Resealing / Bonding sealed washing machine drum...

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  1. 9 Oct 2019 at 6:28 PM #1
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    Anyone replaced bearings on a washing machine with sealed drum? I've cut the drum apart and need to bond it back together making it water tight obviously, but unsure on what product to use. I know this is common practice but can't find any recommended products online. There's some sealants on ebay listed for washing machine drum repairs but the tubes are small so impresuming those are for cracks in the drum casing.

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  2. 9 Oct 2019 at 6:47 PM #2
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    I'd probably be tempted to use something like tigerseal or sikaflex, sticks to anything, water proof and flexible and comes in standard cartridge gun size tubes for about £15.
     
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    When I see these kind of threads be it rebuilding a washing machine or a car engine, I can’t help feeling a bit thick :muttley:
     
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    Honestly mate it’ll probably never spin again but I can’t help myself.
     
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    Just buy a new washer and be done with
     
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    No, I’ll try and fix it first ...
     
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    just move house and be done with it
     
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    That as what we did when ours had a very obvious bearing failure.

    It's just annoying that you have to scrap a £300 washing machine because a £10 standard size bearing has gone grumbly.

    They used to make the drums out of two pieces with a seal and some screws, now they melt / plastic welded the two halves together so you can't get it open to change the inner bearing.

    I would quite happily have attempted to fix ours purely to get a win over planned in obsolescence by the manufacturer of it wasn't for the mrs stressing about not being able to use the washing machine for a couple of days...
     
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    I have literally just replaced the bearings on my Zanussi washing machine but it had screws and a seal between the two halves of the drum.
    Not an especially difficult job although some parts were a two man job that I had to do it by myself.
    The EU are about to introduce legislation requiring washing machine (and the like) manufacturers to build washing machines etc that are fairly easy to repair.
    Mine is now quieter than its ever been...super pleased for a parts bill of £20. Cheap parts were found on Amazon.
    Not much help to the OP. though..sorry.
     
  11. 9 Oct 2019 at 8:46 PM #11
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    Yeah I agree.
     
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    Yeah mate that’s what I was hoping to find would be a lot easier. I’m just hoping I can make a neat job of cutting it open which will help with the resealing. Then will drill though some parts of it and bolt it together.

    End of the day don’t see what’s wrong with giving it ago for the sake of a £20 bearing. I’ve got a spare washing machine stored away which I can use if I scrap this one so nothing to loose by giving it ago.
     
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    Lazy and wasteful. But thats people these days.
     
  14. 9 Oct 2019 at 11:02 PM #14
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    Exactly.
     
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    My washing machine in Hong Kong was a POS, so I moved countries.
     
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    What make is the washing machine?...obviously one to avoid.
     
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    Haha i remember that :blink:
     
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    Any bath sealant will do. I replaced the bearings on my aunts washing machine and used clear bath sealant from screwfix or you can use CT1 as mentioned before because the replacement tub seal was no longer available. Machine sounded like it had a couple of bricks in it before but now as quiet as a mouse! (Maybe it’s because I farked it up?) but no leaks and it was fun ripping it apart and rebuilding it........ somehow felt satisfying. I did tell her to wait 24hours before using it to allow the sealant to dry but the truth is I was leaving the next day for a holiday and I didn’t want to be around to mop up any water! I did however get a text thanking me for fixing it! Job done! :thumbsup:
     
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