Axle End Cap

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Greg Esres, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Greg Esres

    Greg Esres Guest

    My local garbage collectors left a trail of destruction on last
    collection day. They apparently dropped my container from a great
    height, knocking off the axle with attached plastic wheels. In order
    to reattach the axle, it appears that I must remove a wheel and slide
    the axle in the plastic groove and reattach the wheel.

    I cannot see how to remove the endcap which holds the wheel on the
    axle. It resembles man's hat, with a wide brim, and pliers won't budge
    it. Could it be welded on? Any suggestions appreciated.
    Greg Esres, Feb 18, 2007
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    Nate Nagel Guest

    Greg Esres wrote:
    > My local garbage collectors left a trail of destruction on last
    > collection day. They apparently dropped my container from a great
    > height, knocking off the axle with attached plastic wheels. In order
    > to reattach the axle, it appears that I must remove a wheel and slide
    > the axle in the plastic groove and reattach the wheel.
    >
    > I cannot see how to remove the endcap which holds the wheel on the
    > axle. It resembles man's hat, with a wide brim, and pliers won't budge
    > it. Could it be welded on? Any suggestions appreciated.
    >


    I'm guessing this is a solid steel axle that slides through a channel in
    the plastic garbage can? And the axle and wheels are still assembled,
    but the whole assembly has come off the garbage can? Just press it hard
    into the channel it came out of, it will snap in.

    nate

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    Nate Nagel, Feb 18, 2007
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  3. "Greg Esres" <> wrote in message
    >
    > I cannot see how to remove the endcap which holds the wheel on the
    > axle. It resembles man's hat, with a wide brim, and pliers won't budge
    > it. Could it be welded on? Any suggestions appreciated.
    >


    Pry it or big assed pliers will get it off. Then it may be ruined so that
    means a trip to the hardware store.
    They are just push on, but they do hold well.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Feb 18, 2007
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    Bob F Guest

    "Greg Esres" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > My local garbage collectors left a trail of destruction on last
    > collection day. They apparently dropped my container from a great
    > height, knocking off the axle with attached plastic wheels. In order
    > to reattach the axle, it appears that I must remove a wheel and slide
    > the axle in the plastic groove and reattach the wheel.
    >
    > I cannot see how to remove the endcap which holds the wheel on the
    > axle. It resembles man's hat, with a wide brim, and pliers won't budge
    > it. Could it be welded on? Any suggestions appreciated.


    Grab it with pliers and twist it back and forth as you pull. It will
    come off a tiny bit at a time.

    Bob
    Bob F, Feb 18, 2007
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    Oren Guest

    On 18 Feb 2007 12:52:39 -0800, "Greg Esres" <>
    wrote:

    >My local garbage collectors left a trail of destruction on last
    >collection day. They apparently dropped my container from a great
    >height, knocking off the axle with attached plastic wheels. In order
    >to reattach the axle, it appears that I must remove a wheel and slide
    >the axle in the plastic groove and reattach the wheel.
    >
    >I cannot see how to remove the endcap which holds the wheel on the
    >axle. It resembles man's hat, with a wide brim, and pliers won't budge
    >it. Could it be welded on? Any suggestions appreciated.


    As suggested, try to force the axle back into the groove. If this
    fails and you damage the cap later I would suggest drilling a hole in
    the axle and use a washer and cotter pin to hold the wheel on.

    Those caps have little tabs inside to hold the cap on.

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    Oren

    I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison
    Oren, Feb 18, 2007
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  6. Greg Esres

    Guest Guest

    "Nate Nagel" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Greg Esres wrote:
    >> My local garbage collectors left a trail of destruction on last
    >> collection day. They apparently dropped my container from a great
    >> height, knocking off the axle with attached plastic wheels. In order
    >> to reattach the axle, it appears that I must remove a wheel and slide
    >> the axle in the plastic groove and reattach the wheel.
    >>
    >> I cannot see how to remove the endcap which holds the wheel on the
    >> axle. It resembles man's hat, with a wide brim, and pliers won't budge
    >> it. Could it be welded on? Any suggestions appreciated.
    >>

    >
    > I'm guessing this is a solid steel axle that slides through a channel in
    > the plastic garbage can? And the axle and wheels are still assembled, but
    > the whole assembly has come off the garbage can? Just press it hard into
    > the channel it came out of, it will snap in.
    >

    If it is like the one that came with this house, you can make the notch
    bigger by putting the can on its side, and applying weight near the top,
    with the slot paralle to the ground. Good job for the nearest kid. Then, a
    wood block and BFH should do the trick. A couple hours inside, or in bright
    sunlight, will likely make a difference this time of year- that poly gets
    stiff when cold.

    aem sends...
    Guest, Feb 18, 2007
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    DanG Guest

    These things are sometimes called pal nuts (there are other things
    called pal nuts also) or push-on axle nuts, pretty standard on
    kids toys and lawn stuff. They are hard to get off, and will
    probably be ruined in the process. They are definitely meant for
    one time usage.

    You should be able to get them at Ace hardware or you can drill
    the axle and install a washer and cotter pin to keep the wheel on.

    If the wheel/axle assembly came out without taking it apart, it
    should be able to go back together without disassembly, unless you
    fear that forcing into position will jeopardize the assembly.

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    "Greg Esres" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > My local garbage collectors left a trail of destruction on last
    > collection day. They apparently dropped my container from a
    > great
    > height, knocking off the axle with attached plastic wheels. In
    > order
    > to reattach the axle, it appears that I must remove a wheel and
    > slide
    > the axle in the plastic groove and reattach the wheel.
    >
    > I cannot see how to remove the endcap which holds the wheel on
    > the
    > axle. It resembles man's hat, with a wide brim, and pliers won't
    > budge
    > it. Could it be welded on? Any suggestions appreciated.
    >
    DanG, Feb 18, 2007
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    Deke Guest

    On 18 Feb 2007 12:52:39 -0800, "Greg Esres" <>
    wrote:

    >My local garbage collectors left a trail of destruction on last
    >collection day. They apparently dropped my container from a great
    >height, knocking off the axle with attached plastic wheels. In order
    >to reattach the axle, it appears that I must remove a wheel and slide
    >the axle in the plastic groove and reattach the wheel.
    >
    >I cannot see how to remove the endcap which holds the wheel on the
    >axle. It resembles man's hat, with a wide brim, and pliers won't budge
    >it. Could it be welded on? Any suggestions appreciated.


    No, it is just pressed on and can be forced off, but add a littlle
    adhesive because it is designed to be a one shot deal.
    Deke, Feb 18, 2007
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  9. Greg Esres

    Greg Esres Guest

    Nate wrote:

    <<Just press it hard into the channel it came out of, it will snap in.
    >>


    Tried that, even hit it with Thor's hammer....no go. :-(
    Greg Esres, Feb 19, 2007
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  10. Greg Esres

    Greg Esres Guest

    Edwin wrote:

    <<Pry it or big assed pliers will get it off. Then it may be ruined
    so that
    means a trip to the hardware store. They are just push on, but they do
    hold w>>


    Ok, thanks. I assumed since finesse wasn't working, there was an
    easier way. Guess brute force is the answer.

    Thank you
    Greg Esres, Feb 19, 2007
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  11. Greg Esres

    Greg Esres Guest

    <<Don't jack with the garbage can. Call the company. They'll zip
    right out with a replacement. Or not.
    >>


    That never occurred to me. I'll try that. Thanks.
    Greg Esres, Feb 19, 2007
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  12. Greg Esres

    Greg Esres Guest

    Bob wrote:

    <<Grab it with pliers and twist it back and forth as you pull. It will
    come off a tiny bit at a time. >>


    I'm sure I can get it off, I just figured I was doing it wrong. I
    gather there's no little tab I can press and have it fall into my
    hand.

    Thanks
    Greg Esres, Feb 19, 2007
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  13. Greg Esres

    Greg Esres Guest

    <<designed to be a one shot deal. >>

    Now that I know that, I'll just replace it.
    Thanks
    Greg Esres, Feb 19, 2007
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  14. Greg Esres

    Greg Esres Guest

    <<If the wheel/axle assembly came out without taking it apart, it
    should be able to go back together without disassembly, unless you
    fear that forcing into position will jeopardize the assembly. >>

    It was apparently dropped from a large height, which is tough to
    duplicate in reverse. I'll probably just replace the pal nut.
    (Thanks for the name).
    Greg Esres, Feb 19, 2007
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    Bob F Guest

    "Greg Esres" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Bob wrote:
    >
    > <<Grab it with pliers and twist it back and forth as you pull. It will
    > come off a tiny bit at a time. >>
    >
    >
    > I'm sure I can get it off, I just figured I was doing it wrong. I
    > gather there's no little tab I can press and have it fall into my
    > hand.


    You've got that right.

    Bob
    Bob F, Feb 19, 2007
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