View single post by smsst76
 Posted: Sat Aug 27th, 2005 05:02 pm
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Joined: Fri Aug 26th, 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
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After 13 years, the soap build-up on the inside of the drum had closed off > 40% of the drain holes and restricted almost all others to some extent. Otherwise the machine works fine.

Using an aluminum nail (so as not to scratch or chip the drum), I poked through the holes so that it would drain OK, followed by a good vacuuming. (Chip avoidance successful, btw.)

I got some of it out by running through a couple of rinse cycles. Loose crud in the sink filled a one-pint container, and lots more went down the sink drain.

The problem now is that there is a lot of this crud on the outside of the drum that will not go down the machine's drain mechanism. Judging by the occasional chunk that does come out, much of this is fairly large, ranging in size from cigarette butt to finger joint. The material looks and feels much like mortar.

OK, now what? Is there a fairly direct way to pull out the drum so as to remove this stuff? Or live with it? Or call the pros? How much damage am I doing by simply using the machine?