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LG Washer Door Boot Inner Spring Clamp Removal Tool

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So I replaced the door boot on an LG washer today.  It was part of stack unit and the dryer had to be removed so I took one of my sons with me.  And thank God he was there!  Even though I had purchased both outer and inner tub clamp removal tools, I would not have gotten the inner tub clamp back on using the inner tub clamp removal tool.   Turns out the tool does not open quite wide enough to grab the clamp loop and spring loop.  The tool needs to be modified by using a torch to bend one of the fingers out wider.  Ended up not using the inner clamp tool at all.  Removed the inner clamp with a screwdriver and put the clamp back together using a sturdy pair of needle nose pliers (from my Maytag tool roll).  This would not have worked had my son not been there to secure the other end of the clamp while I used the needle nose pliers to lift the spring loop up onto the hook.   Just a heads up for anyone else out there thinking the inner clamp tool will actually work as-is.  

 

Anyone else run into this before?

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The inner tool works fine, u have to hook it around end of spring use a small screwdriver to finish puttin on, takes about 20 minutes with dryer left on top

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You don't remove the front panel to replace the boot? I don't for Duets, wouldn't have gotten that inner clamp on with the front panel still on that LG.

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Dont take the font panel off for anything, except the old maytag mah3000

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Not even to replace the pump on a Samsung front loader?

I just don't see how I woulda gotten that inner boot clamp back on with the front panel still on. This new learning amazes me, Sir Mark Mac. Please enlighten me!

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I have the LG tools and have used them just fine. I have not tried to change the boot with the front on though. When I run into stack mounted units I usually just:

 

*remove the mount screws

*remove top cover screws

*slide top cover back to expose front panel screws

*disassemble normally from there.

 

works good for boot, drain pump or heater issues.

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Good tips, Brother Ohm! I'll remember that for the next one. On this particular job, the stack unit was in a closet so there was no way to get to the top panel screws without taking the dryer down, which was easy enough to do with my 18 year old son there helping me. But that was definitely an unusual installation.

How did you get enough room to remove the control panel screw inside the machine with the top panel just slid back? It only slides back a few inches. Did you use a stubby or offset ratcheting driver?

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While on break from a refrigeration class during ASTI,  I stumbled into a washing machine class....not sure what brand but they were putting back together a front loader and the students were trying out this tool..

 

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not sure of their results since I had to stumble back to the class I was taking.....

 

http://www.reliableparts.com/product/inv_9482992/Helpful-Products-And-Tools-461459#

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OMG, Brother Durham you just hit a homerun!  I even used that tool on the GE washer disassembly during class and I flippin' forgot all about it!  How's that for a brain impaired by waay too much substance abuse in its younger years?  Mucho mega domos for the reminder-- THAT's the tool I needed this morning.  That's what I be tawkin' about, yo!  :rocker:  :samurai:  :dude:

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OMG, Brother Durham you just hit a homerun!  I even used that tool on the GE washer disassembly during class and I flippin' forgot all about it!  How's that for a brain impaired by waay too much substance abuse in its younger years?  Mucho mega domos for the reminder-- THAT's the tool I needed this morning.  That's what I be tawkin' about, yo!  :rocker:  :samurai:  :dude:

I thought you were in that class when I stumbled in but age is catching up to me and couldn't remember.

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i have used the lg tool many times without a problem, not saying it was easy but it worked, better the the Frigidaires.  I also do not take off the front panel

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Good tips, Brother Ohm! I'll remember that for the next one. On this particular job, the stack unit was in a closet so there was no way to get to the top panel screws without taking the dryer down, which was easy enough to do with my 18 year old son there helping me. But that was definitely an unusual installation.

How did you get enough room to remove the control panel screw inside the machine with the top panel just slid back? It only slides back a few inches. Did you use a stubby or offset ratcheting driver?

 

I want to say that I got the lid back far enough to use a stubby screwdriver, but honestly.. I can't remember. I know I have run into this with a few samsung units and not sure if I have done an LG this way (although they are very similar or course) I always carry a Gearwrench Microdriver kdt-85035.gif

and my favorite shorty screwdriver is this Craftsman Screwdriver. 00947185000-1?hei=400&wid=400&op_sharpen

It has a full size handle and a short blade for really good access without having to go all the way to a full stubby.

 

BTW, my goto stubby is the Klien 32561 A16F_129828757319908496mxIqPd9I9u.jpg

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Tool talk.... Yea! I just purchased that microwrench set from lowes a couple of weeks ago. It is a kobalt set but many kobalt, craftsmen and gearwrench tools are made by Danaher. If i'd known i could get it under the Gearwrench name, I would have. Although the same, I have a number of Gearwrench stuff and have come to respect them. My goto stubby is a ratcheting Bahco, a company owned by Snapon. $22 on Amazon btw also on Amazon for $40 you can get a great snapon made full size ratcheting screwdriver made under the JH Williams brand. This is the USA made JH Willams/snap on (i understand there is some Taiwanese made JH williams tools) and is nothing more than a snapon but about $40 cheaper. Model WRS-1. Been using one for three years and there is no difference between it and my snapon

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 Thank you mister Durham, I'm ordering 1 tomorrow.

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Tool talk.... Yea! I just purchased that microwrench set from lowes a couple of weeks ago. It is a kobalt set but many kobalt, craftsmen and gearwrench tools are made by Danaher. If i'd known i could get it under the Gearwrench name, I would have. Although the same, I have a number of Gearwrench stuff and have come to respect them. My goto stubby is a ratcheting Bahco, a company owned by Snapon. $22 on Amazon btw also on Amazon for $40 you can get a great snapon made full size ratcheting screwdriver made under the JH Williams brand. This is the USA made JH Willams/snap on (i understand there is some Taiwanese made JH williams tools) and is nothing more than a snapon but about $40 cheaper. Model WRS-1. Been using one for three years and there is no difference between it and my snapon

 

Great info. I do appreciate quality tools. I use the snap-on ratcheting screwdriver as my main screwdriver,

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but also carry Wiha drivers with me as well. The Wiha Microfinish HD is the best friggen philips driver I have ever owned or used. Tips are nearly indestructible and have a death grip on the fastener!

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Someday I might make a toolbag video

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Thank you mister Durham, I'm ordering 1 tomorrow.

TSE-1

:whistling:

OR $ 27.95 shipped on that auction website

3 available / 1 sold

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Tool talk.... Yea! I just purchased that microwrench set from lowes a couple of weeks ago. It is a kobalt set but many kobalt, craftsmen and gearwrench tools are made by Danaher. If i'd known i could get it under the Gearwrench name, I would have. Although the same, I have a number of Gearwrench stuff and have come to respect them. My goto stubby is a ratcheting Bahco, a company owned by Snapon. $22 on Amazon btw also on Amazon for $40 you can get a great snapon made full size ratcheting screwdriver made under the JH Williams brand. This is the USA made JH Willams/snap on (i understand there is some Taiwanese made JH williams tools) and is nothing more than a snapon but about $40 cheaper. Model WRS-1. Been using one for three years and there is no difference between it and my snapon

 

Also, you can get the microdrive under the Husky name with less bits:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-16-Pieces-Microdriver-Set-HRWMD16PCSAE/202934673#.UVj921f4KFI

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I actually just carry the driver as the bits/sockets are redundant for me and the full Gearwrench kit takes up too much space in my bag. I have a Pro-Pac Tech-LC and I try and carry everything i can jam in there ;-)

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I actually just carry the driver as the bits/sockets are redundant for me and the full Gearwrench kit takes up too much space in my bag. I have a Pro-Pac Tech-LC and I try and carry everything i can jam in there ;-)

Lol  I do the same... I just carry the driver. I use the LC as well and have the clip on diagnostic bag. I keep the microwrench driver in the diagnostic bag along with other small sized tools....sometimes I like to try and do a repair with just the micro tools in that bag...sort of like catching a large fish with light tackle

 

 

btw...back on my laptop so I can cut and paste better....compare this with the snap on...51nYxZjwZnL_SL1460__zps6daa791a.jpg

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<<<How did you get enough room to remove the control panel screw inside the machine with the top panel just slid back? It only slides back a few inches. Did you use a stubby or offset ratcheting driver?>>>
 
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For a stacked LG washer/dryer----not "shoehorned" into a tight location---slide the washer top cover and dryer rearward about 1 to 2 inches.
 
Carefully lift/push dryer (tilt back) and place a small 2x4 wood block at each corner.
Use stubby phillips.
 
Keep your 3rd eye on the dryer at all times during the repair process---especially if it's a gas dryer...


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lol Thanks John for pulling us back on topic !

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Not that I'm complaining---Durham :)

 

Any discussion on tools is always interesting to read...

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Ok, here's my favor tool. It comes with a charger, 2 batteries, it's variable speed, and has 3 led lights around the end to light your way. The battery stays up for over a week using it everyday on every job. It's very compact and powerful. It is an impact but its such a high quality tool (you can feel it when it's in your hand) once you get the hang of the variable speed trigger that's not a problem.

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Bosch 12-Volt 1/4-in Drive Cordless Impact Driver

Item #: 155138 |  Model #: PS41-2A

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<<<Bosch 12-Volt 1/4-in Drive Cordless Impact Driver

Item #: 155138 |  Model #: PS41-2A>>>

 

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Good quality drill.

 

I have one---but use it around the home---currently using the Milwaukee 12 volt drill.

 

The Bosch PS41 impact tool sounds like a *jackhammer* while removing/installing sheetmetal screws from $1000 washers/dryers.

 

Some customers noticeably became alarmed at the BAM-BAM-BAM-BAM! noise caused by the drill :)




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Well Since this post was started by the Samurai, maybe it's okay to hijack it!  lol

 

 

love the bosch....did a mini review of it at christmas time  http://appliantology.org/topic/35042-bosch-compact-drill-driver-and-impact-combo-set-112/  it's my favorite.

 

but to go in my micro bag...I use  sklr2354-02-rt_zps78be5c83.jpg   Love the small size and 90 degree attachment.

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The Bosch PS41 impact tool sounds like a *jackhammer* while removing/installing sheetmetal screws from $1000 washers/dryers.

 

Some customers noticeably became alarmed at the BAM-BAM-BAM-BAM! noise caused by the drill :)

 

I thought it was too noisy to at first then the more I got used to using it the easier it was to use without being so noisy.

It can be getting some screws out if they are really tight, but, that's where the right amount of pressure and the variable trigger can help keep that to a minimum. If it hammers putting them in you have them cross threaded.

I've never had any problems with customers, but, my customers know I'm respectful of their appliances.

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