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24 February 2010 @ 09:55 am
Adventures in Plumbing  
Yesterday was washing machine day! At last, given how much I dithered about what I was buying, if I was buying etc etc. Disconnected the old one Monday night, and discovered that the hot pipe tap was inadequate & water dripped out :/ It would be the hot one, wouldn't it? If it was the cold one it'd get plumbed back in & we could ignore it, but with a cold-fill only washing machine we needed to do something about the hot one.

Left it plumbed into the washing machine overnight, and then I went to investigate plumbing supply shops. First into Jewson that I knew sold some of that sort of stuff - but they had nothing to cap the end of it. But they said the Plumb Centre across the road would have stuff, I'd thought they were just a bathroom show room place, but it turned out tucked in the side was a counter that sold bits of pipe & fittings etc. Complete with a somewhat surly shop assistant chap who would probably have reacted OK if I'd been able to ask for what I wanted by name (and probably even better if I'd looked like I was a plumber!), but didn't really know how to deal with someone who had to describe the job she wanted done and ask what bit would work ;) But with a minimum of actual speech he managed to sell me a screw on metal cap for the end of the pipe.

And when I got home it even fit! But then I couldn't get it done up tight enough :/ My adjustable wrench only goes to ~3/4 inch, and this would need a bit over an inch. I managed to use a pair of pliers and get it so it almost didn't drip, but that's not really good enough for long term. I had assumed the washing machine fitters would have a decent wrench & could sort it out for me, but no luck there. I'm gonna go back out this morning and get a wrench and plumbers tape1, if I can (preferably from Jewson coz the staff were more approachable if I can't find what I'm after). And if not, then J gets to go to Focus & get stuff.

However! The washing machine arrived, when it was supposed to. And they took the old one away & fitted the new one (and it went through the door, just, without having to take the door off the frame, too). And I did the empty 90°C wash the manual said one should do first and it didn't leak and did fill & empty the water (and did spin). And the novelty has worn off now, I just want the plumbing fixed so I can return the tumbledryer to the right place & then I can go back to laundry just happening & not being a source of irritation.




1. Or whatever it's called - I wanna say 'teflon tape' coz I'm sure that's what we called in when we used it on HPLC machines in my year out job all those many years ago. HP1090s I think they were, I've not thought of them in ages, but that's what my original adjustable wrench was for (I've lost that one :/ but it wouldn't've been big enough anyway, it was for wee joints).
 
 
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hatter on February 24th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
Possibly Teflon™ more likely plain old PTFE tape. Try to look more like a plumber when you go back for some of that, post pics and let us know how that works out.


the hatter
Margaretpling on February 24th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Lol. No.

But at least if I have the right name for it, it'll help :)
Jonbigme on March 2nd, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
wouldn't a hot fill one be cheaper to run as you don't have to heat the water electrically?
Margaretpling on March 3rd, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
Well, that's what I would've thought, but apparently it's supposed to be more efficient to only heat up some water to 30 or 40 to do the laundry, than to heat your hot water up to 60 then cool some down. I've no idea if those calculations are supposed to be for combi boilers or just for ones with a tank or what. Most washing machines are cold-fill only now, so presumably there's some logical rationale, anyway ;) Of course even if it is more efficient, it doesn't mean it's cheaper. We'll have to see what our electricity bill does ;) (Might go down overall anyway, faster spin, don't need to run the tumbledryer so long).