We have a small budget ($4k) for home improvements. Please help me choose which would be better in terms of bang for my buck and energy efficiency. [more inside]
I followed this Youtube video to the letter. Once that little bolt comes out of the center the wash plate is supposed to lift right off. This one doesn't. I have tried to pry it off, I gave it a gentle whack with a rubber mallet... nope. I have closely examined it and there are no other screws or bolts. Anyone have experience removing one of these?
NewHomeownerFilter: Old washer broke. New one won't fit up our tight stairs, but the second-floor balcony has a door that's more than wide enough to accommodate it. Is there some kind of professional who could hook us up with a pulley or a hydraulic lift to get the new washer into the second floor from the outside? Or is that crazy talk? [more inside]
Can you help me with some DIY questions about installing a washing machine without a hookup? [more inside]
What is the sludge draining out of my front-loading washing machine? [more inside]
Settle a debate between me and my wife. She insists EVERY new article of clothing must be washed before wearing. T-Shirts. Underwear. Socks. All washed first. Even bed-sheets and towels (a not-yet-used comforter started this debate.) I say brand new out of package is as clean as can be. Who's right?
My gf's Kenmore 80 series top-load washing machine wouldn't spin or agitate, though it did (and does) drain. I replaced the motor coupler, which was obviously broken, and the machine worked fine for 3 cycles then stopped agitating & spinning. [more inside]
I can't figure out how to fix the leak where the drain hose attaches to the tub. It doesn't have a hose clamp like all of the instructions I can find online. More inside... [more inside]
After a year of normal functioning, my washing machine's spin cycle is not extracting properly -- but ONLY with flannel sheets. They go through the spin cycle, but the water doesn't extract. The wash drum has no puddle. Just the flannel sheets are soaking wet. Other types of fabrics come out normal, with excess water extracted. Towels, jeans, percale sheets come out normal. Small flannel pillowcases come out normal. [more inside]
This evening, while I was reading a terrible Victorian novel, both my washer (electric) and dryer (also electric) began behaving oddly. The washer made it through the first cycle, then died at rinse. I could restart it, but it would go a couple of minutes and then, again, stop working at rinse. I then discovered that my dryer would make vague "I'm turning on" noises, but not remain on unless the button was held in (and even then, it would make noise but not do anything). [more inside]
Our 15 year old Maytag Performa is on life support. The brake assembly is failing, and getting at it to replace it looks like more of a project than I want to take on. Especially since I just replaced the pump in the thing. We don't need anything fancy. A basic top loader will work fine. Has anybody bought one in the last few years that they are generally happy with?
have two quick questions that I can't really figure out how to google:
my samsung washing machine has four spin settings: high, medium, low, no spin. It's possible to select none of these settings - what happens when that happens? does it default to something? no spin? something else?
what happens if the washer is set to spin-only and then no-spin is selected? Does it just do nothing? The washing machine display shows an 2 minute estimate for doing that and I'm curious what exactly happens. does it drain the washer?
I moved into a new building a few months ago, and since then the washing machine (new GE top loader, stacked with dryer) has been busily destroying everything I own. Towels and sheets come out frayed, sweaters and t-shirts sprout holes, a cuff has just gotten half-ripped from its sleeve. Please help me figure out how to protect my stuff before it's all destroyed. [more inside]
I have a high efficiency washing machine that shakes our pipes loudly when it takes its incessant micro-sips of water. Does anyone have experience adding hammer arresters like these to their washers? [more inside]
Moving into an apartment with no laundry; landlord has OK'd getting a portable washer / dryer unit. What should we consider? [more inside]
I recently moved into an eco-friendly apartment building, and my unit has this high-efficiency Whirlpool washer. I foolishly did not consider how having this type of washer would impact my lifestyle- namely, that there is no way it can accommodate my full-size comforter. I really do not want to drive down to the laundromat every time I have to wash my comforter. If you have a HE washer, how to do work around this issue? Are there thinner, more heat-insulating comforters out there? [more inside]
I moved to a new place with in-unit washer and dryer a few months ago. Since I started using those machines, my button-down casual and dress shirts come out of the laundry extremely wrinkled. Jeans also end up wrinkled enough that they usually require ironing. I've almost never had to iron clothes in the past. Now I spend quite a bit of time ironing everything, and it's especially difficult and time-consuming because the wrinkles are so severe. How can I stop this from happening? Ideally I want to go back to those blissful days of not ironing at all. A few pertinent facts inside. [more inside]
My Kenmore washer/dryer combo is model no 110 99575100. It's so old that I can't find the specs, or a manual, either from Sears or Google. Can the hive mind help? [more inside]
I purchased this pressure washer a little over a week ago and although I've gauged my water flow rate to be over 4.5 GPM (this requires 2 GPM), I keep getting pulsing/variable action from the motor when using a high pressure setting on the spray wand even after trying all troubleshooting steps listed in the manual (see below). Should I be calling the return hotline ASAP? [more inside]
I have just finished knitting a bunch of synthetic yarn scarves and I need to wash them. The difficulty is that our washing machine doesn't have a delicate cycle. It has temperature settings, load size settings, and then two sections - "whites - regular" or "casual - pulsed" - the whites section has 4 settings from heavy to extra light, and the casual section has 3 settings from heavy to light. I'm putting the scarves into individual pillowcases to keep them from getting wrapped up on the agitator post and stretched around. I already know all about how to lay them to dry, just unsure what washer setting to use.
For reasons, I have to pull a stackable washer/dryer set out of the closet it's installed in, and I have to do it by myself. I want to learn from your mistakes. [more inside]
I would like to buy a used washer/dryer and thought I'd pick your collective brains. I've been in apartments with coin op laundry for so long the thought of buying a washer/dryer is daunting. I looked on craigslist and there are scads and scads of washers and dryers and the prices run from stoopid cheap to stoopid expensive. [more inside]
Best solution for touching up appliances? [more inside]
We have a 9-year-old front-loading Kenmore washing machine that has for the last month been giving off a musty/moldy smell. We've tried everything we can think of, cannot make it go away and cannot identify the source. What's going on and what should we do? [more inside]
Do I dare try replacing the door gasket on my frontload washing machine? Photo of damaged gasket. It's not supposed to look like a ruffle. It's supposed to be smooth. The damaged occurred when I was washing a duvet cover and sheets. The load became very unbalanced and the machine leapt and jumped. Has anyone ordered the part and done a successful DIY repair? Or should I pay a service tech? The machine is a Maytag MHWE200XW00. It looks like we could get the gasket shipped for about $120.
Looking for some advice for buying a refrigerator, washer, and dryer for the first time. [more inside]
My washing machine (a top-loading Maytag Centennial similar to this one, about 3-5 years old, I'd guess) sporadically leaves clothes dripping wet after the whole cycle's done. Other times, it works perfectly and spins the load to a much more reasonable level of dampness. [more inside]
Washer and Dryer recommendations needed [more inside]
Our washer & dryer are a stacked set of Frigidaire Gallery front-loading machines. The washing machine, which is 10 years old, just gave up the ghost. We'd like to replace it, but they don't currently sell a Frigidaire model that is designed to be stacked with our Frigidaire dryer (which is only 3 years old, and working just fine). I can't seem to find an appliance store that will sell us a different brand of washing machine, because they say it's not safe to stack mismatched units. Is there any way we can do this safely, so we don't have to replace a perfectly good (and expensive!) dryer just to replace the washing machine? [more inside]
What's a good combo washer-dryer available for purchase in the US? [more inside]
Long wash times and wet clothes with a Samsung front-loading washing machine -- please help! [more inside]
Should I buy a washer/dryer from someone who smokes? [more inside]
Small Scale Egg washing solutions for a small coop worth of eggs. (~24 Hens) [more inside]
Help me decode the clothes washing settings on the washing machine in my new flat. [more inside]
I need to clean my deck which was pressure washed about 5-7 years ago. I want to paint it afterwards and am wondering which option to take for the cleaning. Rent or own? [more inside]
What's the object in this picture? It's an angled piece of metal with hooks at both ends, and two rubber bands connecting the hooks with a metal washer. It was found at a vacation rental property after vacationers checked out.
Thinking through pros and cons of stacking our washer and dryer. [more inside]
I'm tired, I'm sick, I was trying to do a load of clothes before I went to sleep, but my washing machine had other ideas...it agitates fine but won't spin. What do I do??? [more inside]
Mrs Monkey and I are moving across town sometime this month. We're okay with moving the carload stuff ourselves, and we'll pay off some friends to help us shift the furniture in and out of a uhaul for us, but how should we move the giant chest freezer and the washer/dryer set? [more inside]
Seeking a stacking compact washer/dryer set for a very shallow space. [more inside]
I replaced the water level pressure switch on my GE top loading washing machine (whdsr209daww) - but I didn't fix the problem. What now? [more inside]
I just moved to Europe from the US and used a front loading washing machine. Both pairs of pants in the last load now have tears along the sides of the back pockets. Argh! What am I doing wrong, so I can fix it for my next load? What else is essential information for front loading washing machines? Anything I can do to salvage the pants? [more inside]
I'm looking to control the flow to the hot/cold water inputs into my washer, with a twist. [more inside]
Help me identify the settings on my new (used/old) washing machine. Please? [more inside]
We hooked up a clothes washer in our new condo, but my wife remembers the original home inspection indicating that the water pressure was too high for the washer, and that we would need to adjust it first before first using it. [more inside]
I am trying to set up a washing machine in our basement. The washing machine we have uses a 120v plug. However, there is only one 120v outlet in the basement and it is pretty far away from the water hookups. Help me find a solution! [more inside]
My front-loading washing machine smells bad, and makes my clothes smell bad. It smells mildew-y or like a sour dishcloth, and has imparted sour dishcloth smell to my favorite black (i.e., can't be bleached) pants. [more inside]
My landlord installed a washer in my apartment...incorrectly. Now I have ruined clothing, do I have a right to ask for compensation? [more inside]
Is it okay to place a washer and dry opposite of where the connections are (The dryer is electric)? [more inside]
Washer and dryer shopping has me completely overwhelmed. I need guidance to see through the soapsuds. [more inside]
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