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Old 06-30-2009, 10:38 AM
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Model Number: MAH5500Bww   Brand: Maytag   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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I purchased a replacement boot drain kit for my Maytag Neptune washer. There is a tension wire held together by a spring which holds the gasket in place. I removed it with no problem but now I cannot get it back on. Please advise.


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These are IMPOSSIBLE to get back on due to the counterweight being in the way. Either remove the weight, or use a stainless steel clamp that you can open all the way. I used a clamp when I did this.
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Wear good work gloves for this task, and pack a lunch!
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These are IMPOSSIBLE to get back on due to the counterweight being in the way. Either remove the weight, or use a stainless steel clamp that you can open all the way. I used a clamp when I did this.

Thanks; however- any kind of specific clamp you recommend? and how'd you put it on-- do you use it to connect the two ends of the tension wire together or calmp it to the frame?
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Wear good work gloves for this task, and pack a lunch!

yeah, it took forever to disassemble the entire thing!!
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Measure the diameter of the tub fitting and put a large enough stainless steel clamp around the end of the rubber hose, put everything back in place, then tighten the clamp.
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Thanks; however- any kind of specific clamp you recommend? and how'd you put it on-- do you use it to connect the two ends of the tension wire together or calmp it to the frame?
Here's what I do: Put the wire clamp generally into place. Hold one end of the wire, just behind the end loop, with a small pair of Vise-Grip pliers. Form a spring puller out of a piece of stiff wire, with a small hook at one end and a handle or loop large enough for your hand to grasp at the other end. Attach the spring to the free end of the clamp and hook the other end of the spring with the tool. Pull the spring toward the loop you have in the pliers.

This generally takes more than one attempt, as things tend to slip out of place, but with a generous measure of patience, you can get it done. You'll want to inspect to make sure the boot is well within the clamp all around its circumference.

I wasn't kidding, though, about the gloves. There are plenty of opportunities for puncture wounds and scratches.
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Magician must have stronger hands than me. For mere mortals, the hose clamp I used whent on in a few seconds and I tightened it with my electric screwdriver with a 5/16 bit in another few seconds.
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Magician must have stronger hands than me. For mere mortals, the hose clamp I used whent on in a few seconds and I tightened it with my electric screwdriver with a 5/16 bit in another few seconds.
Magician is a 50-year old with arthritis. I've just never seen a hose clamp big enough to fit around a door boot.
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We are talking about a drain boot, about 3 inches in diameter.
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