Step 2: Take the end of the hose assembly apart

This step is the most challenging, and based on others' experiences, the tabs are prone to breaking before coming off.  Others have overcome this using different techniques.  I've included some tips from the comments, but read through them below to get additional thoughts.

We need to disassemble the hose end first, to cut out the bad part of the hose.

Before you gather your tools, put some water on to boil, to help make this step easier.

First, submerge the hose end in hot water, up to and including the tabs, to soften the plastic and make everything a bit more flexible and workable.  Take a quick break, and let the hose soak for about 5-10 minutes.

Now, start by releasing the two black tabs on each side to release the hose.   Hold the hose end with the lock button on top and squeeze the sides to relieve pressure on the two black tabs.  Using the screw driver, push hard in on the first black tab, then rotate the screwdriver handle towards the open end of the hose, prying the tab out of the hole, until it clicks.  Turn the hose end over and repeat for the other side.  When the 2nd tab clicks out, the hose will easily release from the hose end.

Be very careful with the gray plastic business end.  There are two small springs that are used for putting tension on the yellow lock button.  With the hose separated, these springs are lose and can easily come out if you're not careful.  They are easy to put back in place if they do come out, but they're small and could easily be lost if you don't keep a close eye on them.

I could not budge the tabs and the screwdriver just damaged them. I decided on immersion in boiling water for 10 minutes before I broke them. And I succeeded with Step 1. So boil a kettle. In a heavy pan on a wide heat-resistant shelf pour in 3+ inches of boiling water and immerse the hose end. Ensure the whole thing is stable to avoid accident, and ensure the hose doesn't twist itself and flick scalding water. After 10 minutes take it out. Then with the screwdriver (avoid those with interchangeable heads, and select a smaller head rather than larger). Press on the part of the tab that is furthest from the hose. Once that end is below the plastic end the screwdriver is eased into the hole and the locking part of the tab follows. The opposite tab will just pop out as the hose is withdrawn. Dispose of the hot water safely. Keep children and pets away. <br>
I was following these instructions but for a DC04. The tabs on the DC04 are the same colour as the body of the cuff (purple in my case). Also, to release the cuff, you also have to press in the suction decrease button at the same time as pushing in the tab on the same side as this button. (I'm taking about the cicrcular suction reduction button here, not the semi-circular wand release button further down the cuff.) Its easiest to first press in the tab on the other side and work this tab slightly up the cuff towards the hose end. Then go back to the tab on the button side. Press the button and tab at same time before working tab, again, towards the hose end. The button is on the component that slides out of cuff with the hose. Hope that helps DC04 folks!
Thanks for the advice. I've modified two steps. <br> <br>Step 2 - to get the grey end off the hose/black plastic piece, just insert your flat-bladewd screwdriver parallel to the hose between the hose and the grey end. Then a gentle push towards the centre will release the black tab easily. Same the other side. <br> <br>In Step 6, I've soaked the plastic end in the sticker removing liquid that you can buy (e.g. made by HG at &Acirc;&pound;3.50 per bottle). This has made it easier to remove the glue without damaging the plastic end or myself too much. Be sure to wash it thoroughly after this before trying to use the superglue. <br> <br>Once again- thanks.
Thanks a bunch! This gave me the confidence to fix something that looked fixable. Like a previous commenter I was unable to pop the tabs in on the grey assembly. I tried to squeeze it in a table vise, but ended up submerging the whole business in boiling water for 5 minutes, squeezing it some more with no luck. Once it was hot though I was able to pry up the outside plastic from the bottom... sort of destroyed the tabs and their slots so once the glue dries I may be using some duct tape around the outside. Maybe the hot water trick from the start would have solved my problems.... I think in the end it will be fine. I included some pictures of what over worked tab slots look like <br>
<p>Thank you very much. Worked well!</p>
<p>Whoa! What a superb &quot;instructable&quot;! Brilliant text guidance and clear pics made this job a piece of cake! Thanks hugely to bluesky, and thanks to others who added suggestions on getting those dratted tabs released! As it happens, dunking in hot water (as per bluesky's advice) allowed easy release of the tabs! </p><p>Please pay attention to his/her advice re. the two little springs that control the catch mechanism: I didn't, one sprang out and bizarrely I found it eventually right ontop of one of the kitchen wall cupboards (after I'd searched every inch of the floor and kitchen work surfaces!!).</p><p>I took the suggestion and shortened the hose, and now it is much easier to pull out - very good tip!</p><p>What can I say: saved myself a good few &pound;&pound;&pound;, didn't have to wait for a replacement hose to arrive, and had the satisfaction of a job well done. Many, many thanks to blueky, and Instructables of course!</p>
<p>Thanks for the great instructions. You saved me cost of new vac. I was done in under an hour. </p>
<p>Thanks for the great instructions. I did this in about 5 minutes using super glue. Once I got the hose on the black piece I ran a bead of super glue around the edge and let it dry completely (about 2 minutes).</p>
<p>Thank you for this - very clear, very helpful, enabled me to get the job done without wrecking the machine!! Very grateful!</p>
<p>First off. Thank you. This has been very helpful and has made things quicker and easier.</p><p>Note 1,Another Option: Before this I tried the duct tape route, which really isn't worth the trouble but..., if you're feeling lazy I think the wide thin white pipe fitters tape would work nicely. I think you can get it a couple inches wide. It's water tight so we can only assume it's &quot;air&quot; tight. It's extremely thin and durable. You can start the wind by winding it over itself. When you pull it tight it binds to itself.</p><p>Duct tape prevents you from storing the brush extension pipe inside the hose. Some of the sticky part of the tape always seems to get through the tear in the hose.</p><p>Note 2 Black Tabs on inside Black Coupling: I put a flat head screwdriver bit in a vice gripe then aligned one tab to it and pushed down on the other tab with another screw driver and it popped right out. I don't have a dedicated vice grip but I do have a B&amp;D Workmate. An extra set of hands would probably do the trick.</p><p>Note 3 Attaching the hose to the Inside Black Coupling: I realized, after I cleaned it out that it's a screw.. If I aligned the hose wire to the bottom groove of the coupling, I could slowly twist it on and pressure would hold it in place, since the hose is smaller in diameter than the plastic black coupling. I wouldn't trim the hose plastic too close to the wire. </p><p>I just thought these suggestions might help.</p><p>Thank you again,</p><p>james-</p>
<p>This is a very helpful tutorial, but whilst the preheating with boiling water in step 2 is a good idea, my attempt to separate the parts using this method was unsuccessful so I devised an alternative approach that worked better for me. In case others might be interested, my method of completing step 2 is as follows...</p><p>Use a vice to gently squeeze the plastic end piece into a slightly elliptical shape so that the vertical major axis of the ellipse provides more room for the tabs to move in. (The vice allows fine control of the amount of force used so, with care, there should be no risk of breakage.)</p><p>With one of the small black tabs now on top, align the flat bladed screwdriver with a slight lean along the direction of desired movement and give a gentle but sharp tap on the screwdriver with a small hammer. I found that this was enough to easily separate the parts.</p><p>I then followed the rest of the original tutorial.</p><p>I hope that helps.</p>
<p>Just wanted to give a HUGE THANK YOU for this accurate, easy to follow instructable. The cost of a Dyson is extreme (but worth it). Temporary fix with duct tape was just that..&quot;temporary.&quot; Going to follow your easy doable advice right now. Thanks again!!</p>
<p>I see that this has been up for a few years. I googled &quot;how to fix vacuum hose&quot; and this was the top hit and amazingly enough, it was for the type of vacuum I was trying to fix. I read through your instructions less than a hour ago, gathered a few tools, repaired the hose and am now extremely grateful for your time and effort in posting these instructions and pictures. It was a snap because of your effort. Thank you!</p>
Awesome! And thank you!<br><br>I'm happy to hear this worked so well.
This was excellent. Our DC07 Animal has had a faulty hose for a long time, taped up with Duct tape till it finally went. I've managed to get it 99% fixed, although getting the black connector out took a lot more than some of the 15 minutes successes noted here. The only problem I've had was re-fitting the hose to the connector. I can't get a complete metal ring round it. Is there a proper way of doing this that, in my general DIY ignorance, I've not managed to pick up on???
Great tutorial !! I hate to throw stuff away (and PAY for replacement) when it can still serve its purpose. The boiling did not work for me. Tried it twice. The boiling left with a little crack in the gray connector portion from the black button to the yellow button. <br>Here's what did work. I used an exacto knife that I heated via stove flame to carefully cut some of the black button out, from the lower portion of the black button - the portion closest to the hose. This work like a gem. I think those black buttons are just too big, too tight in the whole and perhaps shaped adversely, to be pushed through enough to release.
Thank you so much! Great tutorial. Definitely had to soak in boiling water to release hose. Can't wait to try it out after filter dries!
Thanks for the very clear directions! i knew there was a way to fix it, but would have probably done more harm than good without your instruction. Thank you very much.
Did this in about 15 minutes with no detectable damage to the tabs. I had to slightly work the plastic to get the tabs to disengage, but it worked overall. Saved the cost of a replacement hose, and got a nice smile from the wife. Always a good thing.
This was my first attempt at an instructables repair and it worked a treat - the instructions were clear and easy to follow - thanks for taking the time to post them, it saved me from having to buy a whole new hose. <br> <br>I also damaged the black tabs removing the hose from the grey assembly, but I used a bit of sugru to remould them and they seem to be holding up nicely. <br> <br>
Thanks. <br> <br>I'd love to see an instructable on how you replaced with sugru, since so it seems like everyone is having trouble with this step. How long did it take you? <br> <br>I feel like there must be some trick to it, but glad to see you were able to replace it.
I temporarily taped the hose to the attachment, then I just moulded some replacements tabs out of the sugru, which bonds to the original plastic underneath - I made them slightly proud to make sure they'll hold (as in the first two pics attached). It took very little time (less than 5 minutes).<br> <br> If I need to repair the hose again the sugru can be cut away to release the hose and new tabs re-moulded.<br> <br> I used the rest of the sugru to make a pad on the dyson's handle where I used to find the handle cut into my fingers when I was vacuuming. (pic 3)
&quot;Using the screw driver, push in on the first black tab until in clicks out of the hose end&quot; - the tabs won't move a bit. i'm using a bit of force but the tabs form gets ruined a bit by the screw driver.
Thanks for the info. I completed the task in about 15 minutes. Small amount of blood in attempting to remove the old glue but otherwise OK.
Tried to no end to get past step 1 without any success whatsoever. After 30 minutes of trying to get those tabs to pop ended up black taping the hose.<br><br>Cannot believe what garbage these Dyson vacuums are. Absolute junk.<br><br>I highly recommend anyone who is in the market to steer clear of these overpriced pieces of junk.
thanks...worked great! I used epoxy instead of super glue -- the super glue dried too quickly before I could get the hose fully on.
I make a point of always buying pre-owned dyson's. I do this as they have a great servicing scheme where you can get a full service plus any replacement parts (even motor) included which costs &pound;69. I got my current Animal free so the service seems like a small price to pay. Until I get the service, I will follow this guide for the hose though.
I'd have taken it to the dyson retirement home, aka the dump, cos that's where all dysons belong... :)<br />
They're not good machines, far too much design over basic functionality. Nice instruction.<br /> <br /> L<br />
Thanks for going to the trouble and taking pictures.&nbsp; I'll bet this fix will save me serious money in the near future.&nbsp; I would not have thought it could be fixed, so thanks.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> It would be nice if your pictures were more focused, but they do get the point across.&nbsp; <br />

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