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Post# 566   9/3/2006 at 21:14 (4,312 days old) by veg-o-matic ()        

Imagine my delight when I came home from work on Friday to find this by my front door.

My mail-order groom? Noooo...

Post# 568 , Reply# 1   9/3/2006 at 21:19 (4,312 days old) by veg-o-matic ()        

It's my long pined-for Dial-A-Matic!

I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big huge thanks to Fred, Jeff, and Tom for making this happen! I mean, I don't even really know these guys and they went through all this trouble to basically make me a new DAM from the ground up!

Naturally, I had to try it out, so here I am vacuuming my room. It's not as loud as I thought it would be, but you can definitely hear it doing its work! I can't work up a sweat using this puppy, as the exhaust blasts me right in the face! One wonders how Laura Petrie kept her bouffant flip in place.

Oh, in the absence of toreador pants and ballerina flats, you'll just have to see me in jeans and sandals. I'll work on it.

A most delighted veg

Post# 569 , Reply# 2   9/3/2006 at 21:19 (4,312 days old) by converto-skip ()        

Hey Veg is that Your hoover dial-a-matic?


Post# 571 , Reply# 3   9/3/2006 at 21:22 (4,312 days old) by converto-skip ()        
Nice vac

Veg Very nice DAM You have there


I posted my first post before your second post came out

Post# 577 , Reply# 4   9/3/2006 at 22:36 (4,312 days old) by swestoyz ()        

Hey - way to go Veg! Enjoy this beautiful green machine - I know you have been waiting for quite sometime for a DAM.


Post# 579 , Reply# 5   9/3/2006 at 22:54 (4,312 days old) by luxg ()        

Hi Veg, Congratulations on your new Dial a Matic. I love the greeen!! Happy vacuuming! Terry

Post# 581 , Reply# 6   9/3/2006 at 23:09 (4,312 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        
Veg - I Saw That Machine In Person

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At Jeff's. We should clarify that the Fred you were referring to was "Little Fred" - Fred Stachnik, a total Hoover geek and great guy! He got me my new Hoover Constellation. Great machine - enjoy! Now, I am waiting to see you in toreador pants and ballerina flats! Don't let me down.

You are dealing with some great vac folks - Jeff, Tom and L'il Fred. We love to lure people into this crazy hobby. Looks like they picked a great machine to do it! BTW everyone, has anyone noticed who is vacuuming with a Dial-A-Matic on the button for Vacuum-Of-The Day?

Post# 588 , Reply# 7   9/4/2006 at 00:18 (4,312 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
You're very welcome Veg!

I'm glad you like the cleaner and that it will have a good home. I remember you'd wanted a DAM for a while, and that one matches your Floor-a-Matic!
Enjoy it my friend!

Post# 590 , Reply# 8   9/4/2006 at 00:24 (4,312 days old) by dualsanitronic (depere wisconsin)        
DAM! that's nice

Congrats Veg! A fun cleaner.Oh,and yes,that is Samantha Stevens
with her 1100,the Hoover logo skillfully taped over of course.

Post# 593 , Reply# 9   9/4/2006 at 01:32 (4,312 days old) by swingette ()        

ooh, Veg, you may have hit on something new and exciting! apply your deep conditioning hair treatment and your clay facial masque just before doing the vacuuming. let the dial-a-matics warm exhaust maximise your beauty regimine!

Post# 600 , Reply# 10   9/4/2006 at 03:23 (4,312 days old) by swingette ()        

beauty r-e-g-i-m-e-n!

Post# 601 , Reply# 11   9/4/2006 at 05:18 (4,312 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        

Yes! Our dear Elizabeth Montgomery with her hair tied back! Didn't see it before!

Post# 631 , Reply# 12   9/4/2006 at 22:15 (4,311 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

I'm so glad it made it in-tact! I was worried that the box was not going to be rigid enough... so I made sure to pack it in there tightly with lots of crumpled up paper!

Glad you like it, Veg! I concour with Fred N... I, too am waiting to see you in toreador pants and ballerina flats! Don't let me down.

(Little) Fred

Post# 632 , Reply# 13   9/4/2006 at 22:22 (4,311 days old) by convertible68 ()        

Veg, congrats!!! It looks brand new...I bet you're having fun now!

Post# 638 , Reply# 14   9/5/2006 at 05:27 (4,311 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        

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Hi Veg

There`s nothing better than seeing a man in action with a DAM, its a slippery slope now, your collection of vacs will soon outnumber your sewing machines...

Cheers, Mike

Post# 643 , Reply# 15   9/5/2006 at 08:13 (4,311 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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HI All,

I got a self propelled DAM (brown in colour) a few months ago which runs great but I don't think really cleans the carpet all that well. I put in a new belt, new brushroll strips but the brush just doesn't seem to come in close enough contact with the carpet. Since there is no manual adjustment for the head I was wondering if anyone had ideas how to lower the front of the machine....or is this just how they are built. The saying 'it beats, as it sweeps, as it cleans' doesn't apply to this DAM.


Post# 644 , Reply# 16   9/5/2006 at 09:01 (4,311 days old) by kirbykid (this user is not allowed to sell anything on Vacuumland)        
Veg's Dial-A-Matic

Hey that is a great looking machine. I unfortunately don't have any of mine any more... But just wanted to say I think all you guys are great you crack me up, toreador pants and Ballerina flats... sounds like a lot of you guys are just like me..... I think this club is the best thing I have ever found in my life.. can't wait to get to a convention some day to meet you all! KirbyKid

Post# 648 , Reply# 17   9/5/2006 at 13:45 (4,310 days old) by retromom ()        
Heaven, I'm in heaven.......


Congrats on becoming a full-fledged vac addict!! That green DAM looks terrific, and I know from my limited (Austin won't let me use them) experience and hearsay (Austin says they work great - hrmmmmmph) these are wonderful, timeless machines. Once the colour - would go stunningly with a cucumber mask.

What's next...the mail order groom? ;-)

Venus -
who never gets to use the DAMs

Post# 649 , Reply# 18   9/5/2006 at 13:57 (4,310 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
poor cleaning performance...

To Gary in Canada
Your DAM cleaning problem is an easy fix. Tip the machine forward and lay it on the floor, then locate the handle counterweight spring. It will be located on the right middle of the underside, and be stretched from just above the right front wheel to the rear edge of the housing, connected to a little hole under the bumper guard.
Unhook the spring from the housing, and reattach it to the rear wheel shaft, next to the right rear wheel.
This should correct your poor performance, and allow the nozzle to come in contact with the rug.
Hope this helps!

Post# 652 , Reply# 19   9/5/2006 at 20:21 (4,310 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        
Re: poor cleaning performance

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Thanks! I'll give it a try.


Post# 683 , Reply# 20   9/6/2006 at 15:52 (4,309 days old) by veg-o-matic ()        

Oh, no. I'm not collecting vacuum cleaners. No sir, not me. Uh-uh. Not this boy. Nooooooooo.

Despite the fact that there are like a zillion different DAMs in nice, bright colors. And there's the Sunbeam canister I need. And the Sunbeam lightweight I'm going to bid on. Oh, and I've seen an Electrolux that's particularly tasty. A Singer or two. Westinghouse...



Post# 699 , Reply# 21   9/6/2006 at 22:29 (4,309 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

Aww! How cute! Veg has been bitten by the vacuum cleaner bug!



Post# 789 , Reply# 22   9/7/2006 at 16:30 (4,308 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        
Re; poor cleaning performance

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I tried out your suggestion and it seems to have helped. Thanks!


Post# 809 , Reply# 23   9/7/2006 at 19:32 (4,308 days old) by hoover1060 ()        

Thats very good news!

Post# 814 , Reply# 24   9/7/2006 at 19:45 (4,308 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        

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I had a Power Drive DAM with poor cleaning action. Jeff did the same fix for me and now mine works great. Hooverland Jeff is a great resource!


Post# 815 , Reply# 25   9/7/2006 at 19:46 (4,308 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        

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If you find a good place to get mail-order grooms - you let me know right away!!!


Post# 846 , Reply# 26   9/7/2006 at 22:39 (4,308 days old) by luxg ()        

Include me on that mailing list!! Terry

Post# 1175 , Reply# 27   9/12/2006 at 16:00 (4,303 days old) by robgwisdala ()        

A Hoover Convertible and Concept One would be the perfect companions to your DAM.

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