All you need is an old washing machine drum and a little bit of elbow grease. Crafty people all across the country are making awesome upcycled fire pits on the cheap with washing machine drums. Not only are they an ideal size, but most are spotted with an array of holes, which help to promote good airflow. Digital Trends accepts no responsibility for injuries sustained while performing these activities, and recommends the use of proper safety equipment during all stages of the process.
This is definitely the hardest part of the entire process, but there are a couple different ways you can go about it. Just grab your toolbox, and get ready to tear it apart. No, not a new one. That would be expensive. Find them online, or hit up your local yellow pages. Search for repair shops, parts stores, and salvage yards. Depending on where it came from, the old washer drum you pick up might be rusty, dented, or have sharp edges. Do whatever you need to do to fix these problems.
An angle grinder will likely come in handy at this point. This admittedly makes the process much more complicated, and will probably require a bit of welding.
How to Remove the Drum From a Whirlpool Washing Machine
This is probably the easiest part of the entire process. Just snag yourself a can of heat-resistant spray paint in whatever color you want we suggest black, since the finish will inevitably begin to blacken over time with use anyway and give it a couple of coats. Images via HouseAndFig. Step One: Get the Drum This is definitely the hardest part of the entire process, but there are a couple different ways you can go about it. Option B: Buy a washer to tear apart No, not a new one. Step Two: Modify the drum Depending on where it came from, the old washer drum you pick up might be rusty, dented, or have sharp edges.Washing machine outer drums or tubs used to be made of metal, or even stainless steel.
Almost all washing machine manufacturers have long since changed over to cheaper plastic. Now they can no longer rust, but there is a big disadvantage. Coins or other obstructions which are extremely common obstructions inside washers can now easily damage or destroy the tub. They break off a big chunk of plastic causing a large hole, and a flood. However, if you just end up with a hairline crack you can sometimes repair a plastic outer drum.
You have to be careful not to put too much pressure on though. The point on a standard soldering iron is pretty small.
You can potentially go through a drum with it like a knife through butter. Get the soldering iron nice and hot, then gently go over the crack to melt the surrounding plastic and seal it up. I try to bring some of the plastic from each side of the crack over to melt into the crack. In which case you may need to keep plugging it back in to keep it hot enough as you go along.
To do it properly the crack should be sealed from inside and out. Remember, if there is a crack in the outer drum it is likely to have been caused by a coin or other obstruction. Obstructions get inside the machine through things being left inside pockets. If you have a cracked drum you need to find the obstruction before even thinking of a repair.
Check in the sump hose and pump filter. Also lean the machine over from side to side and front to back. If there is something inside the drum you can usually hear it slide about. Washing machine engineers use a special flexible and heat resistant sealant called Debor washing machine sealant.
Rough up the surroundings with sandpaper and apply a large patch. If there is a hole in the drum then clearly something different needs to be tried. Peter Tyson Appliances give high quality service coupled with special offers and competitive prices on carefully chosen white goods.Discussion in ' Appliances ' started by wackydiy14 Sep If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.
Log in or Sign up. DIYnot Forums. Yesterday my Zanussi washing machine made a weird noise on the final spin. I quickly switched it off and emptied it. Switched back on but the drum would not turn.
I have only had it just over 12 months and no I didn't take out the extended warranty - sob! It wasn't making any noises before this. The drum doesn't move at all - not by hand or when switched back on. It is stuck solid. Opened up the back to check the belt - still intact.
I took the belt off and switched the machine on to see if the motor still goes - it does. There is no obvious noises when the motor runs. So, I think that something has got between the inner drum and outer drum like a sock and wondered how the hell I get to it.
I took off the rubber seal on the door but still can't see into the inside of the drum. Is there a way of getting between these drums from the front? Any help would be appreciated. Many Thanks. I can't seem to move it at all, seems to be firmly stuck. Shall I get Mr Hammer out I wonder? Ok I've managed to move it slightly so I'll keep on having a go this is a great way to relieve built up tension! Anyway, is the pump the big black thing at the bottom?
Sorry to sound so stupid but I've never done this before. Thank you for all your help.Hi, I have a 20 year old Phillips Whirlpool washer-dryer, fantastic machine. Over the last few months it has been struggling to turn the drum during the wash cycle. Removing one or two heavier items usually works.
I wondered whether the motor was worn, so I have replaced it with a new one, sadly the problem persists, although it is a lot quieter now. It spins normally at both speeds. Am I always going to have to use small loads from now on or is there a cure?
Many Thanks, Chris.
Hi Chris, unfortunately your experience shows why you should never fit new parts speculatively, especially expensive ones. This article gives advice on the subject of Washing machine drum not turning or won't spin including how tight a belt should be. A slack drive belt can cause washing machine to spin only with light loads so it's worth making sure the belt is properly tight - but don't over tighten it. Please use my affiliate links to support this forum. I can't be held liable for any loss arising directly or indirectly from the use of, or any action taken in reliance on, any information on this website, which is given free of charge and in good faith.
I have tightened the belt as recommended, things are a bit better but still the drum fails to turn properly during the early part of any wash cycle unless I reduce the weight of the load drastically: spin cycle works but of course by then the load has already been reduced I am puzzled. My next thought was to replace the belt the current one is 20 years old!!! If the belt was slipping would I be able to hear that? Sounds much more like a faulty motor, start capacitor or control module etc.
I do sympathise with your predicament but guessing at parts is folly as you've already found out. Don't be one of those blokes that's stubborn enough to keep guessing rather than admit defeat. Hi, the motor does have carbon brushes, but I replaced the motor with a new one a couple of days ago and the fault is the same. Is there any way of testing the start capacitor or the control module, as that sounds expensive too Yes Chris, a washing machine that old usually has most parts unavailable by now.
It will only have a start capacitor if it had an induction motor fitted that is, no carbon brushes. The capacitor-like thing you'll be able to see is a suppressor. The main suspect for a motor struggling to turn under load as long as the belt isn't very loose and slipping is a faulty armature in the motor or the brushes so you were making a good guess when you changed the motor but assuming the replacement motor was new the next suspect has to be the control module.
They are usually very expensive and they are the kind of part you can't test.
All you can do is replace them and if it doesn't cure the fault scratch your head and look elsewhere. This is fine if you are an engineer and have access to one to try but not if you have to buy it with no prospect of returning it. If you aren't ready to give up yet I would recommend seeing if QER Quality Electrical Repairs can test or even repair or supply a recon control module.
Its like it has got jammed as it won't even rotate when turned off. Any pointers would be much appreciated. Its having all mechanical controls. The problem actually started after timer replaced by company technician. The machine works well without any loads of clothes, but when clothes are added, drum struggles to turn. It turns during rinsing, when water is drained and also spins well.I recently took apart a junk washing machine to salvage the drum for my patio heater instructable.
I discovered that there where many other cool parts that could used again for other projects. I will not go into details much but the photos are tagged with anything i think may be useful. If anyone can think of good uses for some of the bits and pieces, please make a comment as i would be interested in your ideas.
Some of the goodies include the following. Stainless steel drum, can be used as a fire pit, BBQ, incinerator and much more. Bearings and a casting the could be used for a wind turbine. The glass door. Makes a cool bowl or could be used as a port hole style window.Remove Stuck Washing Machine Tub: C-Clamp method
The motor, could be used to power another project or you could add magnets and make a generator for a wind power project. A water pump. The wiring loom. A as always you never know when those nice made up wires will come in handy. Assorted switches and solenoid valves. The metal case. Nuts, bolts, screws, washers, pipe clips and brackets, I had a box full of bits that would cost quite a bit to buy in a hardware store.
Thanks for looking, I hope you get some ideas from what you see.
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Please post comments of any ideas you may have for possible uses for the bits. Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.Every so often, it's necessary to clean and maintain the drum found inside your Whirlpool washing machine, as lint, threads, fabrics or actual pieces of clothing could get behind its mechanism.
The performance of a top-loading washing machine drum stuck with foreign objects can be hampered if there's no cleanup or maintenance. Fortunately, a Whirlpool washer drum removal can be easily undertaken if you have some mechanical skills to handle appliances. You can definitely save on cost by doing this minor fix yourself because some professionals might charge sky-high prices for such repairs.
Before doing any work, make sure that the washing machine is off and unplugged to prevent an electrical shock. Also, turn off the water supply and disconnect the water tubes from the machine. If possible, move the unit away from the wall so you have more space in which to work. You should also tape the lid of the machine tightly so it won't open once you pull parts off. You will likely need to use a spanner wrench, hammer, flat screwdriver, socket set and ratchet for this undertaking.
Wear gloves while you work so your hands are protected. Inside the drum of a basic top-loading washing machine are two tubs.
The inner tub is the washer basket, while the outer tub is the actual drum. The back of the machine holds and supports part of this drum, so carefully unscrew the bolts from the back side to lift the top panel. Once the top panel is gone, you'll see some clips that connect the inner and outer tubs together.
Use a flat screwdriver to unhook these clips, which should loosen the top ring holding the washer basket's locking tabs.
Next, remove the impeller that helps the tub spin. It's located in the bottom center and is likely covered with a plastic cap. When you take the cap off, use a bolt remover to unscrew and loosen the impeller. Some machines might have an agitator instead of an impeller. Agitators are longer and have obvious spindles. Now, with the impeller or agitator off, take out the spanner nut using a wrench and hammer and then carefully pull the basket off the tub.
You can now clean the basket and remove any of the objects stuck in the drum. Position the washer basket properly on its shaft before tightening the spanner nut. Next, put the impeller back in its slot. According to Whirlpool, you will need to reapply a Threadlocker Blue adhesive before setting the impeller so that it won't spin the washer basket out of place.
Next, place the tub ring after the impeller has been secured, and then lock these down with the clips. Finally, lower the top panel and tighten all the areas that have screws.No sign of an obstruction other than a ball shape in one of the lower hoses attached to bottom quarter of drum.
If the drum is seized up there's either an strong obstruction stuck between the inner drum and outer tub, or the bearings have seized up or drum collapsed. If there's something jammed inside I'd expect to see damage to the drum, din't etc.
Try looking all the way round the drum. If the washer has been noisy for some time on spin the bearings may have collapsed - some of the symptoms of this can be found here - Noisy washing machine.
Always make sure the belt is off before deciding a drum is seized up because if a motor seizes up it will also stop the drum rotating when the belt is on. Please use my affiliate links to support this forum. I can't be held liable for any loss arising directly or indirectly from the use of, or any action taken in reliance on, any information on this website, which is given free of charge and in good faith. You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
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Reply to this topic Start new topic. Recommended Posts. Report post. Posted September 25, The Saga goes My wife reports that machine will not spin Investigation starts Filter thing at bottom emptied nothing there try different cycles I try to manually move drum but it will not budge. Case is now off. Belt removed,motor moves freely Drum will is seized up No sign of an obstruction other than a ball shape in one of the lower hoses attached to bottom quarter of drum.
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Posted September 26, If the washer has been noisy for some time on spin the bearings may have collapsed - some of the symptoms of this can be found here - Noisy washing machine Always make sure the belt is off before deciding a drum is seized up because if a motor seizes up it will also stop the drum rotating when the belt is on.
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