Or maybe I’m doing it wrong…

This is my vacuum.

I would like to preface my remarks by first saying that I love my vacuum. This is a workhorse that really gets the job done, in spite of persistent abuse and mistreatment. Like the time I put the air filter in upside down (and vacuumed for months like that), or the numerous times the back end has gotten stuck around the corner and I yanked on the hose hard, or the fact that I’ve only had it serviced once since I purchased it seven years ago. I won’t even mention the dozens of bits of yarn and strings and pennies and Playmobil pieces and God knows what else it’s sucked up. But I digress.

There is just one thing I don’t get about this vacuum. It’s got a feature that I cannot for the life of me figure out. Way up by the handle, there’s this little door you can slide open to adjust the suction. See?

Open. Closed.

Can someone please tell me what in the HELL this thing is for? I don’t think that I’ve EVER, in the seven years I’ve owned this thing, said to myself, “Self, this vacuum just has TOO MUCH SUCTION! Let’s open this puppy up!” Seriously, has anyone in the history of vacuum cleaners ever said, “Hey, we need LESS suction! This baby’s pulling the tacks out of the carpet.”

I’m confused.

5 thoughts on “Or maybe I’m doing it wrong…

  1. It’s meant for things that aren’t supposed to get sucked into the vacuum along with the dust and dirt….like drapes. Yes some people actually vacuum their curtains. Me….I tend to vacuum a whole floor before I realize that that darn little door thingy is OPEN when it should have been closed. It seems to slide open of its’ own free will.

  2. Hehehe…. Marlene is right.. I used to sell the things way back in another life… Its for drapes and small area rugs where you don’t want it going up the pipe. Sigh. Just remember to put on the upholstery or floor tool first!


  3. Jen,
    I always wondered that too! Now we know. If you don’t ask the questions, you don’t get the answers! See you on stage tomorrow. (I actually practiced today.)

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