Fads to Obsessions and Beyond...


Free domain for life, exceptional technical support, website transfer

Tear Downs - Simpson Clothes Dryer

WARNING: No power should be applied while dismantling the consumer product, appliance, machine, etc and be particularly careful of any big capacitors (e.g., especially in microwave ovens) which could still have a charge (using a insulated handle screwdriver, short out capacitor terminals.

SAFETY FIRST: If you are going to dismantle a consumer product, best to wear gloves, eye protection etc.

This is a Simpson Clothes Dryer that had a broken front glass/plastic window, which while still working electrically, the cost of a replacement window was nearly the same as a new dryer, so was donated for salvage by a friend, rather than going to landfill.

A couple of screws allowed removing the front door/window.

There was a "sneaky" hidden screw under the name badge, which after removal allowed taking off the front "control panel".

With the "control panel" removed, then could access the screws to remove the timer and starter switches.

A number of screws and plastic covers at the rear of the appliance needed to be removed to further access other screws for dissassembly.

With the rear plate removed, could then remove the blower fan.

There are four screws holding a plastic cowling at the back of the clothes drum.

Remove the belt drive between the clothes drum and the electric motor.

The clothes drum removed - must be useful for some project!

Finally, the electric motor. This was pop-riveted to the sheet metal body of the clothes dryer. I cut this out leaving a section of the sheet metal to act as a possible base plate, rather then drilling out the pop-rivets. The tear down is now complete. The "Salvaged Electronic Parts" Section shows the extent of the "booty"

The "booty" collected:

The main salvageable item is off course the electric motor. However, the sheet metal clothes drum looks like it has a lot of potential. Also, the actual pressed sheet metal shell that formed the body of the clothes dryer was cut into sections with an angle grinder. This sheet metal was used to produce custom enclosures for various other projects, such as the pump timer for the hydroponics system.


No comments yet.

Add Comment/Question

Only Logged-In Members can add comments

"If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires".

Please donate any amount to help with hosting this web site.

If you subscribe (only $2/annum) you can view the site without advertisements and get emails abouts updates etc.