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Post# 148767   8/25/2011 at 19:28 (4,573 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

I am going to visit this person to make offers on some of these vacuums.

Post# 148768 , Reply# 1   8/25/2011 at 19:29 (4,573 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

2nd picture

Post# 148771 , Reply# 2   8/25/2011 at 19:56 (4,573 days old) by vacu-finder ()        

good find, and good luck in your picking..!

Post# 148786 , Reply# 3   8/25/2011 at 21:12 (4,573 days old) by guardsman69 ()        

dear ben be careful going through those units watch whats in them fleas live and bread in disaster piles like your carpeted surfaces especially in your kitchen no vacuum is worth that.....spray with flea spray and put flea collars in all your units just to be sure especially if you have pets

Post# 148791 , Reply# 4   8/25/2011 at 21:41 (4,573 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Here's a repost of mine from last year:

I hope when you go this Vacuum Cleaner Purgatory you will be very cautious about critters and creepy-crawlers, including black widow spiders - they seek out dark, quiet, secluded places.


Wear long, heavy pants tucked INTO long, heavy socks. Leather ankle-high work shoes (not tennis shoes or flip-flops!) Long-sleeve shirts and heavy gloves. Don't reach into boxes or under piles of vacuum cleaners.

I've got two good stories here.

One time I found an old ramshackle vac shop down near my church. The shop is long gone; the property is now a tiny industrial park.

Anyway, I went into the filthy shop one day just to see what the guy had. The place smelled of stale cigarettes, cat pee and cheap aftershave that didn't quite cover up the old guy's rancid B.O. He said he had a bunch of "old junk" out back behind the shop and I was free to have a look.

I went back there and started looking around - pulling out some old machines and stuff that were there. Unfortunately it was all ruined since it had been exposed to the elements for years. As I was standing there with disappointment over the condition of the stuff, I started feeling an itchy, tingly, crawly feeling on my legs. I looked down and my light tan khaki pants were COVERED with fleas. Hundreds of them hopping around on my legs and feet, crawling up inside my pant-legs and biting my ankles and calves.

I screamed and literally tore my pants off right there in the guy's back yard! I went running to my car in my underwear (Thank God I don't "go commando!") and got some bottled water and poured it all over my feet and legs. I tore off my shoes and socks and just threw the socks away. Luckily I happened to have a pair of walking shorts in my car so I put them on. I went back to the guy's shop and gave him hell about that junk pile in the back. He said, "Oh yeah, there are stray cats around here and I guess they attracted fleas."

I washed off my shoes and pants with the hose outside his shop and drove home barefoot. I stopped by my apartment and called out to Arlee at his open window to bring me out some shoes. ("Don't ask so many questions, just bring me some shoes. I'll explain later.")

I drove to the store and got a flea bomb. I closed my car windows and doors and let off one of the bombs inside, and kept it shut all day and night. The next day I opened all the doors and windows. I brought out an Electrolux, and with the hose attached to the blower, air-washed the interior of my car very thoroughly.

That seemed to do the trick; I didn't see any fleas after that.

Oh My Gawd that was such a horror! I'm getting itchy just thinking about it!


Then here's the other story.

I went out to my old garage (R.I.P.) at my former apartment one day to get something. I had a pile of boxes stacked up inside the back area of the garage. The top box was higher than eye level. Whatever I wanted (don't remember now), was in one of the boxes under the top, open box. I reached up and pulled the top box down. When I got it down to eye level, I let out a loud shriek, jumped back and dropped the box!

Because staring at me, hissing with teeth bared about three inches from my face, was a huge 'possum! The 'possum is among the ugliest animals in the western world, and this one was mighty annoyed at its cozy little nest being disturbed. It scared the living daylights out of me -- before I got my wits about me I thought it was a gigantic rat!

I ran out of that garage, my heart pounding and the wind knocked out of me. It took a few minutes of re-gathering my bravery before I went back in there because I knew that beast was still in there somewhere. But I figured it had gotten as scared as I had, especially when I let out that ear-piercing scream!

I also used to see a lot of black widow spiders out there. I almost learned the hard way to be careful about reaching my hands down into dark spaces -- when I saw one crawling up my arm one day.

Post# 148798 , Reply# 5   8/25/2011 at 22:14 (4,572 days old) by massagemiracle ()        

I was raised on a farm, that stuff doesn't bother me. I always bomb a vacuum outside, never bring it in first. I don't want anyones dirt or bugs. Thanks for the info and the scary stories!!!!!

Post# 148800 , Reply# 6   8/25/2011 at 22:22 (4,572 days old) by funvacfan (Canada)        
Looks like fun

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picking! I think I see a Eureka upright there that I've been looking for! It's the beige one in the first pick...I think it was called the Emperor.

Have Fun!


Post# 148802 , Reply# 7   8/25/2011 at 22:39 (4,572 days old) by goadie12 ()        

Looks like a great trip can't wait to see what u get . Zach

Post# 148808 , Reply# 8   8/25/2011 at 23:07 (4,572 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

LOL you think that pile looks gross, I can say I have been through far worse!

I bet there are some real nice machines there! Good luck!

Post# 148830 , Reply# 9   8/26/2011 at 00:29 (4,572 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

Ben, good luck with your treasure hunt!


Charles, you should write a book about what you have gone through in the name of vacuum love!   

Post# 148836 , Reply# 10   8/26/2011 at 01:48 (4,572 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Bet some fleas,mice,rats,black widows,brown recluse,and maybe snakes can living in that vacuum pile!

Post# 148851 , Reply# 11   8/26/2011 at 06:10 (4,572 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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"Bet some fleas,mice,rats,black widows,brown recluse,and maybe snakes can living in that vacuum pile"

Got a vacuum in for repair while ago , opened it up and a spider the size of my hand crawled out, my Eldest son Joshua ran inside to My wife and said out loud
" daddy saw a spider and Screamed like a girl "

Post# 148853 , Reply# 12   8/26/2011 at 06:23 (4,572 days old) by KirbyLover (Louisville Kentucky )        

I always clean my vacs in the garage and wash the bag ASAP before bringing them in the house. The more I think about it, the more disgusting it really is to me! When I was a kid out family cat got fleas and they are a nightmare. Luckly my 2 cats now have not had them and we have not bothered with the flea drops yet (they never go outside).

Post# 148861 , Reply# 13   8/26/2011 at 07:25 (4,572 days old) by kenkart ()        
Im Not!

Afraid of anything except..HORNETS WASPS BEES YELLOW JACKETS and the awfullest creatures ever!! European Hornets!..some folks call them Japanese hornets, but they are not,..what they are is a giant yellow jacket looking thing , that makes a huge nest, I dont go in any old buildings untill winter time!!Not even if I saw a Lady Kenmore Whispertone!! It would wait!

Post# 148893 , Reply# 14   8/26/2011 at 11:18 (4,572 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        
Anyone ever see a wasp (or hornet) this big?

My nephew from Maryland is visiting. This past Sunday, he, Arlee and I went hiking up to the Bronson Caves north of Hollywood (location of many old westerns and science fiction movies).


As we were walking along, I saw something crawling at the side of the dirt trail that I thought at first was a tiny bird. Looked closer ... it was not a bird but the biggest damn wasp I've ever seen.


I have inserted a quarter into the photo for size comparison. I have never seen such a huge wasp in all my life!!


Anyone know anything about this creature? I googled for it and the most similar-looking bugs I found were variously called Wood Wasps, Asian Giant Hornets or Japanese Wasps. But I'm not sure that's what this was. All of those beasts have striped bodies whereas the body on this one was all black, with black and orange wings. Which was why I thought at first it was a little bird.


Scary s#!t, whatever it was!!

Post# 148895 , Reply# 15   8/26/2011 at 11:27 (4,572 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        
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Come to Africa , We will show you big insects :)
We get some pretty nasty critters here
In Johanaburg you get roaches so big they call the park town prawns they are possitively huge

Its been a long time since I chatted to you , I emaild you a few years ago after I came eacross your website, You were the first person I new of who also collected and loved vacuums

Gareth Cape town South Africa

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