• In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey re-plumbs a washing machine.

    1. Turn off the hot and cold water leading to the washing machine.
    2. Move washing machine out of the way and build a wood-stud wall against the basement wall.
    3. Attach plywood panel to the upper half of the wood-stud wall using 1-inch screws.
    4. Run new hot- and cold-water copper pipes to the wood-stud wall.
    5. Extend hot- and cold-water copper pipes down the face of the plywood panel.
    6. Install a washing machine valve to the ends of the water pipes.
    7. Replace old rubber washing machine hoses with braided stainless-steel hoses.
    8. Turn on the water and open all valves. Check for leaks.
    • Difficulty: Moderate to hard
      Requires advanced plumbing skills, including soldering

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      Shopping List

      2x4s, used to build wood-stud wall behind washing machine

      ½-inch plywood, forms mounting panel on wood-stud wall

      2½-inch crews

      1-inch screws

      Copper pipe and assorted fittings

      Lead-free solder and flux

      Emery cloth

      Washing machine valve

      Braided stainless-steel washing machine hoses