Feb 05, 2017Routine Cleaning

Beretta PX4 Storm compact handgun
Gun Cleaning. I don’t know about napalm, but I do love the smell of gun oil in the morning. Copyright © 2017 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Cleaning and fixing things was not quite my plan for the day, but that is what I ended up doing. I started with the Roomba – always a joy. Then I washed out and cleaned a bunch of fountain pens that have been sitting around needing some TLC for a month or so. Finally, I cleaned and oiled the Beretta which, I thought I’d cleaned after my last trip to the range. Judging by the state of the cleaning patches, I didn’t.

Variations

Roomba

The dreaded Roomba drive wheel and axle sensor unit. Copyright © 2017 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

The Roomba started to do the ‘circle dance’ again. I love the idea of the Roomba, and when it works it is great. However, the design sucks. Any machine that has to deal with dirt and dust needs to be easily disassembled and cleaned. That’s a major fail on the part of the Roomba. It takes me an hour or two to strip it down and clean it thoroughly – especially hard is getting to the drive motors to clean dirt of off the axle sensors that seem to be the cause of the dreaded ‘circle dance’.

Today, it took longer because (a) I managed to drop a screw inside, which meant I had to strip it down again to get at the screw, and (b) somehow I messed up reassembling one of the wheel drives and it was locked solid. So, I had to strip it right down a third time to access the drive. As I said, poor design.

Note to self. I ought to have thought about what I was going to write about. I focussed on the screwdriver. I needed a shot of the drive unit. I am not going to spend another hour taking it apart and putting it back together just so I can get the right photograph.

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