My clothes washer's knob broke and I need to fix it. It's a plastic
knob about 2.5" in diameter with a threaded protrusion at the center.
It threads onto the washer's timer shaft. The threaded protrusion broke
away from the rest of the knob. It's a clean break and the two pieces
mate back together very well. I tried "epoxy for plastic". This stuff
did a terrible job. The knob broke at the repair very quickly. Can
anyone tell me a better adhesive or another way to fix this knob. I
want something that "welds" plastic. Thanks.
Just go to the manufacturers web site and order a replacement knob for
about $5 + $5 shipping, or visit a local appliance parts store. The
epoxy and time fussing with it cost far more than a new knob.
It would be difficult to repair the broken knob, because there isn't
much contact between pieces.
It would be much easier to wields the pieces to the metal "axle?" on
the washer, as there are more contacts there. HomeDepot sells a
metal-to-plastic epoxy glue that hardens in a few hours. I used it
glue the lamp switch to the metal axle, and works great.
You should be able to tie a strink around the broken parts to hold
together. Then use a soldering iron to heat and melt the borken
areas. The plastic should melt back together.
Another option is to simply buy a new knob.
Go online to www.apdepot.com and search for your brand and model
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