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  1. N. Thornton

    N. Thornton Guest

    Hi

    Been trying to undo the washing machine drum central nut, but the drum
    just goes round. We couldnt stop it turning, so couldnt undo the nut.
    How to stop the drum rotating??

    I did think of jamming wood between a drum pulley rib and a rib of the
    outer tub (drum's outer casing), but the pressure on it would be
    enormous, many times the force put on the bar driving the nut, so i
    didnt want to smash the tub doing that.

    How do you folks do it?

    Regards, NT
     
  2. First be certain that you are turning it the right way to undo it (left
    hand thread?). Instead of applying steady weight on the spanner, try
    giving it a sharp clout with a hammer or mallet. The drums intertia
    alone might be enough to allow you to loosen it.
     
  3. Bob Eager

    Bob Eager Guest

    Well, that's what I did both when removing and replacing the nut. It
    didn't seem to be a problem, and still isn't, 3 years on!
     
  4. jakdedert

    jakdedert Guest

    I once needed to get the chuck off a (Makita) drill. I had much the same
    problem...couldn't keep the drill from spinning while I turned the chuck.

    The advice from the Makita service center was to chuck up a long allen
    wrench with the long side 'out' then set the drill on a bench with the chuck
    over the edge and (here's the good part, I know you've been wondering what
    this has to do with your washer) *whack the allen wrench with a hammer*! It
    worked great. One whack broke the threads free, and the chuck spun off
    easily.

    I think it might work for you...take a box-end wrench (not a socket wrench),
    put it on the end of the spindle; and *whack it with a hammer.*

    jak
     
  5. That was how you were supposed to take the chuck off my old B&D
    drill. After ~15 years, it eventually took the splines off the
    drive shaft in the gearbox. It still looks perfectly functional,
    and you can hold it in the air and operate it and it looks fine.
    However with it running at full speed, you can stop the chuck
    by touching it with your little finger, although the motor
    carries on spinning at full speed. ;-)
     
  6. Lurch

    Lurch Guest

    Take the drum out.


    SJW
    A.C.S. Ltd.
     
  7. David Harris

    David Harris Guest


    You may need to heat the nut with a torch to break it loose. Also,
    keep in mind that the shaft may have left-hand thread.

    David, on the Illinois prairie.
     
  8. Harry Bloomfield retched It just goes round and round onto my recliner:
    Or write a letter of complaint to the manufacturer, always works.
     
  9. The Lord alerted my mind to the presence of this EVIL article by
    ng_abuse-subscribe, and I thusly replied:
    I really think he should complain to the iron ore mines, actually.

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  10. MrCheerful

    MrCheerful Guest

    Easiest I find is an impact wrench, but average mech. doesn't have one.
    Usual method otherwise is to chock web of wheel with wood block. Because
    the wood is placed at the outer edge of the wheel the forces are not as much
    as you might imagine because of the extra leverage. If you have a good
    fitting spanner then the whack with a piece of 4 by 2 on the spanner may
    work.

    MrCheerful
     
  11. BigWallop

    BigWallop Guest

    Have you made sure that you've released the locking lug on the nut first.
    Most machines have a strap that fits under the nut and into a groove in the
    wheel. The metal strap is then wrapped up at the edge around the side of
    the nut and is there to stop vibration from shaking the nut loose. If you
    forget about, it makes removing the nut a real pain in the proverbial.


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  12. Reverend Parson Peter Parsnip retched It just goes round and round onto
    my recliner:
    Any old iron, any old iron, any any any old iron.
     
  13. MrCheerful retched It just goes round and round onto my recliner:
    the >head with it

    Sound advice.
     
  14. The Lord alerted my mind to the presence of this EVIL article by
    ng_abuse-subscribe, and I thusly replied:
    Worst song ever.

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    tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord."
    - Deuteronomy 23:2
     
  15. Reverend Parson Peter Parsnip retched It just goes round and round onto
    my recliner:
    Rabbit rabbit rabrabrabrab rabbit
     
  16. Ken G.

    Ken G. Guest

    Make sure to put some WD-40 or other penatrating oil on that first .

    I cant believe no one has suggested this .
     
  17. Bearings gone?

    Been there done that - in the end the spare parts cost me about £50,
    took me about 4 hours and many cuts and bruises - in reality it would
    have been more sensible (for me) to buy a new or second hand washing
    machine ...

    Rob
     
  18. Dave Plowman

    Dave Plowman Guest

    In the days when you regularly did this to use your circular saw
    attachment etc, B&D said to insert the chuck key and whack that with a
    hammer.

    Be careful with a reversing screw driving drill, though, these have
    usually a left hand thread locking screw which needs to be removed first.
     
  19. Lurch

    Lurch Guest

    Be careful with a reversing screw driving drill, though, these have
    I thought all chucks had this LH threaded screw, or am I wrong?


    SJW
    A.C.S. Ltd.
     
  20. Hi!

    If it's an old Maytag machine, you can simply block the transmission
    underneath the drum to stop it from turning. I had to do this when I
    replaced a tub seal in a 70s-something Maytag washer...

    I suppose it might work for other machines as well where the transmission
    seems to "ride around" the power shaft.

    William
     
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