This blog gives you the how-to instructions for my Fashion Robot (with optional tissue box accessory) as shown in the Spring Savings Spectacular creation!
* Tools Required: one wet/dry vac, one box of 6-Pack Household CFL Light Bulbs, box of pop-up tissues (optional), 2 incandescent clamp lights, Velcro (I used Industrial Strength 4 ft. x 2 in. tape), single-to-triple outlet adapter, plug-in tap outlet with switch, 20 cable ties (8”), extension cord, two hands (refer to Fashion Flower Hands for details – make one each of a left and right hand)
* Suggested: jewelry, scarves, shoes, hairspray cans
* Skill: easy
* Time: 30 minutes
* Safety: use care when working with light bulbs and extension cords. This robot is a sophisticated piece of fashion equipment and should not be considered a toy!!!
Part 1: Robot Body (with optional tissue box accessory)
1. Open your wet/dry vac box and remove the vac. Write down the model and serial number (found next to the blowing port) in the manual. Store the manual in a safe place. Go to http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Vac-Registration and register your new vac. This is important!!!
2. Remove the top of the canister and turn upside down. Remove the filter.
3. Insert a roll of pop-up tissues (squeeze and contort box as needed) into the open end of the filter. Place upright (the integrated filter plate with center hole will be next to the table). Your new filter-inspired tissue box is complete!
4. Turn the canister upside down. Insert the caster feet and then the casters into their respective holes on the dust drum. Hear the “snap” and then swivel the casters to ensure proper fit. Turn the canister right-side-up.
5. Replace the top of the canister. (You can store shoes or other accessories in the canister before replacing the top.)
6. Secure both extension wands into the rear storage ports on either side of the canister top. Push in until firmly snug.
Part 2: Robot Eyes
7. Remove the clamps from the incandescent clamp lights. Secure the clamp lights to the top of the extension wands using the adjustable ball joint to position. Gracefully wrap the cords around the wands and bring together behind the robot’s back. Secure together with a cable tie.
8. Connect both of the cords from the clamp lights into a single to triple outlet adapter. Plug the adapter into a plug-in tap outlet with switch. Plug the switch into an extension cord.
9. Insert two of the 14-Watt (65W) household CFL light bulbs into the clamp lights. Since their regular life expectancy is 7.3 years (based on 3 hrs/day), these bulbs should last you indefinitely for make-up application and beautification needs. Please take the rest of the light bulbs in the package and use throughout your home for greater energy savings.
10. Test the plug-in tap outlet by pushing the switch. Both of the clamp lights should light up. (If not, flip the clamp light switches so they are “on.”) Your robot can now see!
NOTE: Do not leave the robot unattended or “on” for an extended period of time.
Part 3: Robot Arms
11. Gracefully wrap the vac’s tug-a-long hose across the back of the canister (like wearing a shawl). Determine how long you want the arms to be when in operation (refer to finished photo). Secure the “armpit” with Velcro with Velcro. Be sure the adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tape is not visible. Since I had an additional length of hose, I held this together (behind the robot’s back) with zip ties. Secure with additional Velcro as needed.
12. To attach the arms, use zip ties around the hose and the extension wands. I inserted two cable ties into each other for additional length to secure the arms. Position the arms around the extension wands in an attractive form.
13. Insert the hand into the tug-a-long hose end of the robot. NOTE: be sure to insert a right hand glove into the right side of the robot and a left hand glove into the left side of the robot. Secure the hand to the hose with a cable tie. Use a bangle bracelet to cover the cable tie.
Part 4: Complete the Fashion Robot
14. Decorate your robot with jewelry and scarves – he is a rolling accessory station. Additional shoes may be stored in the canister for ready access. Hairspray cans were placed in the front storage ports on either side of the canister top and held in place with Velcro.
15. When additional lighting is needed (such as for makeup application), flip the switch!
NOTE: No wet/dry vacs were harmed in the making of this robot.