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While at a friend's house I noticed that my kids loved playing with a toy vacuum cleaner, they even fought over it to see who could play with it. Naturally I wanted to harness this interest so that I could spend more time relaxing and have my kids spend more time working. Its never too early to train your kids to do all the house work.

Thus I set out on my quest to make a vacuum cleaner small enough that they could push it around the house with little effort. The problem with most vacuum cleaners is that there is either electrical lines in the top of the handle or the handle itself is a thick piece of plastic. Then I found a cheap Bissell 3 in 1 vacuum cleaner. Its basically a hand held vacuum with a metal pole attachment, and it was only $18 at Walmart. The pole is key to allow for shortening the vacuum cleaner. The only down side is that it doesn't provide much suction as an upright vac. But good enough for the kids to suck up their mess. I can always come by later with a stronger vacuum for a more thorough cleaning.
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Step 1: Vacuum and Tools

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So you will need a vacuum and a few tools to complete this project.

Vacuum: Bissell 3 in 1 vacuum. $18 from Walmart

Power drill
5/16th drill bit
Philips screw driver

Step 2: Take off the handle

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So I marked right below the handle on the pole in order to measure how long the pole should be when I shorten it. The pole extends 2 7/8" into the handle. Remove the handle with a Philips screw driver.

Notice the hole in the pole goes all the way through the handle. You will need to replicate this in the pole after cutting it. There is also a notch in the pole that will need to be cut out as well.

Ambrielle4 months ago
I did this today. It turned out great! Thank you!
cofee team4 years ago
ElvenChild4 years ago
the picture in step 4 looks like a gun
I haven't read the whole thing yet, but already find the idea more than awesome. My little one loves to help anyways,so this would be just the right thing. Unfortunately, we don't have any carpet at home. But maybe I'll try with a shortened mop ;-)