How Do I Connect Flexible Pipe in Washing Machines?

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In order to function, all washing machines need to be hooked up to a steady supply of

hot and cold water via two flexible pipes. Drainage pipes provide a place for the used water to go. Many public washing machines let the outflow drain into a nearby

sink -- you can arrange for this too. Hooking up the pipes is a fairly simple process.

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  1. 1

    Check the water pressure of the pipes you plan to use for intake. All washing machines

    need a certain amount of water pressure to operate properly, or water won't flow into the machine.

  2. 2

    Screw the blue end of the flexible pipe (otherwise known as an inlet hose) onto the cold water valve if you already have hot and cold water valves. Screw the red end of the pipe onto the hot water valve. Tighten it with a wrench.

  3. 3

    Make the valves yourself. The easiest way to do this is to purchase a self-cutting valve, which lets you plumb into the pipes and connect to the intake valve of the washing machine. Fit the back plate of the valve behind the pipe, and then fit the top piece over it. Screw the parts securely around the pipe. Make sure the valve is off, and screw it into the assembly you've made. This creates a hole in the pipe, so if you misstep and have to detach the assembly, you'll have to be ready to plug the leak. Tighten the nuts. Screw the inlet hose onto the end of the valve.

  4. 4

    Set up the drain pipe. Make sure you have a waste outlet (washtub, standpipe, floor drain, etc.), and hook up the flexible pipe to the drain end of the washing machine.

  5. 5

    Set the other end of the drain pipe to drain into the outlet. To avoid any chance of

    siphoning, make sure that no more than a few inches of pipe end up below the washtub or inside the standpipe. A washtub should be as high off the ground as the machine itself. Secure the flexible pipe with tie straps.

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