What better way to honor my dad on Father's Day than by trying to fix something about which I am clueless.
I turned to Professor Google for help and learned that replacing a vacuum cleaner switch is a relatively simple, four-step process:
1. Disassemble enough pieces to get to the switch.
2. Look at the wires and make sure they're firmly attached.
3. Use a continuity tester or multitester to check the circuit.
4. If all else fails, replace the switch.
I was reasonably confident of being able to do steps 1, 2 and 4. The tester thing? Heaven help me.
To my delight and amazement, I actually have – and found – two tester things in my garage.
Do I know how to use them? Hell no. But it turned out they weren't necessary.
It became obvious at step 2 that I should probably replace the switch.
I'm pretty sure the connection isn't supposed to be black or melted.
After a little more googling, I ordered a replacement switch online and it's working its way to my mailbox.
Smooch: You're never going to figure out how to put this back together.
Me: If you wouldn't drag so much dirt in the house, I wouldn't need it.