Last week, my wife went on a wild cleaning frenzy.
She gets in the mood to clean every once in a while, and nothing is safe when she is in one of her cleaning moods.
She throws all kinds of stuff away and makes several trips to the local charity store to drop things off. Last week, she went one step further and decided that our air vents and all of the ductwork in our heating and cooling system needed to be cleaned out. I told her that I thought that the HVAC company has special tools for cleaning out air vents and ductwork, but she was on a roll. She said that there was no way that she was going to wait around and make an appointment for an HVAC technician to come and clean the ductwork out because the indoor air quality in our house was terrible and she was going to suck out all the dust and debris herself with our shop vac. I told her that she was nuts and that she would probably hurt herself trying the clean the ductwork herself, but once she gets her mind set on something, there’s no talking her out of it. I left and went to work and a couple of hours later, I got a phone call from the hospital. My wife had gotten tangled up in the vacuum cord while she was up on a ladder in the living room trying to clean the air vent on the ceiling. She fell off the ladder and whacked the back of her head on the heating vent on the floor when she landed. She’s going to be fine, but I told her from now on, we are leaving the ductwork cleaning to the HVAC professionals.