission from the copyright owners… we don’t need RIAA problems.

2) Grab your iPhone, Android phone, video camera, webcam or whatever video recording device you have and record a video for the song.

3) Edit your music video to the Sebo Felix Crystallize song and email it to us at sebocontest@govacuum.com.

We will add it to our youtube account and post your entry to GoVacuum.com with a voting tool. The video that receives the most votes, wins this priceless Sebo Felix Crystallize GV62711!

How can you get more votes?

Once we upload your video on our website, we’ll email you the link to your video. Share the link with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and other social media outlets. Ask people to share, watch and vote for your video!

The fine print…

We’re not attorneys, but here is where we say… Contest open to residents of all countries. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Entry with the most votes on December 15, 2012 at 12pm EST will be declared as the winner. Must be 18 or older to enter, persons appearing in the video must give us permission to use their image, you must have consent from minors legal guardian if anyone under 18 appears in the video.

 

Get those entries in and good luck to all!

 

 


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