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Screw or change stuck inside tub

There's a loose screw or something thqt found its way through the stainless steel grating and it generates lots of irritating noise when the washer spins. How do I get in there to get it out?- Bo b

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Only 3 ways to do this 1)take your sump hose off under the washer place your fingers on the inside of the washer and turn the drum slowly but watch your fingers the inner drum will act like a cheese grater i know this due to doing it myself and only once 2)got to strip it down totally but this is a big job m8 3)leave for a while it will find itself to the sump hose but this could damage your inner drum by tearing the side

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