Plumbing in the Home/Washing Machine

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Hi Tom,

I hope you are having a good day.

I'm writing from Australia & need some advice.

My water pipe makes a noise when I'm working my washing machine. The washing machine rattles my plumbing, only when it closes its valves & not when its washing or spinning the clothes
It is a front loader & uses only cold water when washing.

I do not hear a noise in the pipes when I open my taps or use the dishwasher. Its only when I work the washing machine that a rattling sound is hear.

Would I be able to do a quick fix to resolve this problem or would I need to call a plumber to fix it.
Your advice in this matter would be appreciated.

Cheers
John

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Cheers John,

     I'm pleased to be hearing from down under..... you don't really need a pro for this fix.  The pipes are moving in response to the pressure change when the valve closes.  So you merely need to trace the water supply pipe from the washer to where it connects to the rest of the house and secure the pipe to whatever studs are available.  (That is the 2x4's). You can use plastic connectors if you like or copper ones... steel based ones are not a good idea because of electrolysis.  

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I am experienced at troubleshooting and solving all types of plumbing problems. Issues related to specific manufacturers fixtures and specifications though are beyond my field of expertise. I have dealt with problems in both rural and urban areas, and with water supply and drainage systems. Plumbing issues can be very obscure... such as odors, stains or occasional seepage. I have even had to chase rats from a customer's sewer line.

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I have 25 years experience dealing with plumbing systems (which also includes hot water and steam heating systems). My main expertise is in diagnosing and solving problems. I have worked in construction and installation of new systems but do not regard myself as an expert in that area.

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Asbury Park Press, Seattle Times, Denver Post.

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I completed high school and one year of college. I served 4 years in the Marine Corps and have education in electronic and electrical troubleshooting and repair. I have attended classes on installing and repair of oil burners, and I have EPA universal certification for air conditioning and refrigeration. I am now enrolled as a full-time student at Everest college to re-train for a new career. Any donations of financial support would be greatly appreciated.

Past/Present Clients
All of Denny's Restaurants in NJ, Several Burger King stores, I have done work at two different homes for Bruce Springsteen. I have also worked for Jim Johnson (of J&J) and his family, Whitney Houston, Steve Forbes and many others.

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