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Repair to hole in washer plastic drum.

Hi,
I've been out to a washer that the owner had stripped because it was leaking. After refitting the hoses properly and testing, it was actually leaking from an 8mm hole pierced in the bottom of the plastic outer drum.

My question is - What would be the best method to repair a small hole in this plastic, that can withstand boil washes and immersion for around 2+ years use.
- Mechanical, epoxy , silicone , combination of methods?
Thanks.

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  • Desphsewife Oct 27, 2008

    We have the same problem! My husband left a screw in his pants pocket which made a hole in our plastic washer drum. Is there a particular plastic epoxy you recommend? The guy at our local hardware store said "your guess is as good as mine."

  • Richard Perkins
    Richard Perkins Nov 05, 2008

    I used a flexible polystyrene based epoxy filler - the type used for car bodies. NOTE! - It MUST be the flexible version, as this accomodates for temperature changes.

    Make a plug by overfilling on the inside of the drum - so it cannot get pushed out again, and when set (only 20 mins or so ) add a layer of silicone sealant to the inside. This rubber will fill any pinholes, and is very flexible and will act as a waterproofer for the repair. No problems so far in 3 months use.

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I had the same issue, I got some liquied fiberglass from out local car shop, striped down the washer and split the drum so I could get the the inside and out, I rubed down the hole with soem ruff sand paper to make a good key then applyed the fiberglass, waited for 3 hours to make sure it was good, put it backtogether and all is done been great now for last 3 years.

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The easyest way to fix a hole in most things if there is room is to drill out the hole to the nearest size bolt. then using stainless steal bolt normally 6mm works good with two stainless penny washers two tap rubber washers and a 6mm locking nut . method is drill hole when i fixed mine i use 6mm drill then get bolt feed on 1 penny washer then 1 rubber washer,feed bolt through inside of drum were it comes trough to outside then put on other rubber washer then the other penny washer then finally the locking nut tighten every thing up instant fix last longer than the thing it self and most glues i think only thing glues are good a sticking is fingers lol

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I used instant gasket for sealing coolant leaks. The silicone base is flexible, can adjust to temperatures and it resistant to corrosive agents such as coolant so I guess detergent should be good.

I pressed a good amount inside so when it expand as it hardens it will form a plug inside and then when dried I applied another coat.

All good so far..

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If you find a good plasticizing epoxy it should work great for this most plastic epoxies can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees F. I dont see the hot water supply feeding the machine getting any warmer than this. Another option would be to find someone with a plastic fusion and filler welder and just weld the hole shut with a base material.

Hope this helps Ya

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