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    Default Mini-Vacuum to clean and dust your layout

    I searched for quite a while for a handheld vacuum to clean up dust and bugs from my layout, but wasn't having any luck. Even "keyboard" vacuums are apparently hard to come by nowadays.

    My workaround is as follows. First, Wally World sells the Bissell 3-in-1 Stick Vacuum for less than $20.00. It has a detachable handle and vacuum head, but I didn't need either of those pieces. My local store has these in stock constantly.

    The major problem with the Bissell is that the vacuum hole is rectangular, to fit the head. Not a big problem, as you'll see.

    Next stop was Amazon. Do a search on "mini-vacuum tools" and one of the items on the list is this
    "Universal Mini Micro Tool Attachment 8 Piece Set Home Revolution Brand; Made to Fit ALL Vacuum Cleaners...", listed for about $8.00, and it's Prime, so free shipping if you have that.

    Ignore that nonsense about "Universal" and "Fit ALL Vacuum Cleaners" because it's obviously not made to attach their round adapters to the rectangular Bissell. You get eight bucks worth of cheap too, the plastic has that strong smell that goes away over time.

    Remember the movie Apollo 13, where they had to fit the round filter into the square slot? (or vice-versa) That's what you do here. I cut a square of corrugated cardboard and with some eyeball measurements and an x-acto I bent it into a box shape that fit the rectangular opening of the vacuum.

    After that I cut a circular hole in the face of the box that was a tight fit for the hose, and stuffed the hose through. Next came several strips of blue painters masking tape (don't want to make it too permanent) to block any air leaks and to hold the whole cardboard box/hose assembly in place.

    Works like a champ.

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    I bought a Black & Decker Dustbuster Flexi last year, although a bit pricey I have no regrets spending a bit more money, works like a charm and is very easy to clean . That easy cleaning part is important to me because I can reuse almost all static grass, groundcover etc.



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    This what I am going to get for my shop vac http://www.lowes.com/pd/Shop-Vac-Mic...ng-Kit/1084993
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    I have that kit and it is great for cleaning small areas without disturbing scenery.

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    I have a small lithium-battery dust buster. Works great, you don't have to worry about knocking over your scenery with a hose. Only thing I don't like is it has a stupidly designed stand, like it is some kind of statue that you want to show off on a pedestal - you can't put it out of the way somewhere. And IMO lithium is worth it over the NiCad.prod_1968144912.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    I have a small lithium-battery dust buster. Works great, you don't have to worry about knocking over your scenery with a hose. Only thing I don't like is it has a stupidly designed stand, like it is some kind of statue that you want to show off on a pedestal - you can't put it out of the way somewhere. And IMO lithium is worth it over the NiCad.prod_1968144912.jpg
    I actually love the flexibility of the hose , and getting in and under places where the normal dustbuster won't fit. I agree on the Lithium, anything I can buy with a lithium battery , I will choose for lithium.
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    I use a full size Shark Rotator Lift Away and just dial the suction down to it's lowest setting.

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    I found a 1 gal. Shop Vac (brand) Micro at my local hardware store for $20. Works great and it is wet/dry so I can pick up spills also.

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