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Repair Hole In Washing Machine Outer Drum - Plast Aid

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I want to share this repair tip, I worked for me 100%

Somehow a kitchen knife got into a wash. God knows how the knife then managed to work its way between the inner metal drum and outer plastic drum. Fortunately I found the bit of the plastic that had been punched out by the knife.

After research online I decided to try a product called Plast Aid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkTSpmS1zXY

Its simple to use. I placed the broken off bit of plastic, back into position, this filled most of the hole. I then used Plast Aid, covering the damaged area. I was able to get the Plast Aid applied over both sides of the repair. Inside and Outside the drum.

I used the Plast Aid whilst it was still very liquid, so that any cracks were filled. 3 months later the repair is holding. No leaks. It'ss a very tough Plastic resin. I tried to pick bits off with a screwdriver to test the seal. The surface of the outer drum got scuffed, but the Plast Aid was rock solid

I know that time will tell and that the temperature and the detergent may cause problems in the future, but for now I can but only highly recommend this product...Cheap as well.

The machine I have is a Hotpoint, only about 2 years old. Not sure what the washing machine repair man would do in this case. I'm thinking they would want to replace the outer drum....£200????

Hope this helps .......


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Many thanks for that. I always used to use something called milliput which was two plasticine-like pieces which you mixed together. It set like concrete but I used to wet my fingers and mould it into position first. This new stuff looks good. Most engineers would have written it off and it would likely cost even more than £200 but lots of independent engineers might have had a go at repairing it like I used to.

I have an article for repairing small cracks here - Repair a plastic outer drum and I've now linked to this topic from it for help on fixing larger holes.

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My Hotpoint washer drum got a 3cm wide hole in it from a coin in Sep 13 at 5 months old. I am currently living in Germany and the engineer who came to write off the machine suggested that I try to repair it with Pattex Power Knete. This can be bought from German sellers on UK Ebay for about £7-8. It is similar to the milliput in its use; it has a blue outer skin and white inner which you cut off and mix together. I then moulded it into and around the hole and left it to dry. It is still going strong after 18 months. Just thought I would add another option to the two mentioned for anyone who gets the dreaded hole in the drum.

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I can also confirm that plast-aid is brilliant.

My repair has lasted over 4 years now after an errant bra wire punched through the side of the drum without any issues at all. Washing machine is used on all settings 4-5 times a week.

Have also used it for fixing broken switches etc It's the only plastic repair product that seems to hold forever, rather than go brittle after a few months. Worth every penny IMO

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