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    • restless6
    • By restless6 6th Jul 18, 8:21 AM
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    Help with washing machine plumbing
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    • 6th Jul 18, 8:21 AM
    Help with washing machine plumbing 6th Jul 18 at 8:21 AM
    I need to plumb my washing machine in to a new house but it looks like it only has a hot water fill
    Is it possible to only use that ?

    I have a photo but don!!!8217;t know how to post it
    Last edited by restless6; 06-07-2018 at 8:24 AM.
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    • restless6
    • By restless6 6th Jul 18, 4:57 PM
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    Have you asked the landlord or agents about the plumbing? If not, ask them.

    There really is nothing to stop you doing what is suggested above in post 14 or post 15.

    Just add the required fittings above that service valve.

    You could remove them when the tenancy ends but frankly, in the unlikely event that your additions are noticed, a landlord would be foolish to complain as it adds functionality to the plumbing.

    You could just move the washing machine hose to the service valve if the blue coloured end fits the service valve. There should be a washer to make it water tight.

    Leave the red valve at the current 90 degrees to the pipe as that is the off position. Make sure it doesn't leak. If it does you need to fit a stop end. They only cost a pound or two and are easy to fit.
    Originally posted by Head The Ball
    I do not understand what the service valve is ? Sorry - plumbing is new to me
    • JohnB47
    • By JohnB47 6th Jul 18, 5:21 PM
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    The service valve is that chrome fitting on top of the left hand side vertical pipe. You can see part of it facing you has a slot in it.

    When you've connected your washing machine inlet pipe to the top of that fitting, you use a screwdriver (or maybe a penny) to rotate that slot by 90 degrees. That lets the water flow.

    What is maybe confusing you is that you have two types of service valve fitted. One with a slot and one with a (Red) handle. They both do the same job - they allow you to connect machine input hoses to cold or hot water and allow you to turn the water flow on/off. I have two of these fitted too but they are both of the same type - one with a red handle and one with a blue handle.
    Last edited by JohnB47; 06-07-2018 at 5:26 PM.
    • molerat
    • By molerat 6th Jul 18, 5:53 PM
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    One of these from Screwfix,, turn off water at stopcock and replace that silver valve. Also get one of these and put on that red valve to save any heartbreak. Your LL will never know and care even less, that service valve was likely the washing machine cold supply valve but has been replaced at some time.
    Last edited by molerat; 06-07-2018 at 5:56 PM.
    • eyeinthesky
    • By eyeinthesky 6th Jul 18, 6:14 PM
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    Hi, first of all let me say that I am NOT a plumber. The valve on the left is a 15mm x 15mm isolation valve. Your washing machine hose will not connect to that valve, as it requires a 3/4 inch fitting. You can check that the washing machine hose is fitted to a hot supply by disconnecting it from the machine and directing it into a bucket, then turn the little red valve inline with the pipe. If it starts to get warm, then it is a hot supply. You can change the other valve easily, if you have a couple of suitable wrenches, and you can get a washing machine outlet at any diy store, but you will have to turn off the main stopcock. As mentioned earlier, you will probably be able to use the existing nut and olive, so a minimum of work involved. If, however, the hose does not warm up into the bucket, then you are good to go. Finally, the main supply pipe at the bottom, below the main stopcock has a big "egg" on it, and I would worry that it is about to burst. Ask your landlord to send a proper plumber in to sort it out. Hope this is of some help to you.
    • Rodders53
    • By Rodders53 7th Jul 18, 2:53 PM
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    Finally, the main supply pipe at the bottom, below the main stopcock has a big "egg" on it, and I would worry that it is about to burst.
    Originally posted by eyeinthesky

    That's looks normal for a lead mains water pipe to stopcock to me!

    OP you are probably best to not meddle with Landlord's pipework in case of damage you'd be liable for if things go wrong. {Me? I'd do it as I know I am competent enough to do so safely.}

    But do request Landlord sorts out a proper cold water connection for the washing machine asap... Someone, it appears, has walked off with the olive and nut plus a bit of pipe (at least) from the top of that service isolator at some time...
    • eyeinthesky
    • By eyeinthesky 8th Jul 18, 6:25 PM
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    That's looks normal for a lead mains water pipe to stopcock to me!
    Originally posted by Rodders53
    Thanks for that!, I only have experience with copper, in my own property. Never seen anything like that before, . Apologies to the OP, if I caused any worry with my reply, .
    • southcoastrgi
    • By southcoastrgi 8th Jul 18, 9:19 PM
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    If you are sure that's the hot in your pic, then turn off the water & swop those two valves around so the one that's connected at the moment is on the left, hold the valve with some grips or similar & undo the bottom nut (anti-clockwise) & do the same with the other one, check the sink tap to make sure the water is def off & you will have some water there when you take the valve off
    I'm only here while I wait for Corrie to start.

    You get no BS from me & if I think you are wrong I WILL tell you.
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