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Old 05-13-2010, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Question Washer-dryer for apartment without connections?

My apartment doesn't have washer-dryer connections; instead there is a central laundry room in the complex where the machines are often not working. I have read that you can get machines that just hook up to the sink faucet for washing and maybe have a spin dryer. Does anyone have experience of these or anything similar that they could point me toward? Thanks
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:14 PM
 
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My apartment doesn't have washer-dryer connections; instead there is a central laundry room in the complex where the machines are often not working. I have read that you can get machines that just hook up to the sink faucet for washing and maybe have a spin dryer. Does anyone have experience of these or anything similar that they could point me toward? Thanks
if you have dish washer connections then you can theoretically hook up a washer dryer
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Thanks SteveArmy, but I would probably need help from the apartment maintenance for this. I would like to have a machine that I can set up by myself.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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start with this search
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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Try CompactAppliance.com for portable washers and portable dryers -- I don't have personal experience with any of these machines, but they seem to be fairly popular.
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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As far as drying does, is air drying an option? Our last apartment had a compact washer/dryer set that we could barely fit anything into and were easily overloaded, so that clothes would take forever to dry. So we just got a drying rack to air dry fast drying stuff. I can't imagine how well a compact 120V electric dryer would work, not to mention you'd still have to find a place to vent it.
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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You probably should check with the apartment management just to make sure that you are allowed to have your own washer/dryer. It's been many many years ago since I rented but at that time several places where I lived prohibited a tenant having their own washer - whether portable or not - because of the risk of water damage from improper hook-ups or overflows, as well as the issue of noise for the tenants who lived in the downstairs apartment.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Houston
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I will definitely check with the leasing office. I already am air drying. The last three loads washed well, but none of the dryers worked so I had all of my clothes hanging on door knobs, over furniture etc. I have a wire clothes horse that I have had since the 70s and that takes a lot of things. It just takes along time to dry everything and it is not very convenient.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I have the portable washer that wheels over to the sink, and snaps on to the faucet. I believe you have to change the screw on thing to have it connect. It works fine, does not leek.
Then I hang the clothes on the clothesline out the kitchen window, it is connected to a giant ladder in the rear of the yard.

Keep in mind an electric dryer will severly increase our electric bill, as anything to do with heat makes the meter spin around and around, seriously.

air dry the clothes, it is cheeper, and also green..
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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As a LL let me tell you about a tenant who put in a portable washer that hooked up to the sink. The hook up snapped onto the kitchen faucet. Unfortunatly, the hose split one day and the water damage was severe and extensive. The tenant went out while the washer was running. The tenant called me to fix the damage, as well as the downstairs. Needless to say, I refused to pay for damage caused by the tenant's negligance. I did repair and redo the downstairs and presented the bill to the tenant with the portale washer. She paid for the damage and remains a tenant today.
Just be aware of the potential of problems with less than ideal connections. Make sure the LL knows the washer is there and allows it. ( I did not know and would have refused had I been asked).
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