Tom's AEG and Equator laundry
Excellent! Another great new area on THS for sharing info. Let me add my voice to Jessy's, and say THANK YOU, SPIKE, for making this happen! This Forum section should make it much easier to explain, i.e. *illustrate*, a number of the issues that arise when designing and/or installing a laundry center... and will also be a much simpler solution for posting general photos than trying to edit and stuff everything into the FAQ. (Per my email discussions with a number of other Forum members, work on the FAQ sections is in fact still active, I just haven't had much time over the past year for Forum postings. Copies of all interesting threads and photos continue to be saved to my hard drive though, so one day the FAQs will again begin to grow, with all this great info!)
Anyway, to get this thread (and new Forum section!) started, here's an image I took awhile back, of the plumbing connections in my laundry closet. I have two Euro-size FL washers, an AEG 88840 and an Equator EZ3600CEE, and both share a single set of standard water hookups.
Note the homebrew brass Y-splitter, which provides cold water to both washing machines - the Equator 3600 is fed via the standard black hose, while the AEG 88840 is fed through the flood-protection gray hose (the small device on the end of the AEG hose senses any leaks, and cuts off the water automatically in case of trouble).
The AEG 88840 is a cold-fill-only machine, so there's only one connection to the hot water supply, for the Equator 3600.
A question that has been raised several times in these Forum discussions: can two washers share a single standpipe drain? Well, at least in this particular case, the answer is yes! Both the AEG 88840 and Equator 3600 use small "Euro" drain hoses, with a 1" outer diameter, and these will fit together (snugly) in my laundry closet's 2" standpipe drain. Most importantly, both washers pump out slowly enough to permit simultaneous drainage (not wanting a flood, I have of course tested this extensively, to be sure!). So, while this configuration wouldn't work with every type of washer (especially big TLers having high drain flow rates), it's been quite effective with my AEG and Equator.
The surge protector feeding the Equator is a Sutton SX-5000. I also have 240V surge protectors for my AEG set, not visible in this image.
The back of the washing machine in this photo is the Equator 3600. The AEG 88840 is to the left, out of the image frame, indicated by the slope of the upper/left drain hose.
Time permitting, I'll be posting many more images of my laundry setup in the days and weeks ahead. In closing, let me also give a special thanks to Louis, and the others in the early Appliances Forum threads several years back, for posting suggestions and ideas and photos of a multiple-washer laundry closet. I, too, can now officially testify that "parallel processing" rules! :)
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