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Old Dysons (DC01- DC07) Crack Fixes. The Best and Easiest way to Prevent Cracks Spreading
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Post# 408281   4/18/2019 at 15:20 (350 days old) by maxeley4103 (East Sussex, United Kingdom)        

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This is a quick and simple method for old Dysons. As everyone knows the older Dysons (Especially the British made ones) fade and become exceptionally brittle. Even us careful collectors can end up with cracks and splits in the plastics. If these cracks spread to much you can end up with large pieces of plastic breaking off making for sharp and ugly edges.

So what do you need. You will need, Toothpics or Ends of matches (which ever is to hand) and some Epoxy Resin or Acrylic Cement (Something like Gorilla glue).

The next part couldn’t be simpler. Mix the glue preferably do this outside or in a well ventilated room as most Epoxy trains come in two parts that need to be mixed in the correct ratio (FOLLOW PACKET INSTRUCTIONS). Using the end of your chosen spreading device apply a small blob of the glue around the crack and then spread it as evenly as you can along the crack going about 3 millimetres either side of the crack to make sure it holds. Do this of both sides of the piece of plastic (if accessible) you will then need to dry for about 24 hours

I hope this helps anyone worrying about severe damage to their old Dysons. This may not be the prettiest fix but it is easy and effective.

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Post# 408284 , Reply# 1   4/18/2019 at 21:33 (350 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Good advice! But I do a little extra. I try to fill as much of the crack as possible with super glue, align both sides of the crack and press it together for 60 seconds. Allow that to cure for a day. Then rough up the back side (the not-visible side) with some ~150 grit sand paper. Then I proceed as above. Has worked well whenever I've done it. Real strong repair.

Post# 408285 , Reply# 2   4/18/2019 at 22:08 (350 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Sadly too late for me with my DC07. It already broke in shipping, but then before I could fix it, I tripped over it one day and the entire rest of the housing just totally busted off. I have to look for a new hood eventually when I get to that point.

Post# 408358 , Reply# 3   4/20/2019 at 12:14 (349 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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At the Aerus dealer where I work, we have several Dyson DC07s that are almost completely shattered. You can pull the plastic to bits with your bare hands with relative ease. Truly junk.

Post# 408365 , Reply# 4   4/20/2019 at 13:03 (349 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Not junk, just Dyson didn't have the foresight to use plastic that was not chemically stable, so as it ages the molecules break down and it turns into Ming china. It's like ABS plastic that was in everything in the 90's from cars to computers, it turns yellowed and just falls apart.

Post# 408367 , Reply# 5   4/20/2019 at 13:55 (349 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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It is junk. All of my old Kirby's and Electroluxes don't fall apart, so why does Dyson? They cheaped out on the plastic. Give me my metal and high durability plastic any day!

Post# 408396 , Reply# 6   4/21/2019 at 11:20 (348 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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There is a few plastics with alot higher resistance than plastic. I agree the plastic Dyson uses is brittle as heck. I wouldn't call them junk alot of plastic vacs and they made best plastic crap. If they could have woven some fiberglass or something in plastic would have helped immensely. It is what it is.

Post# 408433 , Reply# 7   4/22/2019 at 09:59 (347 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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Also with Dyson's plastic is that they're one of the easiest to remove any paint marks off. Junk or not junk, it's still better than living in a home with no vacuum cleaner at all.

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