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

Steps for Hooking Up 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 1⅝-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.

Tools Needed for This Project