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KLO
Need to extend the faucet handles behind the washer
KLO

We have moved our washer/dryer into the garage. When the faucets for the washer were installed, they were put too low on the wall to be able to reach across the top of the washer to turn them on/off as I do after every end of use. Is there some kind of extension device that would allow me to attach it to each faucet handle (perhaps with something that attaches to the faucet handle and rises up above the washer) so that I could turn the faucets on/off without having to reach over and down behind the washer? I can reach them at the moment but it is a stretch for my 5'2" frame so I am just hoping to make this easier. We don't want to redo the plumbing so I will just carry on if there is no simple solution. Thanks!

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

It really shouldn't cost that much to raise the supplies to an adequate height, in fact, if you're moderately handy, this is something you could probably do yourself.

johnjh2o
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johnjh2o

If you turn them off after each use you should consider a single lever washer valve.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-1-2-in-Brass-MPT-x-MHT-Front-Operated-Dual-Washing-Machine-Valve-VWMDUAF3EB/205812092

dj1
Re: Need to extend the faucet handles behind the washer
dj1

Depending on your type of faucet, a sprinkler valve key wrench might work for you.

$5 at zoro.com.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry
KLO wrote:

Is there some kind of extension device...!

Yes. It's called pipe. Even the un-handy types can now do a lot of their own plumbing wok through the use of "Sharkbite" fittings. Check out a few YouTube videos about how to use them, it couldn't be any simpler or easier :cool: They're rated for in-wall use so that means they're a permanent fix.

Kudos on being smart enough to turn the washing mchine water off between uses :D I'll bet you're more than smart enough to do this plumbing job yourself too. All it takes is something to cut the existing pipes, one stick of the same piping to cut the extensions out of, 4 "Sharkbite" couplers made for that piping, and a way to re-mount the faucets. One lazy half-hour later you'll be done.

Phil

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