I'm feeling a little proud of myself at the moment. Last week our Dyson went up in a cloud of acrid smoke, and I suppose the normal reaction to that would have been "We need a new vacuum". But not for me! I had the bizarre notion that despite never doing anything like this at all before, I would be able to replace and repair the parts for the hoover! Admittedly I didn't want to part with the Dyson, apart from the fact that it was a great machine, it used to be my grandmothers before she passed and I'm a sentimental fool so didn't want to throw it out unless I'd tried everything else. Time to get my Make Do And Mend cap on
Now a new Dyson is a few hundred pounds, and to call out an independent engineer to fix it would have cost around £100. I managed to get a brand new motor, a new brush bar, clutch and drive belts, two new filters and the security screwdriver for the princely sum of £38 delivered after a bit of shopping around on Ebay. I only really needed the motor to be honest which I could have picked up for a little less than £20, but until I took it apart I didn't know if the belts had snapped causing the motor to burn out, and buying the belts in a kit with the new brush bar worked out cheaper than buying them individually without it.
A couple of days later the parts promptly showed up, so last night after the kids went down to sleep I commandeered the kitchen floor to start the autopsy of the hoover.
It was a lot more involved than I had hoped it would be, a couple of parts were really tricky to get apart and back together again afterwards and it did end up taking me a couple of hours.
But I got there in the end, Pulled it all together and flicked the switch.....
Cue the maniacal "IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Allow me to introduce the reincarnation of Trigger's broom, I think there is officially more new parts in it than original.
So the morals of the story?
You can save yourself a fortune by doing it yourself
That infinite belief in your own abilities (based on zero historical evidence) can often pay off if you wing it
That if you buy quality to begin with it can be maintained and repaired for a lifetime for much cheaper than continually buying inferior products that will inevitably fail.
Hopefully this post inspires you to get hands on next time something breaks down, just roll up your sleeves and give it a go. At the end of the day, if it's already broken, what's the worst you could do?