McClean: RollerDrum BrushReplacement
So the roller drum has stopped doing what it does so well---that is, roll around a bunch of tubes. Why oh why is this happening? First thing to check (thanks to the all-knowing Dr. Silverman for letting me in on this) is if the motor brushes need to be replaced.
What, you ask, is a motor brush. The motor brushes transfer power to the motor's commutator. They do not, in fact, look anything like a brush. Some basic explanations can be found in the links below.
The are made of graphite, and push against the commutator. They are made to wear down, so they need to be replaced.
You will need the following to change the brushes in the lab roller drums:
- New brushes (Menards #66722 Brushes)
- Philips head screwdriver
- Flat head screwdriver
- 7/16 in. combination wrench (Can be checked out from the student shop)
- Beaker or similar to collect screws as your remove them
Everything is available in our lab's toolbox, except for the brushes and the combination wrench. The combo wrench you can check-out from the student shop with your Green Pass, or similar. The brushes are in the "spare parts" drawer, or you may need to order more.
- TURN OFF THE ROLLER DRUM AND UNPLUG EVERYTHING.
- Begin by removing the back cover of the roller drum. There are four screws to remove using the philips head screwdriver. Throw them into a beaker or something else so that they don't go rolling away.
- Once the screws are removed the cover should come off easily. Remove it gently so that you don't rip off the (green) grounding wire.
- Inside you will find the motor at the bottom, attached to the belt that drives the wheel.
- We need to loosen the motor by undoing the two screws that hold it to the casing. You will do this using the 7/16" wrench. See the pictures to locate the screws.
- Once the motor is loose, remove the belt. Find where the two brushes are located (see picture). The are directly across from each other and one is much easier to reach than the other. In fact, if you are lucky and only need to change the "front" one, you won't need to undo the motor from the housing. Use the flat-head screwdriver to remove the cap covering the brush.
- Remove the old brush. If it is worn down, replace it with a new brush. Replace the cap.
- Replace the belt. Reattach the motor to the housing. Use the wrench to tighten the two screws holding the motor to the housing.
- Replace the back cover.
- Voila! If it was the brushes, your roller drum should roll once more.
- What is a brush and why is it in a motor? How Stuff Works
- Lest you want to change the brushes on your washing machine's motor: Art of Doing Stuff's Explanation
- Manual for the TC-7: Roller Drum Manual
Please feel free to post comments, questions, or improvements to this protocol. Happy to have your input!
- List troubleshooting tips here.
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- Anecdotal observations that might be of use to others can also be posted here.
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*Megan N McClean 17:11, 7 May 2015 (EDT): This is a bit of a greasy job as you can see from my fingers in the above pictures. You might want to wear gloves. I preferred to just get greasy and then wash my hands, because it was easier for me to grab screws, etc without gloves on.
- Megan N McClean 14:01, 07 May 2015 (EDT)
or instead, discuss this protocol.