Having Lots Of Fun With The New Roomba

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    Oct 08, 2015 2:52 PM GMT
    Got it running for the first time this morning, and what a surprise! I checked its dust bin and there was a ton of crap in there. Yet the floors hadn't looked particularly dirty, but I had suspected they were, between the weekly cleanings we have done from a professional, with a complete wet mopping of the tiles. That was my motivation in getting this thing, and apparently I was justified.

    I don't know how we manage to trash the floors the other 6 days, but apparently we do. We never wear street shoes in the house, always indoors-only sandals and flip-flops. It puzzles me where all this dirt originates.

    BTW, I can start and control this Roomba with an iPhone app, from any location. Even across the country if I really wanted. And it reports back its cleaning progress and any problems. Or can be programmed to clean on a schedule. Seems to perform as advertised.

    No complaints yet, except it does make a high-frequency fan noise while running. Why it may be best to operate it when we're not here. And we don't want to be dodging this thing as it scoots across the floors, anyway, and interrupting its cleaning patterns.
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    Oct 08, 2015 10:45 PM GMT
    I let it operate unattended today while we were out. About an hour later I got a notice on my iPhone that the left wheel had jammed during cleaning. I had an opportunity to swing by our condo anyway, so I went in to check.

    Stupid me, one of us had left a towel on the floor in the master bath. It got jammed in the Roomba's wheel. The vacuum shut down, so no damage done. What impressed me was that its sensors could report to my iPhone miles away that it was the left wheel specifically. This thing is very sophisticated.

    I cleared the towel from the wheel, and looked for anything similar on the other floors. This is all new to me, so I'm learning. I switched it back on and left.

    It continued to give real-time iPhone status reports, eventually saying it was done cleaning. And had automatically returned to its home dock and was recharging.

    Please forgive me if I find this all goddam amazing. If this thing proves reliable over time I would recommend it for smaller apartments, co-ops and condos. And especially for guys like us, including singles, for whom cleaning tasks may be a challenge for one reason or another.
  • MarvinMartian

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    Oct 09, 2015 12:16 AM GMT
    Gee, more vacuum cleaner threads.
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    Oct 09, 2015 12:40 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI let it operate unattended today while we were out. About an hour later I got a notice on my iPhone that the left wheel had jammed during cleaning. I had an opportunity to swing by our condo anyway, so I went in to check.

    Stupid me, one of us had left a towel on the floor in the master bath. It got jammed in the Roomba's wheel. The vacuum shut down, so no damage done. What impressed me was that its sensors could report to my iPhone miles away that it was the left wheel specifically. This thing is very sophisticated.

    I cleared the towel from the wheel, and looked for anything similar on the other floors. This is all new to me, so I'm learning. I switched it back on and left.

    It continued to give real-time iPhone status reports, eventually saying it was done cleaning. And had automatically returned to its home dock and was recharging.

    Please forgive me if I find this all goddam amazing. If this thing proves reliable over time I would recommend it for smaller apartments, co-ops and condos. And especially for guys like us, including singles, for whom cleaning tasks may be a challenge for one reason or another.



    They don't look like they would do much but the Rhomba will
    always come back to the dock with dirt in its drawer even if the place supposedly clean.
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    Oct 09, 2015 1:01 AM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    They don't look like they would do much but the Rhomba will
    always come back to the dock with dirt in its drawer even if the place supposedly clean.

    It's a Roomba, not a Rhomba. Yes, the Roomba returns to its dock when finished. And you need to clean its dust bin, like any vacuum.

    The owner's manual says to clean it every few uses, but I've been checking it every time out of curiosity, to see what it's picking up. Which contains more dirt than I expected.

    Oh, if the dust bin gets full, I also get a message on my iPhone, and an alert signal on the unit itself. I've made a programming choice that the Roomba will stop in place, and not run again until I empty it. It remembers where it left off, and will resume cleaning from there.
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    Oct 09, 2015 1:02 AM GMT
    I know what I will ask Santa Claus for now..
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    Oct 09, 2015 1:05 AM GMT
    rnch saidI know what I will ask Santa Claus for now..

    You've mostly got hardwood floors, right? That's ideal for a Roomba. Only issue is multiple levels. We've just got a single-floor condo.
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    Oct 09, 2015 2:39 AM GMT
    This is the most interesting thing about a Roomba. Unfortunately, my cats hide when I run it. I see a Halloween costume in their future...

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    Oct 09, 2015 3:12 AM GMT
    JackBoneTX saidThis is the most interesting thing about a Roomba. Unfortunately, my cats hide when I run it. I see a Halloween costume in their future...


    That was fun. We don't have any pets to ride ours. And our latest 980 model tries to go in a series of straight lines. Though I do see it kinda searching around in confined spaces. Fascinating to watch its technology trying to sort out the various rooms it's navigating.

    You gotta realize I was brought up with vacuums made in the 1930s & 40s, embellished with Art Deco industrial design elements. That you plugged in with a cord and there was one control: on or off. And you muscled it around the floor yourself. This sophisticated robot stuff is totally "Jetsons" to me.
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    Oct 09, 2015 12:35 PM GMT
    With 2 cats and a parrot I couldn't live without one icon_biggrin.gif
    Gets put on every day!
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    Oct 09, 2015 3:42 PM GMT
    S60turbo saidWith 2 cats and a parrot I couldn't live without one icon_biggrin.gif
    Gets put on every day!


    I know how that works; I have two African Grey parrots and one cat.

    After 25 years of living with very dusty birds, daily operation of my Roomba and selective vacuuming with my manual machine has eliminated the fine powdery parrot dust that used to drift everywhere.
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    Oct 09, 2015 3:45 PM GMT
    snotty grandpa thread
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    Oct 09, 2015 4:08 PM GMT
    bonaparts saidsnotty grandpa thread


    If you don't like it, feel free to GTFO!!!
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    Oct 10, 2015 12:25 AM GMT


    Happened to me once. Had to throw the Roomba away. Wanted to throw the dog away too.
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    Oct 10, 2015 12:36 AM GMT
    monet saidHappened to me once. Had to throw the Roomba away. Wanted to throw the dog away too.


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    Oct 10, 2015 1:57 AM GMT
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    monet saidHappened to me once. Had to throw the Roomba away. Wanted to throw the dog away too.

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    Fortunately regarding that potential disaster we have no pets. But if we did I'm not sure we'd want to let the Roomba run around with a pet home alone, that might be frightened by it.

    I've had pets that were frightened by conventional vacuums that I was operating myself. It may be partly due to high frequency noise from the motor & fan that they hear more acutely than humans do. And this Roomba 980 does make a racket, at least in close vicinity to it.
  • Import

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    Oct 11, 2015 12:11 AM GMT
    I couldn't think of anything more irritating than getting a notification on my iPhone...telling me my Roomba is stuck.... like, I have bigger fish to fry than worrying about my roomba. Art, how do u deal?

    Between the constant txts, emails, push notifications, and grindr/scruff/manhunt msgs, I can barely keep up as it is!

    I would throw a fucking seven if my roomba was not doing it's job whilst I was out and about. The stress alone would kill me. I couldn't....
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    Oct 11, 2015 1:29 AM GMT
    You should mount a GoPro on it. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 11, 2015 3:08 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Alpha13 said
    They don't look like they would do much but the Rhomba will
    always come back to the dock with dirt in its drawer even if the place supposedly clean.

    It's a Roomba, not a Rhomba. Yes, the Roomba returns to its dock when finished. And you need to clean its dust bin, like any vacuum.

    The owner's manual says to clean it every few uses, but I've been checking it every time out of curiosity, to see what it's picking up. Which contains more dirt than I expected.

    Oh, if the dust bin gets full, I also get a message on my iPhone, and an alert signal on the unit itself. I've made a programming choice that the Roomba will stop in place, and not run again until I empty it. It remembers where it left off, and will resume cleaning from there.



    The filter has very little surface area so I have always emptied the filter with every use. That is how I know it always finds dirt. I'm on my 3rd r o o m b a .( spell check hell) going back to 2002. I had a s c o o b a as well. I'm curious if your rotating brushes are rubber or bristles?
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    Oct 28, 2015 11:26 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    The filter has very little surface area so I have always emptied the filter with every use. That is how I know it always finds dirt. I'm on my 3rd r o o m b a .( spell check hell) going back to 2002. I had a s c o o b a as well. I'm curious if your rotating brushes are rubber or bristles?

    The 980 model has the rubber "extractors" rather than brushes. And yeah, the filter always needs cleaning. I've put an old fingernail brush in one of the bathrooms to clean it, since I've been using the toilet to empty the dust bin, too. Keeps the dust down that way and I just flush away the dirt.

    I'm still surprised how much dirt it finds, even with our weekly cleaning lady wiping down our mostly tile floors. But that was its purpose, so it's doing the job I intended.

    I've got it running right now, while the Man is attending a condo board meeting (he's the VP this year). Should be done before he's back. I just heard it thumping against this office door. Which I keep closed, lest it blow a fuse trying to clean in here. Even **I** have a challenge cleaning in this chaos. icon_redface.gif

    I'm still happy with it, performs as advertised and as I wanted. And while Import says an iPhone notification of its status would irritate him, I'm happy to know how it's doing. Even if now it's just in the other rooms. With the office door closed I can't even hear it.

    All in all, so far I'm a satisfied customer. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 28, 2015 11:28 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Alpha13 said
    The filter has very little surface area so I have always emptied the filter with every use. That is how I know it always finds dirt. I'm on my 3rd r o o m b a .( spell check hell) going back to 2002. I had a s c o o b a as well. I'm curious if your rotating brushes are rubber or bristles?

    The 980 model has the rubber "extractors" rather than brushes. And yeah, the filter always needs cleaning. I've put an old fingernail brush in one of the bathrooms to clean it, since I've been using the toilet to empty the dust bin, too. Keeps the dust down that way and I just flush it.

    I'm still surprised how much dirt it finds, even with our weekly cleaning lady wiping down our mostly tile floors. But that was its purpose, so it's doing the job I intended.

    Sounds like u need to fire that dumb bitch, cuz she ain't doing her fucking job.
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    Oct 28, 2015 11:41 PM GMT
    Import said
    Art_Deco said
    Alpha13 said
    The filter has very little surface area so I have always emptied the filter with every use. That is how I know it always finds dirt. I'm on my 3rd r o o m b a .( spell check hell) going back to 2002. I had a s c o o b a as well. I'm curious if your rotating brushes are rubber or bristles?

    The 980 model has the rubber "extractors" rather than brushes. And yeah, the filter always needs cleaning. I've put an old fingernail brush in one of the bathrooms to clean it, since I've been using the toilet to empty the dust bin, too. Keeps the dust down that way and I just flush it.

    I'm still surprised how much dirt it finds, even with our weekly cleaning lady wiping down our mostly tile floors. But that was its purpose, so it's doing the job I intended.

    Sounds like u need to fire that dumb bitch, cuz she ain't doing her fucking job.

    LOL! No, in reality this place is spotless when she finishes. What happens is the time between her Friday visits. After all, the place DOES get dirty during the week. If it never did we wouldn't need her at all. I've seen what she vacuums and sweeps up.

    And it comes from the 2 of us, constantly building up. Stuff we track in from outside, and from our kitchen and our outside patio. And a lot of it is just linty stuff, I guess from textiles of all sorts.

    But it could be visible on our beige ceramic tiles. Annoying for me to see it, and embarrassing when we have friends drop in unexpectedly mid-week. Now the tiles look like she just cleaned them, aside from any liquid spills. And those I can hand-spot myself.
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    Oct 29, 2015 12:17 AM GMT
    I've noticed that mine are really starting to fill up with cat hair the last couple of weeks, though you can't really see it on the floor before hand. Must be that time of year.

    Also the texture of the bin contents is distinctly different downstairs from upstairs. More spider webs downstairs, I think.
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    Oct 29, 2015 12:27 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidI've noticed that mine are really starting to fill up with cat hair the last couple of weeks, though you can't really see it on the floor before hand. Must be that time of year.

    Also the texture of the bin contents is distinctly different downstairs from upstairs. More spider webs downstairs, I think.

    Spider webs??? What's downstairs? The dungeon? LOL!

    BTW, having gotten one of these, and seeing how they operate, and the small size of the dust collection bin, I'm not sure how well they could do with heavily shedding pets. Their claims to the contrary.

    We have no pets, and hard floors, just a few accent rugs, and it works beautifully. To borrow from the automotive world: "Your results may vary".
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    Oct 29, 2015 12:59 AM GMT
    BTW, he finished he condo board meeting early. He told me it would last at least an hour. Well, he returned in 45 minutes, and the Roomba was still scooting around.

    But that was OK, he didn't have a big issue with that. (WHEW!!!) It finished up just a few minutes later, and dutifully parked itself in its docking station for a recharge.

    Then I ran around and turned off all the (energy efficient) lights, since the Roomba's camera needs light in order to see. Even in daylight our bathrooms are too dark for it, I still gotta turn on lights. But if It runs into a dark place (and I'm learning to eliminate them) it sends my iPhone a message.

    Just mind-bending technology. And to think, as a kid I used to be fascinated by my Mother's 1940s Electrolux canister vac. Today this. Well, I'm trying to keep up with it all. And some stuff I reject as gimmicks & passing fads, and some things I see as useful to me.

    But I fear eventually this technology tsunami will overwhelm me. And I'll end up being a grouchy old curmudgeon, extolling a return to the "good 'ole days", like a Teabagger or some other form of Conservative reactionary. icon_sad.gif