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Xist 04-04-2020 09:29 PM

How do I attach a handle to Mom's dryer?
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We had difficulty opening it when Mom first had it delivered. Not surprisingly, the plastic handle quickly broke. I put a hook bolt in one of the holes until I figured a better solution. That was a while ago and I have struggled with other projects.

Today my brother, with excessive energy, demanded to go to different stores. We kept saying that our sister wouldn't let us go to stores and he threw a tantrum. We had him get on his Fit board. I guess that he got tired because he eventually asked to stop and resumed asking to go to different stores.

I asked if he wanted to go for a walk and he excitedly indicated yes, so I took him for a 4.4-mile walk.

We are hot and sweaty and he is demanding to go to stores.

Anyway, on the way out we passed just over half of a tiny bottle of Purell, and on the way back I found this handle that doesn't match, but sure fits nicely!
It doesn't interfere with the seal! :)

Fat Charlie 04-05-2020 08:09 AM

Nice find! Looks pretty well attached as-is.

roosterk0031 04-05-2020 10:59 AM

Nutserts would be the way to go.

Piotrsko 04-05-2020 02:41 PM

Either spread the fingers in the latch or squeeze the male prong a tiny bit which should reduce the force required to open it.

Nice handle.

oil pan 4 04-05-2020 04:56 PM

I would weld it.

redneck 04-05-2020 06:06 PM


Sheet metal screws.


Xist 04-05-2020 07:18 PM

You know me, I have a problem with every solution! :)
It took far too long to find a straight answer:
"You can expect to pay about $500 for a complete setup, including safety equipment that will allow you to weld mild steel that is up to ľ-inch thick."
A Beginnerís Guide to Getting Started in Welding

What about a King-of-Random-style spot welder? Our old microwave is still in the garage.

Wouldn't sheet metal screws transmit dryer heat?

oil pan 4 04-05-2020 07:31 PM

Spot welders require minimum equipment.
Biggest thing is a 240v receptacle.
I got mine from harborfreight for around $160.
Don't bother with the 120v ones, they're a joke.
Welding is an expensive past time.

redneck 04-05-2020 11:17 PM


It looks like it’s a double wall door. Just use very short round headed stainless sheet metal screws that only pass through one side.

You don’t need to over think this.


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