An idiot’s guide. Absolutely simple. No skills or special tools needed. Yes I am serious and no it’s not a joke. From an everyday washing machine you can have a spinning, rotating wood burner and barbecue! Read on for picture by picture instructions.
It’s one of those days. You have just saved up enough cash to buy that barbecue that you’ve had your eye on in the store, and what happens – the washing machine gives up the ghost! Bang goes the barbecue because the cash will have to go towards the cost of a new washing machine. Don’t despair, go and get that new washer and your old washer can be turned into an incinerator for garden rubbish, an outdoor log burner and a barbecue.
It is not at all difficult and you need no skills other than to be able to use a screwdriver and a spanner to take the old washer apart.
Once the washer is unplugged and disconnected from the water service get it out of the house to where you can work on it. You will probably find that a washing machine is the heaviest household appliance that you have. This is because there is a large block of concrete inside it. This is to keep the washing drum on its axis and to stop it dancing and bucking around the room when in use.
If you are a bit clumsy now might be a good time to save your skin and put a pair of gloves on. (Whenever I used to volunteer to do a job for my mother-in-law the first thing she would do would be to get the band-aids ready!)
You are only interested in the drum inside the machine. Therefore in unscrewing the cabinet from around it, it doesn’t matter what damage you do, because the rest of it is scrap. If a screw won’t undo then use a hammer and chisel.
The concrete block that is bolted to the drum can now be removed with spanners.
This is what you should be left with:
Fig 1 View of the drum from the front.
Fig 2. View of the drum from the rear. The drum’s axle can be seen in the centre of the back plate.
In Fig 2 you can see a lighter alloy back plate on the drum. This is bolted to the drum.
Undo and dispose of the bolts. You now no longer need any spanners or screwdrivers.
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