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Post# 254543   12/16/2007 at 16:29 (4,175 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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...So we just went out and bought new ones.

I saw this on Craigslist last night and went and picked it up this morning. The seller said they got an error code on the display - F4. I checked the repair manual last night and found no F4 so I emailed Leslie and he advised it may have been an F/H code that would indicate a water system problem (water valve, flowmeter, pressure switch, etc.). I installed it and started a Normal cycle and quickly realized the code the seller had seen wasn't an F/4 or F/H but an F/02 which is a Long Drain error. I could hear the pump humming, but not pumping. Time for a pump-ectomy!


Post# 254546 , Reply# 1   12/16/2007 at 16:39 (4,175 days old) by askomiele (belgium)        

Well congratiolations... This is a bargain!! Normally there is not a big problem if there is a long drain. Can be a clogged pump or tube. And even a new pump isn't that expensive. So fingers crossed and happy washdays!!!

Post# 254547 , Reply# 2   12/16/2007 at 16:44 (4,175 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Now we're under the skirt and we see the pump protector/screen and the pump. Of course, the machine was full of warm water but since we were in the garage and the pedestal drawer needed to be cleaned anyway...so I just let it flow!

Post# 254551 , Reply# 3   12/16/2007 at 16:54 (4,175 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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And here is what I found in the screen, there was a bobby pin, rusted almost beyond recognition, a piece of metal wire(?) and a corroded token from a game gallery that ran under the washer. The child's sock you see on the floor next to the screen-tray was wedged inside the pump itself. Jammed up tight it was, now the machine is working perfectly and running it second load!

Amazing bargain for me, but I'm stunned at how quickly people decide to spend $2000 for a Cabrio set when a simple service call would have put the washer back in service. Oh well, we have a fun new toy!


Post# 254552 , Reply# 4   12/16/2007 at 17:05 (4,175 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Is this one with a heater in it?

Post# 254554 , Reply# 5   12/16/2007 at 17:21 (4,175 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Yup - heater, 1200 rpm spin. 9200 series


Post# 254556 , Reply# 6   12/16/2007 at 17:45 (4,175 days old) by funguy10 ()        

Could ypu post a video of the machine doing a full cycle? I've wanted to see a Duet run a cycle since it first came out in 2001.

Post# 254564 , Reply# 7   12/16/2007 at 18:01 (4,175 days old) by brent-aucoin ()        

You go Greg!!!
Looks like it is in great shape!
I just can't get my mind to figure out how a sock ended up there? The only way I could imagine is that it got stuck between the boot and the outer tub, and somehow, worked it's way between the wash tub, and the outer tub. I doubt that happens very often!?
Man, you can really get some laundry done now! Oh wait! I am telling someone that has 400 washers!
Great find!
Brent


Post# 254573 , Reply# 8   12/16/2007 at 18:49 (4,175 days old) by spiralator60 (Los Angeles)        
Question For You

Congratulations on the find! Which model Duet is your new machine?

Post# 254609 , Reply# 9   12/16/2007 at 22:40 (4,174 days old) by tlee618 ()        

Way to go Greg!! I know that you will enjoy having that machne in the garage.

Post# 254615 , Reply# 10   12/17/2007 at 00:13 (4,174 days old) by brettsomers ()        

Greg, are you tempted at all to tell the previous owners of your discovery?

Post# 254650 , Reply# 11   12/17/2007 at 07:02 (4,174 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
Eat my shorts!

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You go boi!

Got my 1991 GE FF the same way. Friend was tossing it, underwear in the pump!


Post# 254652 , Reply# 12   12/17/2007 at 07:17 (4,174 days old) by dj-gabriele ()        

Unbeliavable! That's a great find! Did you pay anything for it?

Post# 254653 , Reply# 13   12/17/2007 at 07:48 (4,174 days old) by andrewinorlando ()        

Greg - can you see a way that something as large as a sock can get down there? The Duet seems to be very well put together, and there just doesn't seem to be enough space between the drum and outer tub for a sock to work its way past, but I guess if the machine is overloaded, the force of tumbling can work something past the side of the basket? It's amazing how folks ruin these machines...then they complain that they suck because they "break down" or don't work for all the money they paid!!

Post# 254662 , Reply# 14   12/17/2007 at 08:25 (4,174 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
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I doubt I'll let the previous owner know about the sock in the pump, they won't care anyway. I should email him and tell him to call me in a few years when their Cabiro flashes an error code!

I suspect it took a long time for the sock to work it's way into the pump, maybe drawn in past the protector-tray by a loose thread. I'm frankly surprised that there wasn't more junk in the tray, but they looked like they kept a very clean house so maybe they were conscientious about checking pockets, etc.

I love this Sanitary cycle and "Super Hot" water temp - my cleaning rags are all sparkling and bright again! The poor Calypso is shivering and feeling rejected in the corner of the garage now, cast aside by a newer model.


Post# 254679 , Reply# 15   12/17/2007 at 10:34 (4,174 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Congratulations with the new toy! You'll have dazzling whites. Next summer you will make all the neighbours jealous when you hang your whites outside. That's what clotheslines are for, showing off your whitest whites! LOL

Post# 254681 , Reply# 16   12/17/2007 at 10:38 (4,174 days old) by aldspinboy (Philadelphia, Pa)        

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Hello greg your collection is already fantastic i show it to people all the time, but did you have a duet before Iv'e seen in your line up . Congratulations on the machine i introduce them at a home show in 2000 they where light blue&white people where interested in them and calling the machines big laundromat washers go figure lol. Does that model have the cradle action in the hand wash program.Thanks Greg.
Best Darren k


Post# 254689 , Reply# 17   12/17/2007 at 12:20 (4,174 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Dude - that is one HOT looking machine! ;-)

Just glad that a little investigation work turns a frown upside down. Good grab Greg!

Ben


Post# 254760 , Reply# 18   12/17/2007 at 16:51 (4,174 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Ha! Louis, they're already jealous of my clothesline - and the fact that I can get a weeks washing out there before breakfast and -- all in one trip!

I do have a set of Duets - in the corner of the South laundry room - you can see the edge of the stacked set here on the left. I've loved that washer since I brought it home - I've never had one problem. The one I just got is the TOL to this series and I'm having too much fun playing with the heated washing.


Post# 254767 , Reply# 19   12/17/2007 at 17:28 (4,174 days old) by funguy10 ()        

You can't see them. Thay are offscreen...shot.

Post# 254951 , Reply# 20   12/18/2007 at 07:28 (4,173 days old) by runematic (southcentral pa)        

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We've pulled many items from these pumps. In fact. my mother likes to use "color catcher" sheets in the washer on some loads. I'll usually get a call that the washer is full of h2o. Always find one of them damn sheets in the pump. We just went out to a friend's house that we had sold an Epic. He had 6, that's right, SIX, baby socks in the pump. Oh, and funguy, no, there are no videos available on that!

Post# 255023 , Reply# 21   12/18/2007 at 15:18 (4,173 days old) by rolls_rapide (0)        
Small items, such as baby socks...

...as WE all know, should be put into those net laundry bags. But does (Mrs) Joe Public ever take heed?

And what about womens' under-wired brassieres? They cause problems with pumps when the wire escapes.


Post# 255114 , Reply# 22   12/18/2007 at 22:09 (4,172 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
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Boil wash is becoming one of my favorite things! Of my 3 Duomatics only one has a working water heater. I just did my first whites with the boil wash and let the machine go through two wash cycles for a total of 18 minutes boil wash.
After 9 miuntes the door glass was so hot I couldn't keep my hand on it! The whites came out sooo white again that I am sold that it is better than bleach!!

Boil wash for days! Now I'm gonna install new immersion heaters in the other Combos.

And I was a dyed in the wool Cloroxboy!



Post# 255115 , Reply# 23   12/18/2007 at 22:10 (4,172 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Greg

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Boil wash is becoming one of my favorite things! Of my 3 Duomatics only one has a working water heater. I just did my first whites with the boil wash and let the machine go through two wash cycles for a total of 18 minutes boil wash.
After 9 miuntes the door glass was so hot I couldn't keep my hand on it! The whites came out sooo white again that I am sold that it is better than bleach!!

Boil wash for days! Now I'm gonna install new immersion heaters in the other Combos.

And I was a dyed in the wool Clorox-boy!





Post# 255118 , Reply# 24   12/18/2007 at 22:30 (4,172 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Jon, welcome to the white side of reality!! You've left the dark side!!

Post# 255156 , Reply# 25   12/19/2007 at 06:56 (4,172 days old) by westyslantfront ()        

Hi Greg. When I was in Dr. Manny's shop 6 months ago, there was a Fridgemore front loader. It was given to Manny because the owner said it did not work. Manny discovered a kiddy sock in the pump, removed it, and sold the machine to me. It works like a charm and Manny showed me how to adjust the water level.

Ross


Post# 255225 , Reply# 26   12/19/2007 at 13:22 (4,172 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Greg,

Welcome to the world of heated washing. I assume this machine is connected to hot and cold water? For really dirty laundry you could try to trick the machine into a hot wash starting from cold.

Happy washing!

Louis


Post# 255229 , Reply# 27   12/19/2007 at 13:36 (4,172 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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I had that wee Asko set some years ago and used the "boil" wash for many loads and I have done the two-wash cycle trick with my Duomatic and both gave spectacular results. I find it isn't necessary to do it every time, but now and then keeps them bright.

Now I REALLY want that Maytag Epic set to replace my Duets ;-)


Post# 255379 , Reply# 28   12/20/2007 at 13:06 (4,171 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Won't be able to rest, now, until i get a boil washer--t

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But in the mean time for all of you non boilers, here's a treat: (but you probably already know this stuff)-----three other substitutes-----

Turn your tank up to hottest HOT

Use the dishwasher boil wash& rinse water, if you have access to the drain, for rags and other nasties.

Soak, starting in HOT, overnight in Tide with bleach--or at least an hour if you're in a hurry.

Jetcone and Gansky are so persuasive and influential around here--in the best way-- I wonder, how many of you, besides me, are determined now, to get a boil washer?!


Post# 255381 , Reply# 29   12/20/2007 at 13:10 (4,171 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Won't be able to rest, now, until i get a boil washer--t

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But in the mean time for all of you non boilers, here's a treat: (but you probably already know this stuff)-----three other substitutes-----

Turn your tank up to hottest HOT

Use the dishwasher boil wash& rinse water, if you have access to the drain, for rags and other nasties.

Soak, starting in HOT, overnight in Tide with bleach--or at least an hour if you're in a hurry.

Jetcone and Gansky are so persuasive and influential around here--in the best way-- I wonder, how many of you, besides me, are determined now, to get a boil washer?!


Post# 255420 , Reply# 30   12/20/2007 at 20:21 (4,171 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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~Soak, starting in HOT, overnight in Tide with bleach--or at least an hour if you're in a hurry.

Prewashing first in warm or cool follwed with a good spin THEN a soak will help avoid the nasties from redepositing in the clothing.

Of course, so will STPP.........!


Post# 255492 , Reply# 31   12/20/2007 at 23:12 (4,170 days old) by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
HOW THE HECK DID THAT HAPPEN

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13:06
13:10

The double post police are coming.

Greg isn't that neat? You were posting to me regarding the Visimatic in the same moment I was posting to you about the boilwasher, two ancient staples of the laundry, albeit only the one surviving. I love it when that happens.





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