We DIYed our washing machine installation. It sounds easy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.
Buying our washing machine without installation
We bought our washing machine before renovation finished. We wanted to take advantage of LiveUp cashback by Lazada (non referral link, needed to put this for the nice SEO), which made it much cheaper than traditional stores like Gain City, which can hold your purchase for you until your home is ready.
Shops on Lazada don’t hold your order, they deliver ASAP because they have inventory/warehousing costs to pay if they store it for you.
So we bought our fridge and washing machine 2 months before our home was ready. The cashback was good, on top of the cash rebates via credit card.
But there was no installation, even though it’d have been free. We had no home so we couldn’t install it. We didn’t think it’d be a problem until we moved in.
Our washing machine installation guide
Without further ado, here’s our totally pro guide on washing machine installation, to do what everyone gets professionals to do instead. Because DIY is more satki.
Step 1: Remove the box and move the washing machine to the service yard
Straight forward enough. Actually we asked our ID for help, they were super nice to oblige.
Step 2: Remove the transit bolts at the back
Washing machines ship with some transit bolts at the back. Remove those.
Replace them with caps provided.
Step 3: Adjusting the washing machine feet
This is also an easy step. Just make sure the washing machine is level by screwing/loosening the 4 feet.
Step 4: Connect the washing machine pipe to the washing machine
Self explanatory. Our (Hitachi) washing machine pipe already had a mesh filter that either saves water or filters sediments.
Step 5: Get an adapter for the tap
The new service yard taps are the worst. They have a weird shape, so the typical washing machine hose doesn’t fit. Don’t jam your tap into the hose!
They also have water saving features, which is stupid because washing machines use the same amount of water regardless. They just take longer if the tap flows slowly, which causes more electricity consumption. HDB if you’re reading this, this is genuine feedback!
We rushed down to the 五金店 / hardware store to see if we could find something. We brought the whole pipe down, which was a good move because there’re a lot of adapters. Just test those available with the permission of the store owner.
We finally bought the correct one, which could fit if we removed the mesh filter. Luckily the adapter wasn’t too expensive.
Step 6: Screw the damn adapter in place
We didn’t take photos of the process because all 4 of our hands were busy. But you need to be careful when tightening the screws.
There’re 4 screws, at the 12, 3, 6, 9 o’clock positions. You need to tighten the screws in pairs, do them bit by bit. Tighten too much of any screw and the adapter becomes imbalanced and leaks water.
We had to do this for 15-20 mins. Very stressful. But finally we got it done.
Step 7: Put the washing machine drain hose into the discharge drain
Put the only drain hose left, the one where soap water is discharged, into the discharge drain. Of course, you’ll need to uncap the discharge drain before insertion.
Morale of the story – make sure you get someone to do the installation for you to save a couple of hours’ worth of backache and sore arms.
Or if for some reason you want to DIY install your washing machine, then read our guide and get cracking!