By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Step 1 : Unplug and move the machine
Unplug the power cord of the washing machine and pull/push it away from the wall so you can reach the two water hoses that lead from it to the hot and cold hose bibs on the wall or by the laundry tub.
Step 2 : Turn off water and assess the job
Turn the water off at the hose bib behind the washer. Use the slip joint pliers to remove the hot and cold water supply hoses from the bibs. Be careful not to drop or lose the washers (round rubber disks) that are inside the hose fittings. There may also be a screen strainer in the end of the hose.
Step 3 : Install shock arresters
Install the shock arrester by threading the female end on to the hot water hose bib. Use the slip joint pliers to tighten the joint. Then install the other shock arrester on the cold water hose bib in the same way. Thread on the hot and cold hoses to the shock arresters. Make sure the washer and or strainers are in place inside both of the hose fittings. Tighten the hose with the slip joint pliers.
The shock arresters can also be installed on the back of the washing machine. This is a good option if the location of the hose bibs makes it difficult to install them. Tighten the arresters on hot and cold water inlets on the back of the machine with the slip joint pliers. Then attach the arresters to the hot and cold water hoses.
Step 4 : Turn on water
Turn on the water and look for any leaks. Tighten the fittings with the pliers if you find any drips.
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