Roomba!

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    Feb 18, 2014 6:05 AM GMT
    TLDR summary --> Roomba! Cool. icon_cool.gif Waddaya think?

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    For years, I have been looking wistfully at those ads for robotic housekeeping devices. But the prices are just too outrageous, and there are lots of negative reviews on-line.

    Last week, in kind of a fugue state, I impulse-purchased a Roomba model 595 at Costco. It was about a third of the price of the 900-series models you see on-line, that are recommended for a house like mine.

    Confession time: My house is really too big, and to cover the mortgage, workout, and still eat before passing out, I am really usually too busy. It takes hours to sweep up. I just don't have time. I only clean when I'm procrastinating over something. Sometimes I'll step over disgusting filth for days because if I start cleaning, I'll loose a week of work. I've had cleaning ladies. I've had houseboys. They just bring complications and more budget problems. (My last cleaning lady quit to start her own business. Maybe she'll hire me icon_redface.gif) I have two dogs, three cats, live on a farm in a sea of mud and dirt. Heat with wood = ash, bark, lichen debris. It's a disaster.

    (BTW, I can't figure out how cats got a reputation for being "clean" animals. Their eating area is a disaster. The litter box area, unmentionable. And they puke on everything. Luckily, if you ignore it long enough, with dogs around, it somehow gets cleaned up. Ew.)

    ANYWAY. So far, the darned thing actually works icon_razz.gif Its brushes scrub the floors better than I do with a broom. I turned it loose without any pre-cleaning. (Except picking clothes and shit up off the floor.) Things look great!

    The down-side. This model seems to be able to handle about 500 square feet at a time. For a larger area than that, it gets lost, can't find it's way back to the base station, and misses half the room. So one has to pen it in with the infrared "virtual wall" gadgets and manually move it to new locations. (The $800 model can do multiple rooms, but still only one floor.) Sometimes it goes under the dining room chairs and takes five minutes to find its way back out. There are two places in the house where it absolutely gets stuck (I can fix that) and it unerringly makes a bee-line straight to those spots. It's easy to get mesmerized watching the damned thing, which defeats the whole purpose icon_rolleyes.gif

    It doesn't care if I'm naked or there are sex toys in the bathroom. It doesn't require tax withholding or workman's comp. It doesn't drink all the booze. It doesn't borrow the car for two hours and come back two weeks later.

    I find myself thinking about ordering up the top-of-the-line model, which could do all this without any intervention on my part, except emptying the bin. And they have another one that mops... Now, we need one that dusts. And another that does windows. And one that gives massage...
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    Feb 18, 2014 6:41 AM GMT

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    Feb 18, 2014 6:44 AM GMT
    Yeah, my cats are way too old for that. They just vanish. Then when it shuts off, they all casually stroll into the room icon_rolleyes.gif

    Also, the peacocks stare at it through the windows.

    Also, that is a very clean floor to start with. If it were a dirty floor, the thing would do a lot more spiral maneuvers, and rock&roll stuff along the walls. Only special cats are into that.
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    Feb 18, 2014 7:10 AM GMT
    You better hope none of your cats ever pukes or craps on the floor. The Roomba will just spread that mess all over. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 18, 2014 5:50 PM GMT
    Buy some low-wattage light bulbs = end of problem.
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    Feb 18, 2014 10:53 PM GMT
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    That cat's booooring. I like this one better......
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    Feb 19, 2014 6:36 AM GMT
    I've been putting it through some fairly grueling - if not destructive - testing. Even cleaning the thing five times takes less time than cleaning one zone in this place. Though I expect that as the ancient animal-hair infused dust bunnies disappear, the daily maintenance will decrease. We shall see. If it lasts a year, it's still cheaper than paying someone to do it.

    So far, the cats just stare at it, then run away. However, the peacocks line up at the windows and follow its every move. They seem fascinated.
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    Feb 19, 2014 9:08 AM GMT
    Aren't those birds really loud? I remember someone had them who lived up the hill behind my aunt.