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Old 01-22-2009, 09:39 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Nestor_Kelebay View Post
It's actually called a "packing nut", and you shouldn't tighten it any more than necessary to stop the leak.

For valves that are normally left open 24/7/365, it's so seldom that you need to tighten the packing nut that no one keeps track of it. If you use the valve on a regular basis, then there will be more wear on the packing and you'd need to tighten the packing nut more often. You might even have to replace the packing on a regularily used valve once or twice during your lifetime.
Thanks for the advice.

I could barely get my hands/tools into that tight space so any tightening was minimal at best.

I think with the vibration from the washer and the cold weather/water, it might have played small part in loosening up the nut...small possibility.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:11 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by handy man88 View Post
Why would it be necessary to have copper drain pipes?

I wonder if these super concentrated detergents are having an effect on pipes and clogging. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to run a cycle from time to time on hot/warm water only just to help dissolve some of this detergents that may not dissolve as easily as the less concentrated detergents.
Back when my house was built they used copper pipe. Now they use pvc.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:16 AM   #18
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The washing machine hose must not be extended by splicing and must fit loosely in the drain pipe assembly. Otherwise you can damage the washing machine. If you get overflow then the drain pipe needs to be upgraded or there is a clog.

Over the years with frequent use, drain pipes do suffer deterioration by detergent, more rapidly with dishwashers (dishwasher detergent).
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