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Need tool for removing/installing front load washer tub seals


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#1 frunch

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 03:53 PM

I've struggled with screwdrivers, pulling and prying to get these seals off/on, but now that I've started getting more involved with front load washers, I want to get the right tool for these jobs. I've seen some nice looking tools that will make the job quite a bit easier, and was hoping someone could weigh in with their recommendation for a spring clamp removal/installation tool for front load washer tub seals. Here's one I found while browsing the archives here at Appliantology:

http://www.reliablep...d-Tools-461459#

Has anyone tried this one? If so, is it worth the $? Not that $25 is much to spend, in fact it seems to be a good price.
Or is there another one that would be a better investment?

Thanks!
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#2 BEdwards

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 09:56 PM

That one works pretty good for most WP and GE's I've been on, but had a Frigi the other day and there was no way to get it in the spring. Overall, I think it's worth the $25.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 01:15 AM

Thanks for the response, think I'm going to get one. Do you happen to know if it will work on LG washers too?

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 07:03 AM

I have that exact one also, I've only used it once on an LG, (inside clamp that holds boot to tub), without it I would have never got that one back on, bent the tool a little and it didn't fit real well but it worked.


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 07:34 AM

Good to know. Guess I'll probably get the LG tool as well, then...

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:39 PM

I went to a customers house to put the spring back on, and he had bought the tool. He let me try it out and it worked great. Worth the money I think.


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 11:03 PM

Those may help but the thing I find helps most is to reach for the Tide. A little laundry detergent lubes things up pretty good.



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Posted 14 September 2014 - 11:22 PM

I've got that tool myself. On Elux/Frigidaire it doesn't seem to work that great, same for Samsung and Lg. The LG specific ones work great for LG of course. I try the tool first and if it doesn't seem to work, I muscle it on the old fashioned way. 


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Posted 15 September 2014 - 08:24 AM

After trying special tools and making a mess with luring up the seals with soap. I've fallen back on installing them dry with a pair of needle nose vise grips. It never takes me much more than a minute to get the clamps on.

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 12:49 AM

only tool you need

 

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 09:32 PM

I have one, it works but it's a little cumbersome, I'm looking into the LG specific plyers for 75$ or so. Worth it if they work. Sears tech friend has them and swears by them

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 11:20 PM

They work great for LG's but thats about it. Honestly, I don't do an LG without them. They're one of the best damned manufacturer specific tools I've used. If you do grab them though, there is one modification to do to the inner clamp pliers. Take out the tiny spring that's in the handle and just toss it. It'll give you an extra bit of squeezing room that I've found can be the difference between getting the loop over the hook and snarling in frustration. That and take a pair of needle nose and widen the loop on the clamp just a tiny bit to give you a little more room. You can squeeze it tighter if you want afterwards but honestly I've never had one where it affected it. But yes, the LG pliers are a must have for anyone working on LGs. I still gots mine and they aint gettin em back. Bastards. Still got my LG TV service remote too.. 


Edited by B4UTRUST, 24 September 2014 - 11:21 PM.

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 07:01 AM

Thanks for the spring tip:)




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