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Kirby generation III

Hose end is broken...replacement is available.  This is the part that attaches to the machine.  What method do you use to detach and reattach this part.

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Inside the machine end of the hose is a round rubber ring that holds the hose into the hose end. Take a flathead screwdriver and push the edge of the rubber ring towards the center and downward. MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T STAB YOURSELF IN THE PALM WITH THE SCREWDRIVER! lol

It should come out with some hard pushing. Now, just push the edge of the ring inwards again and hold it in place with your other hand. Put it up inside the new hose end and then use the screwdriver to smash the edge back out again to hold it in the new hose end. Hope this helps. If you need any more help, I have a shop on a POPULAR auction site under the exact same ID as I am using here. Feel free to contact me with any Kirby question.

Marci (b0sslady2001)

Posted on Oct 16, 2007

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Hi There,

Here's a step by step guide explaining what you have to do to change your Kirby from a vacuum into a blower:

Step 1. Make Sure That Your Kirby is Unplugged from the wall. Remove the front nozzle of the machine by lifting the housing that contains the headlight upwards. Now rotate the belt lifter from the green "Belt On" setting to the red "Belt Off" position:

Step 2. With the belt lifter turned to the red "Belt Off" setting, Turn the knob at the top of the bell shaped agitator housing to release the brush housing from the vacuum:

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I really hope that the above instructions were helpful to you in converting your Kirby into a blower. If you have a question on any of the steps, please feel free to use the comment field to ask them, I'm always more then happy to answer any follow up questions you may have.

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