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Old 5th Apr 2021, 12:25
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As a note microwaves have a poisonous gas in the magnetron so be careful with that.
In order for a magnetron to work, it needs a high vacuum internally. However, it can have (but unlikely in domestic microwave oven) beryllium oxide for heat transfer purposes, and any dust from that can be nasty.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 15:48
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A friend working in 'the hole' at a certain nuclear establishment called in
'possible beryllium hazard', only to see 2 process workers trying to climb
the exit ladder at the same time.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 18:34
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
Years ago I used a product called “Linklife” or similar, which was a meltable graphite lubricant for motorbike non o ring rear chains. Boil in the tin. However, where a dry bearing can be removed, I’d probably just replace it with new.
I've used that - best done when mum's out ISTR. All my subsequent bikes were shafties.

Thanks to everyone who's offered advice.

As several have pointed out, if I remove the bearing then several more options on how to regrease it become available; but if I could get the bearing off then I'd probably just replace it.

The issue is whether I can get the bearing off, and even if I can whether it's worth the trouble?

I can see a few hurdles already:
  • The halves of the motor are held together with bolts with a head like a flathead screwdriver blade. Maybe a standard socket of just the right size would grip it, otherwise it's buy a special tool time. The heads are too recessed to get anything other than a socket on.
  • I'd have to remove the tacho magnet - maybe that's easy but I seem to remember magnets are fragile.
  • I only have permission to take the washing machine offline for one or two days.

My hunch is that I don't have the skill, tools or facilities so...

I'm going to take the motor out one more time and try with a syringe and some sort of homemade rubber seal to get some grease into the bearing without stripping the motor. If the noise comes back then I'll run it until the noise becomes unbearable (it's still fine after the WD40 application so far) and then decide whether to buy a new motor or a new machine. While that's going on I may try and find a second hand motor to play with - there's some fun projects on things you can do with a second hand washing machine motor..

Thanks again for all the advice.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 20:48
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If you disassemble the motor - depending on the motor - getting it back together may well be near impossible without some special tooling to hold everything in the right place (been there, done that).
If WD40 worked, I'd suggest getting some motor oil in there - likely much easier than trying to get even light weight grease in the bearing. Perhaps just make a little dam around the bearing, pour some oil in it, and let is seep in. It won't be a permanent fix, but should last much longer than WD40.
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Old 5th Apr 2021, 22:51
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As usual, I've already written about my astonishing bearing change. On the little shelf were several odds, but no other bearings.

I'm really puzzled by the Edit thingie at the bottom of the post. Was a Mod havin' a larf?

Strange dream - washer/drier combo units...
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 11:29
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Update on my broken tumble dryer!

Thursday I was going to lift the dryer down from its shelf, take the top off and see if I could spot any problems. First clear away the garden/domestic detritus pushed in to the gap alongside it including some spare kitchen tiles. Ah, it isn't plugged straight into the socket, there's a four gang extension lead which I'd forgotten about (there to provide additional sockets for circular saw, belt sander and other mess creating tools) - and somehow the plug had worked its way loose. Problem solved!

Also had a problem with the fridge icing up, the door had dropped slightly so may not have been sealing properly. Door fixed, now waiting to see if ice reappears. Certainly fridge motor is much less active now so fingers crossed...

Just leaves the shower to be dealt with - the inlet valve apparently has a copper mesh filter which are prone to erode in hard water (?) and then blocks the valve from closing fully - seems to be a known problem. I can get a spare part from Amazon and possibly replace the copper with stainless steel. It is possible to use some acid or other to clear the debris from the valve but that would cost as much as the part. Anyway, using the isolating valve does the job pro tem, I'll do an Amazon order soon...
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 13:56
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
I remember he had a 3litre bottle of Asbach brandy in the metal wall rack in the back and customs let him off with it as it was a rare trip abroad for the guy.
Nutty, does that mean there were regularly Customs on RAF stations ? ( Civilian asking, obviously )
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 14:28
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Originally Posted by esa-aardvark View Post
. If anything goes wrong
it needs a lengthy reset procedure involving allan keys.
That's your problem - you need Allen keys: precision is everything !
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 18:23
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When transiting between U.K. and W. Germany by RAF helicopter we used to have to land at RAF Manston to clear customs. Both ways, sometimes, when we were based at Gutersloh.
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 18:30
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When our Canberra's came back to Wyton in the 70s, we had to occasionally clear Customs.
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 18:31
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When I was on Pumas at Odium we had a very good arrangement with Manston customs.
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Old 19th Apr 2021, 13:33
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I finally made contact with Russell Hobbs today to try and purchase a replacement pair of plastic gears for a hand mixer. Unfortunately they do not keep the spares that I required but on the other hand they are going to send a replacement mixer, I said thanks. At the end of the day it is a waste that a perfectly good mixer is going to the tip for the lack of a couple of small parts.
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Old 19th Apr 2021, 14:42
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
I went to the excellent A1 Spares in Croydon some years ago to arrange a visit and repair of my washing machine. I described the fault and the guy said something like "£50 call out, £80 for the most likely part, £80 (2 hours labour) to fit it and no guarantee that something else won't fail next month. Do yourself a favour son and go to Allders, buy a new one for £300..."
Our last one developed an intermittent fault that meant it wouldn't always start, or might stop mid-wash. A quick Google diagnosed the fault (based on the flash sequence of one of the warning lamps). Roughly two hours of my time with a soldering iron, and a 50p component gave us another three years of use.
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Old 19th Apr 2021, 16:45
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
plastic gears
I think I see what the problem might be here . . .
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Old 19th Apr 2021, 17:11
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The old gears went into one of the cakes Mrs ZS wasn't sure!
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Old 19th Apr 2021, 17:21
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Originally Posted by Tartiflette Fan View Post
Nutty, does that mean there were regularly Customs on RAF stations ? ( Civilian asking, obviously )
Brize had them but Odiham didn’t, we would clear customs at RAF Manston before progressing on, I think there was a school there for them.
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Old 19th Apr 2021, 17:22
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
I finally made contact with Russell Hobbs today to try and purchase a replacement pair of plastic gears for a hand mixer. Unfortunately they do not keep the spares that I required but on the other hand they are going to send a replacement mixer, I said thanks. At the end of the day it is a waste that a perfectly good mixer is going to the tip for the lack of a couple of small parts.
you could take them out of the new one
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Old 19th Apr 2021, 22:19
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I will suggest that to Mrs ZS!
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Old 20th Apr 2021, 14:06
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there's some fun projects on things you can do with a second hand washing machine motor..
I once replaced a petrol engine on a lawnmower with one, having rewired it to obtain rotation in the opposite direction. Had to run like hell to keep up with it, though...I guess the original engine wasn't doing 1450 rpm.
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Old 20th Apr 2021, 16:59
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
...........At the end of the day it is a waste that a perfectly good mixer is going to the tip for the lack of a couple of small parts.
If it was me, I would probably dismantle the old one and keep the motor and any other useful bits. Never know when such things might be handy for a project, but you have to have that engineer mindset.
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