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Clothes Washer Busted/fixed....nope, Busted!


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Posted December 05, 2012 - 04:26 PM

OOPS.....I spoke too soon!


Maybe a mod should change the thread title. Awfully misleading, me thinks.....

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 04:32 PM

Good luck on the "real" fix.

I bet you were wondering where you left your favorite screwdriver, huh?

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 04:38 PM

I had Teresa pick up some marine epoxy & high grade silicone sealant for aquariums. I will epoxy both sides tonight, then after cured, cover all with the silicon. I'm not throwing in the towel just yet!

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 04:39 PM

Maybe a mod should change the thread title. Awfully misleading, me thinks.....


It was an outright lie I'd say! :bigrofl: Title now edited!

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 05:48 PM

Dang, never thought of that happening! Good luck with the repairs.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 06:32 PM

Daniel, what make and model is the washer?

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 06:45 PM

Daniel, what make and model is the washer?


Roper model RTW4340SQ0 , same as Whirlpool model 2DATW4305TQ0. The tub lists for $134 and change plus shipping. But if I look up the identical tub under Whirlpool it says $160!
I have the tub upside down & epoxy curing. Once I can handle it, I'll flip it & epoxy the inside, then when cured, put on the industrial strength silicon. I think that will hold fine....well, I hope it does!

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 06:49 PM

The tranny isn't in the tub still, is it?

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 06:51 PM

The tranny isn't in the tub still, is it?


Oh no, slipped it off the trans shaft assembly & brought the tub inside for the epoxy to cure right. The way they put these together is much different from years past. Basically they set the trans down, then build to it/over it.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 06:52 PM

Maybe you should get your wife a new washer for Christmas! :poke:

My wife is OK with getting mechanical things for Christmas, BUT there better be jewelry too!

She told me once "Jewelry prevents head-aches"! :thumbs:
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Posted December 05, 2012 - 06:57 PM

Actually, she'd rather not have to get a new washer as this one did a great job, and it's only about 5 years old. In the end though, if this thing gives any grief after epoxying the tub, Teresa WILL get a new washer!

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 07:00 PM

Those whirlpool tranny units are pretty well built, but they don't like inversion. They really shouldn't even be laid back horizontally if you can help it. 45 degrees or less is best.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 07:04 PM

Those whirlpool tranny units are pretty well built, but they don't like inversion. They really shouldn't even be laid back horizontally if you can help it. 45 degrees or less is best.


What's the issue with that Alan? Mine is sitting upright on my sidewalk, so all is good. Oh, just thought you may be speaking of oil going up the tube??? I know every GE washer I ever owned years ago would end up ruining clothes from oil leaking out of the top of the agitator shaft.
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Posted December 05, 2012 - 07:09 PM

she discovered one of my tiny screwdrivers stuck through a basket hole just under the edge of the agitator. I pulled the agitator, removed the screwdriver, and she works like new again.

You know, I thought I threw a rod in my WH B80, but now that you say this......


I had Teresa pick up some marine epoxy & high grade silicone sealant for aquariums. I will epoxy both sides tonight, then after cured, cover all with the silicon. I'm not throwing in the towel just yet!


If that doesn't work , may I suggest a 3/8" x 2" bolt, two fender washers and a tube of Permatex?

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 07:15 PM

Actually, she'd rather not have to get a new washer as this one did a great job, and it's only about 5 years old. In the end though, if this thing gives any grief after epoxying the tub, Teresa WILL get a new washer!


I would move heaven and earth to fix that one over any of the new top load units from ANY of the major manufacturers. The one exception I have familiarity with is Speed Queen, they still make a REAL washer.

EDIT: Stop reading now if you don't like rants.

Whirlpool bought Maytag, both of them have given up tranny units for more Eco Friendly units, even tho they look the older ones. They now use a motor about the size of an old fashioned 10si Chevy alternator and a device called a "slutch" They haven't been out long enough to know, but it looks like they will have an expected lifespan of 5-7 years. The new style GE units have been out for a couple years, they are already showing signs of early failure.
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