Some cleanups really need a broom — but wouldn’t it be nice not to have to mess with the dust pan? According to its maker, the VacuSweep Sweep Inlet Valve fits easily in a 2x4 wall or a cabinet kickplate and attaches to a central vac system using standard fittings. You activate the suction by opening the spring-loaded door with a toe, then sweep the debris in front of the opening and watch it disappear. The VacuSweep comes in several colors and costs about $30 (not including pipe and adaptors). Canplas Industries, 800/461-5300,

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