Unscheduled projects – part 2

Or actually today it’s a project that should have been scheduled a while ago but just didn’t make the cut. Today was another laundry room day. We’ve had a leaking front door seal on the washing machine for let’s just say longer than a month. I think a drawstring on some shorts got caught when the door was being closed and tore it up pretty good.

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The chunk out of the seal. If you squint it will come into focus..

I’ve had the replacement seal for quite a while but hadn’t gotten around to dealing with it. Partly because it needed 2 sets of hands and partly because  I just hadn’t gotten around to it. Heather’s been a good sport about it but is understandably getting a little tired of having to put towels down to catch the leaks every time she uses the washer. Matt was available today to give a hand and with the dryer getting fixed yesterday (yes indeed it is now working just fine) I thought it was time to do the washer as well.

Once again I trolled the intertubes and got a good video on replacing the door seal of our LG washer. Matt gave me a hand and we pulled out the washer and started disassembly.

With the top and front off it was a pretty straightforward job to pull the the door seal out and put the new one in place. The video was a really good step by step assistant. Boy oh boy that seal that we pulled out was really grungy. Heather says maybe we should be a little more dilligent about keeping it clean. I agree.

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Old seal out.

With the new seal back in place it was a bit of a job to get the retaining rings back in place but with 2 sets of hands and a little patience Matt and I quickly got them back in the right grooves. There is a special tool that you can buy to do it but it seemed like a lot of cash for a tool I’d only use once and there was some extra info out there about doing it without the tool. So we gave it a whirl and had no problems.  Took us no time at all to button it up and get it back into place and then we tested a load of towels. Problem solved. No leaks and all was good.

The sun came out while we were working on the washer and it’s up to 7 degrees so I am taking that as a good omen. The snow is melting at a furious pace and Heather and I have gotten out for a good walk. I think spring is just around the corner and my creative juices and enthusiasm seem to be flowing so it’s time to open up the workshop and get sparks flying again.

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Snow is melting like crazy
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A gorgeous Vancouver Island day. I’m likin’ it!
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