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Sweeper head we took the head apart to clean dust and now it wont work .when you pull the trigger the red light comes on. help please.

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First - press the circuit breaker button.
If no luck:
1. Make sure you have connected it properly (see diagram here)
2. If you connected it right - try bypassing circuit breaker.
3. Still does not work - make sure the connectors are reconnected properly.

This should take care of the problem.

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