My 1/2 sheet orbital sander is missing a tiny washer on one of the metal rods that hold the paper holder in place. The pin falls out as soon as I start up the sander. The hardware store does not have such tiny washers. Where can I get one?
Thanks for any help,
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Re: tiny washer missing from orbital sander
I dont have the model number but you can go to Milwaukeetools.com and type in your model and you can look at a parts breakdown for this unit, or send it to me and I will look for a number and if you give me your location I will try and find someone close that you can get it from. Let me know if I can help more.
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this design seems ok but then they put a plactic adapter on the end...fail. on the inside of that plastic adapter you should be able to use a hex socket to remove from you extension wand. I suspect that the threading is 3/8" or possibly 1/4". You should then be able to match that up at a local pressure washer dealership. It will be 1/4" MPT x 3/4" FGH or 3/8" MPT x 3/4" FGH. Im guessing by looking at a picture of your wand only so still take this adapter out and check to verify the size. If you are having trouble finding the adapter then check here. Pressure washer parts catalog quick links Pressure Washers High Pressure... Give them a call and they can help. The item numbers you are looking for are
1/4" MPT x 3/4" FGH Item # 3250
3/8" MPT x 3/4" FGH Item #3251
It sounds like the hole is relatively small. You can make a patch using a piece of sheet metal or a piece of flat aluminum which you can purchase at Lowes or Home Depot in the hardware dept. Use sheet metal if the metal surround is metal. Use aluminum if the surround is aluminum. You can tell which is which by taking a magnet and touching the metal. If the magnet sticks, it's metal not aluminum. Cut the patch using sheet metal shears to a size that is 4 inches by four inches larger than the hole. Then you'll have two inches on each side of the hole. You are going to need to put the patch on the inside of the metal, between the liner and the metal surround. This so the hole edges won't tear the liner. When you cut the patch, round off the edges so there are no sharp edges. Take duct tape and cover the edges of the patch. Place 1/2 the width of the duct tape and apply it to one side of the patch and fold the other half over to the other side. You can cut a round patch, but a square or rectangle patch will be easier. Just cut the corners round. Purchase a small tube of silicone sealant ( when you but the patch material) and apply a bead around the patch edges and in the middle. Then affix the patch over the hole. Wipe off any sealant that ozzed through the patch so it doesn't bond to the liner.
2.) The ceramic rods that hold the two main straps in place shattered. This is caused by overheating in the pump, if the pressure washer is left of for several minutes without releasing the pressure. If this is the case, parts are available, but can be quite difficult to replace. I'd recommend taking it to a service center in this case.
It sounds like could be one of the problems listed below or a combination of those things.
1) The exhaust is partially blocked. Check the screen covering exhaust port for carbon and dirt build-up. High-speed exhaust air must pass freely. We finally broke the exhaust screen out with a screwdriver to get our machine going one day.
2) Gas is not flowing freely to carburetor > under gas tank, find the rubber hose connected to carburetor. Pull off rubber hose and make sure gas flows freely. You can use this hose to drain gas tank of old gas ... and then put in fresh gas.
3) Carburetor is partially gummed up and engine cuts off when gas flow slows down. Buy some gum out, and then don't store power washer with gasoline in the tank. Or put additive in gas when storing machine.
4) The choke is letting in too much gas or not enough gas. Try different adjustments. The choke-lever on our power washer got so bad that we could not set throttle at full open or the machine would die. We still use the machine at 2/3 throttle, and then start it each time using WD-40 as described below.
5) Dirty air filter that won't let engine breath enough air to keep up with combustion. Take off air filter and see if problem persists.
6) The spark coil is going bad?? Change spark plug to see if problem persists. Is spark plug wire pushed all the way onto the spark plug?
Now the nitty gritty of starting that bad boy and making you happy again!!!!
7) Take off air filter. Spray WD-40 directly into carburetor. Yes, we use WD-40 every time to start my power washer, and we use the washer twice a week. Spray in the WD-40, Pull the engine cord. The engine will fire on WD-40. Guaranteed.
Once it starts, keep spraying WD-40 directly into carburetor to keep engine going.
If engine will not fire and keep going on WD-40, then your spark is suspect. If your engine fires and runs on WD-40 but dies without it, then your gas supply or carburetor are suspect
8) Carburetor problem >>> try Gum out >>> and then take machine to small engine repair shop
9) Spark ... take out spark plug. Put spark wire back on. Hold spark plug by spark wire. Touch metal threads of spark plug to metal opening where plug came out. Metal to metal. Pull back start cord and look for spark between the metal. If you have no spark, then spark coil is bad >>> take machine to small engine repair shop
Take out spark plug Put cap on spark plug Hold spark plug by spark wire Put spark plug threads against edge of hole where spark plug came out. Metal to metal. Pull start cord. Look for spark between metal No spark, then you need new spark coil from small engine repair shop
If you ran the pressure washer without water running through it on startup you probably got your pump.You are supposed to engage the trigger on start up with water running through it so as to release the pressure off the pump so it will start easier. Hope this might help you.