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spinoff Laundry: how to install in barn?

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  • spinoff Laundry: how to install in barn?

    I have an extra washing machine, and I want to put it in the barn-- I'm tired of haulling pads 300 ft to the house.

    The DH is grumbling about this but I don't see the problem. We have 120 v electrical to the barn and one frost free hidrant. Plus it would clear out space in our garage where the extra washer sits unused.

    Is it possible to hook up a washer with our set up, and how? I would not use it in the winter, but is there anything that would need to be done besides draining it in the fall?

    I need some ammunition to convince my DH, and if that doesn't work I just might do it myself
    "Bold Words was classier than all his competition. Straighter knees and a slim, elegant neck." -Nan Mooney My Racing Heart

  • #2
    Do you want hot water to the washer? Then that means some additional work. Otherwise you could go out and get some Y fittings with valves and hose and just drain the thing out into a flowerbed and you'd be done. Don't wash too frequently though, as the detergent residue can get a little icky.
    Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
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    • Original Poster

      nope, don't need hot water. good point about the detergent. We have a natural grade away from the barn so I think the water draining will be easy, but it would be into the pasture. Maybe i'll buy mild detergent-- I don't use much with pads anyway as I have a sensitive TB and residual soap makes him itchy.

      I did convince the hubby to build a tack room with me over the weekend, but he's still grumbling about the washer... go figure

      Thanks for the advice!
      "Bold Words was classier than all his competition. Straighter knees and a slim, elegant neck." -Nan Mooney My Racing Heart


      • #4
        Originally posted by ReSomething View Post
        Do you want hot water to the washer? Then that means some additional work. Otherwise you could go out and get some Y fittings with valves and hose and just drain the thing out into a flowerbed and you'd be done. Don't wash too frequently though, as the detergent residue can get a little icky.
        This is basically what I did. I had space near an existing faucet, got a fitting to divide water flow in two, bought a washing machine hose and stuck the drain hose out the window. Have had it for more than two years now. I ride and show three horses so I have more dirty saddle pads than most. Have had it for 2+ years now. I wash about three loads a week on average, probably. Definitely more in the summer than the winter. Freezing is not usually a problem for me as I am on the Texas gulf coast. My washer drains to a garden area and now that we're in a drought, at least that's one place I don't have to water! No issues with detergent residue.

        I got mine used for $150- there are many guys who take in broken machines and fix and resell them. If you're patient, sometimes you can get a large capacity one. I figure as little as it gets used (compared to home use) it should last a long time.
        Donerail Farm


        • #5
          My washer must be hooked up for each use. I have the fitting to combine the hot & cold into one and hook it to a garden hose. I purchase a longer drain hose that runs out onto the ground. Everything is washed in cold water. During the winter, I use RV antifreeze in the machine so it does not freeze and burst.