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Post# 952589   8/11/2017 at 11:07 by Floyde (Los Angeles, CA)        

I have a 1970 Kenmore 800 series piano key washer. Keeps churning away. I started using vinegar regularly in the fabric softener dispenser on whites a few months ago. Yesterday I noticed a small puddle on the floor although this time it was softener in it. Could the vinegar eat through the dispenser since it's 47 years old?


Post# 952617 , Reply# 1   8/11/2017 at 16:20 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Though dilute white vinegar is still an acid

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What is the fabric softener dispenser and or any tubes or seals attached made from?

Are diluting this white vinegar before going in to dispense, or using it straight?

Post# 952628 , Reply# 2   8/11/2017 at 18:57 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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for a machine of that vintage, I would check the hoses/clamps and such....most times you will find a clamp that is rusted and fell off, or a loose hose...

pop the top and keep an eye on what its doing through out a cycle, could be one of those things that doesn't show up all the time.....

most times you don't want to use a worm gear clamp on something like this, as it could be over tightened, and crush the plastic fitting....

Post# 952635 , Reply# 3   8/11/2017 at 22:20 by Kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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Vinegar is so dilute it won't hurt a thing

On the other hand, a 47 year old machine has the right to leak a little

Post# 952652 , Reply# 4   8/12/2017 at 07:52 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
"worm gear clamp"

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Also known as a 'Jubilee Clip'.

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Post# 952656 , Reply# 5   8/12/2017 at 11:12 by Floyde (Los Angeles, CA)        
Thanks guys!

I will check it out and I appreciate all of your help and suggestions!

Post# 952698 , Reply# 6   8/13/2017 at 00:28 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Also hose clamp-use a LOT of those here in our transmitters-however they CANNOT be used on hoses that go thru high RF area-the RF heats these up and burns them and the hose.Have to use plastic tywraps or tie with thread.You can also use the metal hose clamps that are NON magneticd.

Post# 952712 , Reply# 7   8/13/2017 at 08:15 by rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
Plastic hose clamps

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There is also this style. Hoover used them on their 'New Wave' machines, and they are used on Slovenian Panasonic machines.

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Post# 952718 , Reply# 8   8/13/2017 at 08:47 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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^ That's what F&P uses on their DishDrawers for anchoring the fill hoses to the inlet valve.

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