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Offline rozel

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DC15 Animal
« on: June 28, 2019, 01:39:58 PM »
Hi all

After successfully stripping down (in part), thoroughly cleaning everything and replacing filters etc for a DC16, a DC01 and a DC07 Animal, my attention is turning towards our DC15 Animal.  The information on here together with the support of Mcr Vacs and advice on this forum has been superb and I would like to thank you so much.

The information regarding stripping down my DC15 Animal seems to be limited to the very thorough thread, which focuses on photos.  I rather like videos however and have searched in vain for something which could help me more.  That said I'm sure, with help of the thread just mentioned, I'll not have any great difficulty as this hoover is in good condition and everything works.  I know the DC15 and its variants are more difficult to deal with than the ones I have just finished sorting but I have a number of questions, which hopefully someone can help me with please.  These are: -

1. What is the difference between a DC15 and a DC15 Animal?  I know there are other variants too but it's the difference between these 2 machines that interests me.   

2. How do you replace the Post (HEPA) Filter?  Please see pics 3 & 4 below - I am having difficulty in removing the cover and don't want to force anything in case I break something.  Indeed, I'm bound to ask if this filter needs replacing/washing?  I think I've read somewhere that a blocked Post Filter, can lead to dirt build up, it can lead to air escaping through a valve and can cover the PCB in dust - am I right with my thoughts please?

3. Please refer to pics 1 & 2 - as you can see the base plate and roller brush(es) are in good condition.  However I have been unable to remove 3 of the 5 cross-head screws as they are totally rusted.  I would saw a slot in them and remove them with a flat-bladed screw driver if I could, but they are sunk into the base plate.  God knows why they are rusted and you may ask why I want to remove them.  This is because I would like to get to the top-right small grey wheel in pic 1, focused more in pic 2.  As you can see it has a "flat" on it, caused due to the fact that it is seized solid.  Is it removable?  Is it replaceable?  Or if not, how do I unseize it?  In the latter case, if I can, I might simply coat the rusted screws with rust remover / Hammerite and leave everything in place.  Are the 5 screws replaceable? - they seem to be different sizes.

Many thanks again for your help and assistance


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Re: DC15 Animal
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2019, 03:25:50 PM »
1) The animal was lavender and had a HEPA post filter.

The yellow and white one might have a pad filter. That's about the only difference.

2) There are three pegs to release; one is behind the hose. You replace them, don't wash them. Your thoughts noted are right enough.

3) Everything is replaceable. I'm just about to put a job lot of DC15 heads on eBay as it goes......

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Re: DC15 Animal
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 05:24:48 PM »
Thanks, much appreciated.

Got to HEPA filter but would still like to know how to remove base plate screws without having to replace whole Head unit

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Re: DC15 Animal
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2019, 03:02:19 PM »
That's a bit more awkward. Trial and error as you suggested really. Maybe easing oil and see if you can get some traction on the heads a few days later.

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Re: DC15 Animal
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2019, 12:20:03 PM »
Did you remove the Brush bar motor? If so how did you get the wires back in place to close it all up again? I'm on day 6 of trying to figure it out. I'm sorry. I probably sound crazy but I just can't figure it out.
I just want my DC 15 back together so I can vacuum my house. 😬🤞😂

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Re: DC15 Animal
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2019, 12:59:26 PM »
Did you remove the Brush bar motor? If so how did you get the wires back in place to close it all up again? I'm on day 6 of trying to figure it out. I'm sorry. I probably sound crazy but I just can't figure it out.

No, sorry, I did not go that far.  I gave up trying to remove the base plate screws.  I simply coated them with rust remover a few times, then applied an enamel laquer.  All works fab now.

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Re: DC15 Animal
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2019, 09:42:34 PM »
The idea with the rebuild threads is their step by step, on everything. SO the next picture is the next bit you need to do.

However from memory it is a bit of a sod, are you meaning the part you have to lay over the motor falling off every time you take your hand off it? Drop of glue holds it in nicely whilst you lower the top cover on and screw it on. The picture on the re-assembly steps shows how it needs to be laid out and tucked in.

That's more in response to Abbi. Your issue sadly is brute force... If you can get hold of a new used baseplate, undo all the screws you can and literally bend it up and pull the screws out of the posts a bit. Then a pair of grips on the head and spin. Or cut the slots, and file the edges of where you'll go through the base plate down and fill with q-bond or similar, or lob a used baseplate on. There's not much else you can do really. In terms of replacement screws, Stu will have some he could send you.

Just don't snap any of the screw posts! Have fun...
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