The Bug Vacuum

by DIY Maven

The Bug Vacuum

Do you feel bad when you nab a bug in a tissue, pinch together and hear that distinct crunch? Do you wave goodbye to spiders as they’re sent off spinning down the toilet vortex? If so, maybe you should just vacuum them up. Oh, sure, you could use a Dust Buster to take care of those pesky box elder bugs and silver fish, but this Bug Vacuum would be waaaaaay more fun. Using pneumatics, the little sucker doesn’t even need electricity. If you think...

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How to clean a vacuum filter.

by DIY Maven

How to clean a vacuum filter.

The instructions included in your small, handheld vacuum probably say that you should periodically removed the filter and ‘tap clean’ it, meaning you need to smack it against the inside of your garbage can to free the filter of debris. Okay, as I see it, this is lousy advice for two reasons. First, simply tapping the filter doesn’t remove everything. And ‘B’, hitting that thing on the inside of the garbage can makes dust and stuff fly everywhere...

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15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

by Chris Gardner

Proper care of hardwood floors can be difficult under the everyday trample of a family and pets. Preserving the natural beauty of hardwood keeps your home looking crisp and is a crucial part of maintaining your investment and your home's value.

15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

1. Get to know your specific type of flooring and finish, and rely on the manufacturers instructions whenever available.

2. Research the proper care for your particular finish. For example, never use paste...

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Consumer Reports’ New Vacuum Ratings

by DIY Maven

Consumer Reports’ New Vacuum Ratings

Lately, there’s been a lot of Curbly discussion concerning the Dyson. Comments in reply to the posts suggest either people love it or hate it. For a less polarized opinion, you might want to check out the March ‘07 issue of Consumer Reports, which rates 40 upright (plus 24 canister) vacuums.

This round of testing included, for the first time, pet hair pick-up-ability, which would suggest the Dyson Animal, marketed to eat up Fido’s fluffy...

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