Duct Tape Vaccuum Belt




Introduction: Duct Tape Vaccuum Belt

Have you ever broken a belt on your vaccuum and didn't have a chance to buy a new one? You can make your own out of duct tape for a TEMPORARY fix. 
Things needed:
Duct tape
Broken belt
Screwdriver (Depending on vaccuum)
5 minutes

This belt is for TEMPORARY USE ONLY, you might damage your vaccuum if you overuse this belt. I am NOT responsible if you damage to your vaccuum,self or property. 

Step 1: Accessing the Belt

Take off the cover or part which allows access to the belt.

Step 2: Making the Belt

Once you have removed the belt take some duct tape and match the belt length and the duct tape length, then add an extra inch. Fold the duct tape to match the width of the belt.

Step 3: Installing the Belt

Once you have made the belt wrap it through the brush's pulley.
Next put the belt around the motor's shaft.
Finally tape the belt together, make sure it is tight enough for the motor and brush to spin.

Step 4: Finished

Re-Assemble your vaccuum and use it.
You may want to test it before re-assembling your vaccuum to see if the belt is tight enough.

I was able to clean the carpet very well until I accidentally vaccuumed up a sock, which stopped the brush and caused the duct tape belt to break, but the vaccuum is fine.

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    6 years ago

    I made this and it worked great for about 3 minutes then melted through (my vacuum heats up the belt a lot). I decided to remake the belt out of a strip of leather, which is much more heat resistant. This worked really well and might be a semi-permanent fix.

    To make the leather vacuum belt I cut a leather strip 2 inches longer than the original belt. I tapered each end 1 inch so that I could lap the ends past each other. I then duct taped the ends together.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I have to wonder if a flexible, braided flat wire could be attached to the back of the belt somehow - have to work on this.

    The safety factor of not burning out the motor would still be there b/c if things failed, the teeth on the inside of the belt would rib out.


    12 years ago on Introduction

     Well, there's an old fix for a busted auto radiator fan belt which uses stretch pantyhose.  I think I'd try that before duct tape.  Not to mention that it would be fun to ask a woman if she has an old pair she could spare.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I wouldn't have thought it possible. Update when it breaks so we know how long it lasted.
    One of the more original & useful tape projects I've ever seen - impressive.