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Post# 996978   6/12/2018 at 16:48 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Remember all the grief I went through with my beloved turquoise Lady Kenmore washer for over a year now? (A link to my never-ending thread of woe is shown below)


Well, it ain't over yet, it would seem....  


Not having the strength I once had plus a tricky staircase to navigate, I wanted to wait until I had some help to wrestle M'Lady back upstairs from the basement.  Phil came over today and helped me with that. No problem!


I had to get the console back together and the top back on the washer.  No problem!


Both Phil and I thought - test the spin before installing the washer.  We did. It spins. No problem! 


So, the Blackstone was dragged, kicking and screaming, from the bathroom laundry alcove and back went the Lady K.  Hooked up the drain and the water hoses and....  Problem! 


Water was leaking from the machine when it wasn't filling.  It wasn't just a case of loose connection either; I could hear water spraying inside the cabinet.  FFFFF....phoey!  Now I'm scared.  That's one of the old thermostatic valves that supply hot, medium, warm, and cold water.  The temperature ranges still seem OK so I am hoping it's a leaky gasket and not a cracked valve body.  Although Her Ladyship has been in heated quarters since her first re-bearing procedure the machine was rescued in March and had to ride in an open coach all the way from Manchester NH to Ogden.  I'll pop the lid tomorrow to investigate...


But it gets better... I tried spinning with water still in the tub... Problem!   The water went round and round and round as if in a plugged up garbage disposer.   That, I will bet, is due to me not having engaged the pump control arm properly.  Given the number of times I had that blessed gearcase in and out, this is (knowing me) is almost to be expected. 


So, what do we think Hubby is going to say when he sees a washer in the guest room again?  I say 'who needs a guest room'....  


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Post# 996983 , Reply# 1   6/12/2018 at 17:59 by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
what washer did you put as replacement for now?

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just wondering what washer did you put in st lib as replacement for now just wondering?

Post# 996991 , Reply# 2   6/12/2018 at 18:33 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I'm still using the '66 Blackstone BA600.  However after today, I am very seriously considering bringing the '66 Inglis set back from Ogden!  

Post# 997000 , Reply# 3   6/12/2018 at 19:16 by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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wise choice to bring back the 66 inglis set that way you would also have a matching washer dryer

Post# 997057 , Reply# 4   6/13/2018 at 13:03 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Got the water valve out of M'Lady today... of course I managed to tear the fill hose while attempting to remove it fron the valve.  Dang thing was stuck but good...

Turns out the valve isn't a thermostatic one. I don't have a proper test area in St-Lib and I don't want to mess up this one so I'll be working on this as soon as I get back down to Ogden.  Fingers crossed it just needs a good cleaning!

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Post# 997061 , Reply# 5   6/13/2018 at 14:42 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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So, what do we think Hubby is going to say when he sees a washer in the guest room again?


Sometimes a guest room is useful for a valued member of the family to use temporarily. I am quite sure that a turquoise Lady Kenmore would certainly qualify as a valued member of the family!

Post# 997063 , Reply# 6   6/13/2018 at 14:53 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I concur.... LOL


So.... it seems I've been down this road before with the Naughty Lady of St-Liboire.  Back when I was ready to put her into active duty, I was troubled by a leak from the water valve.  Tightening a few screws seemed to do it, but I think I would still be wise to listen to my 'inner nag' and inspect and clean each solenoid and plunger assembly.  I vow that I will be working on this on the weekend.  No, really....  LOL 

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Post# 997070 , Reply# 7   6/13/2018 at 16:43 by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
big question where will you hide the inglis set?

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Lol if you manage to sneak back the 66 inglis set where will you hide them?

Post# 997073 , Reply# 8   6/13/2018 at 16:57 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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It won't be easy here.  In Ogden, I can just an another machine and say 'Oh, I've had that for years!'


There's a lot of room in the basement but they'd be kinda obvious...   Still, the KDC-7 dishwasher has been there for nearly 3 years now without TOO much commentary. LOL 

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Post# 997093 , Reply# 9   6/13/2018 at 22:21 by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
Oh Sweet and Lovely Lady be Good...

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Perhaps conjuring up Ann Sothern might help...? Iím really dating myself...

Thank goodness you have the room to put these things is your saving grace!



Post# 997098 , Reply# 10   6/13/2018 at 23:38 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
Fingers crossed...

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I hope you get the lady up & running without anymore problems!
She sure is a beauty!

Post# 997107 , Reply# 11   6/14/2018 at 06:02 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Leaky Inlet Valve

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Hi Paul, you can just use a standard FSP 358277 yellow inlet valve on this washer, just leave the wires disconnected for the warm coil and attach the wires to the hot and cold coil as normal, this will give you hot water when hot is called for and warm when medium is called for and cold water for everything else.


The inlet valve in the machine now is a thermostatic valve.


John L.

Post# 997165 , Reply# 12   6/14/2018 at 15:51 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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John, thanks for the info! I was wondering what would happen if I was to replace the valve with a 2-solenoid one.


Some good news today - I have convinced M'Lady to drain.  Using a bouquet (can't say "bucket" to M' I managed to get water in and, more importantly, out again.  Doing repair work in the guest room has given me a true appreciation of how in-the-field repair work can be challenging!!

Oh and the problem? Mr.Know-It-All managed to bypass the pump pulley when the belt was re-installed.  John will give a C minus for the sloppy work...LOL 

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Post# 997417 , Reply# 13   6/17/2018 at 10:32 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Not having a workshop in St-Lib is annoying to say the least, however once the troublesome valve was whisked down to Ogden, I was able to determine exactly what the trouble was. And it happened before!

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Post# 997418 , Reply# 14   6/17/2018 at 10:38 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Bonus points if you noticed the water scale residue on the plate for the water outlet.  It leaked when M'Lady was first put into service; tightening the screws holding the outlet plate more or less solved the problem.  This time I checked the gasket. It was flatter than a crèpe...

Blue goo to the rescue!  I'll test the valve again today and hopefully M'Lady will be up to some laundry this week.

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Post# 997428 , Reply# 15   6/17/2018 at 11:15 by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Since closing the faucets after every wash in St-Liboire isn't something you'd want to do with the current location of the valves, I think you should consider new fill valves for this machine! I'd be afraid of a serious mess caused by any kind of leak when you're not around for a few days! I remember what happened at my parent's home when I was a kid from a fill hose that failed while I was at home to shut the valves off! In a matter of minutes, there was a mess in the wardrobe below in the basement! I can't figure how bad this would have been if it had kept leaking water like that for hours!

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