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Friday, December 28, 2018

Bad Vacuum

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Okay, it was . . . weird.
Really weird.
But sometimes, weird has a logical explanation . . .
Darn.
We were visiting with our good friends, Shane and Linda.
They had just finished building their dream home.
The last touches were slowly going in.
Shane had recently installed a new central vacuum system.
It really sucked. (But that was a good thing and has nothing to do with this story . . .)
Shortly after the vacuum was installed, and very late at night, Shane was in the front room doing . . . Shane stuff. Deciding it was time for bed, he stood up and started toward the doorway.
When the vacuum suddenly turned on.
I am not making this up.
The middle of the night. Everyone else in the house was asleep. And the vacuum switched itself on.
Let’s just say it was . . . startling . . . and go from there.
Shane immediately quickened his pace, intent on switching the mechanical demon off before it woke the whole house.
But as he crossed the room, it quit.
The vacuum, I mean.
Huh.
See what I mean? Weird.
After that, it happened several times. Always when someone was in the front room. Usually when they were alone.
This went on for some time.
Then we showed up for a visit.
The four of us were sitting in the front room, catching up.
Shane told us the vacuum story.
Complete with hand gestures.
And the dance.
I frowned thoughtfully. (I do that . . .) “Shane,” I asked, “Where were you standing when the vacuum came on?”
He pointed out an area of the floor.
I crossed over and stepped on it.
The vacuum was suddenly roaring beneath us.
I moved off the spot.
The vacuum quit.
I did it again.
Vacuum on.
Vacuum off.
All three of them were staring at me.
Then Grant smiled. “I think I know what happened.”
The two men went into the basement and poked around, finally discovering a screw, just piercing the wiring. When pressure was applied from above, the connection was completed. The vacuum came on.
When pressure was released, the connection was broken. And the machine switched off.
The ‘haunted’ vacuum was explained.
But you know what?
It was heaps more fun before we figured it out.

14 comments:

  1. Things are so much more interesting before we figure out the scientific reason for them happening. But I have to agree that if I were Shane, it would have driven me crazy until it was figured out.

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  2. Yep. A good story sometimes leaves something to the imagination. Loved it!
    :) gwingal

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    1. And our imagination takes us to amazing places...
      Right? :)

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  3. Those scientific types always ruin the fun!

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  4. Weird works for me.
    Good that the cause was found though. A partially pieced wiring is not a good thing.

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    1. Sadly true. Entertainment and disaster so often go hand-in-hand!

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  5. Something to keep in mind should I ever install a ducted vacuum system.

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  6. Eek! I'd be lying awake at night AFTERWARD worrying about the fact that the screw had been piercing the wiring, even though at that point there would be no reason to!

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