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Washer Dryer Installation

Installing a washer and dryer yourself can sometimes be a tricky project, but if you have pre-existing plumbing and electrical work, it should be no problem for you to put these appliances in place by yourself.

Determining the Space Needed For Your Washer Dryer

The first step, and most important one, occurs before you even make your purchase. Be sure to measure the height, width, and depth of the space you will be putting your new washer and dryer in. If the area is tight, such as in a closet or bathroom, think about how you can utilize the space best. Consider the clearance needed to open the doors fully, which side doors should be mounted on in order to open, and whether your new machines should be top-loading, front-loading, or stackable. Also, make sure you measure the doorways and hallways the appliances will have to travel through to reach their final destination.

Read Installation Instructions

Instructions should accompany your machines, and most of the directions will focus on the removal of bolts and packaging. Be sure to remove all internal transit packaging, or damage may result from attempted use.

Installing a Washer

To install your washer, you will first have to connect your fill lines that connect your hot and cold water supply lines to the machine. Fit standard hose valves, with filter washer screens facing out, and connect the hoses to the hot and cold supply lines. Using regular washers, connect the other ends of the hoses to the machine. Hand-tighten these, then finish them off with a ��-inch turn with pliers. Be careful not to over tighten, and check for leaks before pushing the machine back into place. Drain hoses, which are generally 2-inch hoses designed to fit the standard 2-inch drain pipe, should have a built-in trap and be taller than the highest water level.

Installing a Dryer

For installing the dryer, allow 4 inches of clearance behind the dryer for venting. Use aluminum pipe with wrap joints and duct tape to connect your dryer's exhaust system, and avoid plastic vents and metal screws on the vent joints. Make your vent is as straight and short as possible. Drill your vent hole then cut it to the proper size with tin strips. To finish, level the machines by adjusting their legs and plug them into their power sources. Slide or walk them into place, being careful to avoid damage to flooring.