Mickey asks, "did it spring back?"
No, but it hadn't moved even a teeny bit - the top of the washer seems rigi
dly affixed to the sides and front panels. I am thinking those obstruction
s are either bolts or large brads that keep the top permanently attached to
the sides and front. What happened was the metal along the bottom rim of
the top bent in (deformed as when hail dents your car roof) and I quit tryi
ng - it was apparant to me that all I was doing was deforming the top porti
on of the shell.
And that slight deformation is still there, but, unless you are looking for
it, you won't notice it since it is on the underside rim of the top panel,
and only about 1/4" in size - it also didn't scrap the porcelin because I
quit when I saw what was happening.
We have been having heavy rains here for three days and I haven't been able
to get the washing machine out to where I can get a really good look at it
all the way around. Tomorrow is a sunny day here in the Dallas metroplex
and I am going to drag it out onto the driveway and do whatever I have to d
o to get that dang top off - I am thinking I'll have to do like in that vid
eo, remove the console (find those pesky screws holding the console on), an
d then unscrew some hidden screws that will be exposed once the console is
removed, and then the whole shell (top, sides, and front) will come off as
a unit, leaving the guts of the washing machine out in the open. Then I ca
n see that nagging lid switch and decide what I want to do about it.
I went to a repair shop today in a local small town and they had those bump
ers for $2 each, so, I went ahead and bought them. I told the repairman th
ere I was having trouble getting the top off, and he suggested I use a putt
y knife, but when I told him I'd tried that and it wouldn't budge, he acted
like he was oh so busy and suggested he'd have to come out for a "service
call" to get the top off. I am realizing that repairmen only get paid when
they can come out and bill you for a call, so they just don't want to tell
any of their "trade" secrets. Well, I ain't gonna' pay no hundred dollars
when all I need is a bit of information and I can do it myself. I'll figu
re it out tomorrow come hell or high water.
Thanks for the replies - I'll make it a point to update this thread when I
finally get that top off - seems like some folks here might be interested.