/ Installing washing machine

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Indy - on 24 Jan 2013
Looking to upgrade a very well used washing machine.

Turns out the best price is offered by company that charges an arm and a leg for installation.

Could (should??) an average person be trying to do the installation?
Toby_W on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy:

There are only three or sometimes two pipes to connect.

Hot, cold and out. They just screw on and the only hard thing is moving the thing into the slot due to the weight of them.

Could you slide your old one out so you can have look at the connections and decide if you can do it yourself?

Cheers

Toby

Bobz - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy: as above - its fairly easy
tony on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Toby_W:

Most new washing machines don't even have a hot fill. Just make sure you close the tap on the fill pipe before unscrewing anything.
What Goes Up - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy: Remember to take the spacers (a few long screws) out the back as well before you use it, but in answer to the OP it's very simple.
EeeByGum - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Toby_W:

> Hot, cold and out. They just screw on and the only hard thing is moving the thing into the slot due to the weight of them.

Modern washing machines tend not to do hot these days.

To the OP - it is an absolute doddle. The hardest thing if you have a vinyl floor is not ripping it, but you can get away with this by using a little sun flower oil on the feet of the machine before sliding it in.
toad - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy: slight word of warning. Make sure all the joints aren't leaking/ seeping before tucking all the pipework away. Wrap all the threads up with ptfe tape
John_Hat - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy:

It's easy.

1) Turn off water to old washing machine

2) take old washing machine out, unscrew water hoses from back of old washing machine, leaving them attached to the wall.

3) Take the transit bolts(1) out (usually four, usually accessed from the back, however the manual will tell you exactly where and how many) from the new washing machine.

4) Screw water hoses onto new washing machine. DO NOT cross thread, otherwise you'll have water everywhere and have to go and buy some new hoses from BNQ for a tenner.

5) Turn on water.

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(1) S*dding great bolts stopping the drum and the hunk of attached concrete moving when in transit.
LastBoyScout on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy:

Same as above - doddle to install, take out transit bolts and connect cold feed and waste pipe and carefully push new machine into place, making sure you don't dent the front panel in the process.

Only thing I'd add is you may want to consider putting a proper stopper end on the old hot feed pipe, rather than relying on the little stopcock tap.
elsewhere on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy:
Does the delivery or installation include taking away the old machine?

The first time it was dead easy, but the last time was a nightmare because the new hose leaked and the supply tap was broken!

1) Before buying a leaky and then a working blue supply hose, look in the drum and you may find one came with the machine!
2) There's just the cold water supply and the waste these days.
3) Find the stop cock before number 4 happens.
4) If the plastic tap handle on supply is broken or spins you can still turn off the water using a screw driver (clockwise on metal screw head at centre of tap).
mkean - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy:
Whatever you do do not forget to remove the transit bolts!

Apart from that it is a doddle, probably worth making sure the water feed pipe isn't going to rub on any edges when installing it as you don't want to save up problems for later :-)
colina - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy: theres normally only one fill rubber pipe coming from the machine.
if you go to b@q you can buy a sleeve with a built in stop valve specifically designed for a washing machine that screws onto any cold copper supply pipe making the water tight joint (Phillips screwdriver no plumbing involved).
secondly plumb the waste water pipe into the waste outlet under the sink (plastic push on fittings)
thirdly . find a suitable electric socket and plug it.
finally if you have bought a new machine,dont forget to take the "transit "bolts which hold the drum in place during carriage.

goes without saying to check for leaks and run it through a cycle before the final fix.
ps .don't scratch your new tiles!
prog99 on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy:
Take note of any obstructions at the back before pushing it back in and dont just ram it back flush with the wall!

Central heating engineer cracked a pipe the day he replaced our boiler.
colina - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy:
forgot to mention to level it off with a spirit level or you may find your machine trying to get out the back door when its spinning..
toad - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to colina:
> (In reply to Indy)
> forgot to mention to level it off with a spirit level


crikey, I've never gone that far!
Philip on 24 Jan 2013
If you have delicate flooring in your kitchen you might appreciate someone giving you a hand to shift it.
grump gnome - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to Indy: Make sure that the outlet loop is high enough or the machine will not empty!

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