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Old 07-13-2012, 12:24 AM   #1
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Apparently, there was a screw in my pocket when I did the wash last week. And it managed to dig itself a hole right in the bottom of my washer. So I had an appliance guy look at this and he said "It's toast, you need a new washer". But I don't see why I can't patch the hole, it's just plastic. I was thinking of filling the hole with epoxy, would that be strong enough to seal it?





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Old 07-13-2012, 05:05 AM   #2
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Should be able to. first gotta get that screw out. try cutting flush and push head side into tub. with hose removed see if you can flush it through. or else pull wash basket and either epoxi both sides or use two rubber washers with nut and bolt [ss].

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Old 07-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #3
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The screw is already out. I thought about finding a plastic or metal plate then epoxying it to the hole, maybe an electrical metal cover plate. The appliance guy said he wouldn't do it, he said there's heat and vibration in there. But it still seems to me it can be patched, instead of buying a new washing machine.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:32 PM   #4
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There wouldn't be enough heat. You can use epoxy, or you can use red RTV sealant. We use red (High temp) RTV in commercial high temp dishwashers, these can reach 180 degrees or hotter.

The appliance guy won't repair it because if it doesn't hold, he's liable for damages. Simple as that. I personally would have done the same as him.
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:07 PM   #5
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Yeah, to Proto' point could come back on him, better to walk...the best way would be pull the basket-not that big a deal. otherwise, i wouldn't put any plates or stuff-just build up the epoxi slowly-couple coats till hole is filled [heat with hair dryer first and second coat-speeds setup]. once hole is secure-slather it on.
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Yeah, I'm thinking I need to order some of this



It's a marine epoxy made for sealing leaks, if I use this I don't think I need a plate to hold it.
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There really shouldn't be that much force or pressure on it. Scuff up the area and apply the marine epoxy and just keep an eye on it.
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No leaks so far, got two layers of Flex Set on it.


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