The base part is excellent, although I believe the original failed/broke sooner than it should have. A few weeks after installing it, the handle broke in half. It screws together and the plastic screw component broke so I am not sure there is a way to replace it without ending up with a totally new wand. I was able to use duck tape to attach the two parts of the handle/stick together. There was so much hype about this product (online, COSTCO, etc). It should have lasted far longer than it did.