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How do you connect a washing machine to a kitchen sink?

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With a metal Y-splitter, plumber's tape, a hot water hose, some garden hoses and a couple of screwdrivers, it is possible to hook a washing machine up to the kitchen sink. This works much more easily if the kitchen faucet is threaded in the same pattern as garden hoses.

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Wrapping plumber's tape around a faucet-to-house coupler's threads and screwing that coupling into the kitchen faucet is the first step. Wrapping more tape around the garden hose coupler and screwing the female side of the Y-splitter (the one standing alone) into the garden house coupler comes next.

Now it is time to attach the Y-splitter to the hose coupling on the kitchen sink. Plumber's tape goes around threads on both of the joined ends of the Y-splitter. Attaching one garden hose's female end to one side of the Y-splitter and the other end of that garden hose to the cold water intake coupler comes next. Putting a male attachment adapter on the female end of the other garden hose is necessary. One end goes into the drainage hose coming from the washing machine, and following that with a hose clamp seals it tightly.

The hose connected to the drainage should have its other end in the kitchen sink's drain. It may be necessary to tie this in place so that it does not slide up out of the sink and cause a spill. The female end of the hot water hose should attach to the other neck of the Y-splitter. Plumber's tape goes around the male end of the hot water hose, which attaches to the hot water connection on the washing machine. Opening the valves on the Y-splitter and turning on the desired water temperature from the sink should precede running a test for all the connections.

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