How to install the Dyson DC07 Cyclone Bin Flap Catch: You need to replace the bin flap catch (clip) on your DC07 when the flap no longer closes and stays closed.
If you open the flap and look for the little black spring-loaded titling clip, it has a hook on the bottom of it that breaks occasionally. This is the little spring clip that keeps the bin flap closed that sits at the very bottom of the cyclone and is pushed by the rod. Most people will only sell you a complete cyclone unit when you only actually need this little part. Most people tell you this part is not available on its own; that’s not true — we’ll tell you where to get one from for pennies later.
The part you are replacing looks like this:
Replacing or swapping the bin flap catch on a DC07 cyclone needs to be done in a particular way in order that you do not damage the slim plastic bit on the bottom of the cyclone that holds it in place.
First, grab yourself a pair of circlip pliers. (These are the “odd” looking flat pliers that have strange little tips on them called circlip pliers. These pliers have long springs loaded into the handle, and when you squeeze them, they open up, or spread apart instead of close.)
Do not insert the tips by the pivot point on the clip — that will break the cyclone. Instead, insert the plier tips in exactly the point shown on the picture here:
You are going to expand the plastic just in front of the pivot point, and expand the plastic, by default, at the pivot point as you do so. Squeeze ever so slightly on the pliers, whilst pulling gently on the clip you want to remove and it comes out like this:
Some people like to dowse the area with a little boiling water before they do this in order that the plastic is more pliable.
Fitting your new one is simply a reverse procedure of removal. Be cognizant of where the little spring sits before you remove it so you refit it in the correct place.
If you want to change this little clip on your DC07 cyclone unit, Dyson “official” dealers or new parts suppliers do not sell them. They prefer to sell you a complete cyclone unit. You can get them recycled however, you can get one from Manchester Vacs here: Dyson DC07 Bin Flap Catch. Non UK shipping is no problem, you can order from overseas from that page as well.