Ahh, the smell of burnt rubber in the air

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I've never been one of those people who believe that "things come in threes," you know, three bad things happen close together? This time, however, I'm hoping three is the end.

The day after I fell and broke my ankle (mind you, I didn't know it was broken yet and I was hobbling around in pain) the hallway in our house was so dirty that I just couldn't stand it anymore, so I pulled out the vacuum to ease my mind. When I turned it on I realized that the belt was broken. I had purchased the vacuum over a year earlier and never had to replace the belt before, but I pulled out the manual and got the part number and the next night when Frugaldad was going out anyway, I had him pick up a replacement belt.

Fast forward a month. I was vacuuming the front room and a loose thread from the curtains caught in the beater brush and I turned off the vacuum quickly and I think I saved the belt. But a couple days later I was vacuuming the entry and a shoelace got caught in the brush. Later that day when I turned on the vacuum, black smoke started coming out of the cracks and the whole house smelled of burnt rubber. I dropped everything, and went to the store and bought two replacement belts.

And this morning, four days later, the 7-year-old volunteered to vacuum her room and a backpack strap got caught in the brush and burnt up the belt and black smoke came out. I'm glad I had an extra belt on hand, but give me a break! THREE belts in five weeks! I am typically really careful about having the floors clear when I vacuum, and from now on I'm going to be religious about it.