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Old 03-20-2006, 11:13 AM   #41
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Edges are big problems. My roomba 'bumps' them and sometimes (depending on the height) bounces off and sometimes 'rides up' on it. I have a 3x5 entry rug at the back door thats got big dimples in it. The roomba invariably bogs down on this and goes forward and backward, turning and wobbling, trying to 'free' itself. I have to put that rug outside to roomba. Any rug with a tassel, the roomba will eat the tassel, stop, and beep at you until you free it. You have to tuck your tassels underneath the rug and even then the roomba will occasionally pull one back out and choke on it.

When we've gotten rid of our rugs and we're all hard floors, it'll probably be more useful to me. With carpet and/or throw rugs, theres so much prep to do in advance so the roombas effective, its just as easy to yank out my self-propelled vacuum (a very good thing) and push that around the floor for a few minutes.
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Re: Things purchased that were truly useful
Old 03-20-2006, 12:07 PM   #42
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No Roomba here......but sounds like a nice toy. Maybe someday when we get some fur bearing mochers again.

Most useful stuff I have bought?

-snow blower.....try hand shoveling a three car side entry driveway covered with 12 inches of wet snow.

-laser level....greatest thing since the invention of the hammer for hanging a series of pictures on the same wall. Also great for hanging wallpaper.

-compound miter saw....try that with your miter box and hand saw.

-bread maker...I love fresh bread and I like to make my own...this gadget makes a small enough loaf to eat before it molds and I can tinker with the ingredients to my personal whim.

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Old 03-20-2006, 12:40 PM   #43
 
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Good topic.

1. Walky-talkies for when DW and I are at a big store, etc.

2. Tacoma truck: free firewood!

3. Cheap laptop to let me waste time in living room.

4. DVR

5. Bread machine (get them for $10 at garage sales)

6. Special axe for splitting firewood

7. Refrigerator -- we use this every day!
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Tivo. One of those little 'bag sealers' (to hell with how good the 'vacuum' is, I've never used it) to seal cereal, chip, cracker, salad and frozen food bags...nothing ever goes stale. 18v rechargeable power tools...only takes 5 seconds to whip out a drill or recprocating saw and 'fix' something. Good heavy bottom pans that give a good sear and good cooking characteristics without burning or overheating.

Baby says the baby wipe warmer.

Dogs say chicken jerky.
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Since my last report mine died.* I got another one on a stupid cheap sale (roomba red for about $50).
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-snow blower.....try hand shoveling a three car side entry driveway covered with 12 inches of wet snow.
Can you imagine the ensuing chaos if Roombas came with snowblower attachments?
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Can you imagine the ensuing chaos if Roombas came with snowblower attachments?
It's bad enough now with dh cranking the dang thing in the wrong direction and spewing snow all over the side of the house. I always pray there's no rocks hidden in it.
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Swell. I would have no feasible use for a roomba snowblower, but now I want one.
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Well, this is one of my extravgances but it has been very enjoyable. I bought this Lexus G300 5 years ago Brand New and it has been flawless and a pleaure to drive. I still love this car and will probably buy another GS in a couple years to get the latest gadgets. *If you ever see a car with Minnesota Plates that say 'TROUT' you are behind me!


Hey CT... Nice looking ride!!! I just could not get myself to spend that much on a Lexus.... so I bought an Acrua TL with 6 speed and performance tires... very nice ride... now two years old and only oil change and tire rotations, but it is my weekend car... think I will have it another 15 years or so....
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