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Re: Washing Machine Leak

Posted By: James
Monday, 2 April 2001, at 2:13 a.m.

In Response To: Washing Machine Leak (Patsy Carbonette)

If your washer only leaks during or after the spin cycle on larger loads you could have a hole in the exterior tub of the washer. This is caused by uneven loads that make the inside tub (the one your clothes go in) hit the outside tub wearing at the metal. With the aide of water these spots eventually rust out and make litte holes near the top of the outside tub. The machine only leaks on larger loads bacause the water level is higher and when it spins during the rinse the water reaches the holes worn in the exterior tub. After a light sanding with emery cloth (to knock off all the rust and loose metal) I used a two part metal patch puty, pushed it through the hole and pressed it flat on both sides of the tub. Make sure to spread it out cover slightly beyond the hole and make it flush as possible on the inside of the tub or you'll have more problems with the tubs rubbing. Good luck!

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