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Dropped a rag between Outer wall and inner wall

I've dropped a rag between Outer wall and inner wall of the washing machine (top loader kenmore) while I was cleaning the build up in the water recycle rim under the opening of the washing machine, where the wash water filters back in the machine again. While I was cleaning this build up gunk, my wash rag slipped the other side, in the tank I cannot get to. How can I get this rag out of the washing machine without calling a repairman?

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If the machine still works fine with no new noises like the rag getting caught in a belt or something, I would forget about it and continue use as normal. Obviously, one should not run machines like this without being close enough to hear it if it has a major malfunction, so you should be fine, especially after the first new test use of it.
Since there is no flame or great heat in a washer, a loose rag inside should not be the problem that it could in a dryer! Best wishes!

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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    John Ballou Dec 12, 2008

    An invaluable tool around any house is a retriever tool the looks like a spring with a plunger on one end and pick-up hooks on the other, enabling one to pick up small objects or even cloths that on down in deep crevices. I use mine often to get an object out of my auto engine that has dropped into some narrow space. They are available at Walmart or any swap meet. This will prove worth it weight in gold to you for this any many future similar problems!

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