Can I use extra wire from two separate cables to add a washing machine in a garage?

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Once you learn the basics of how to use a washing machine, you’ll realise it’s not too difficult. This article gives you tips to use washing machines correctly, and explains what’s involved in running a washing cycle.

If you’ve just bought your very first washing machine, you’ll naturally have a lot of questions about how to get the best results from it – maybe you’re even worried about how to use it correctly at all! Have no fear, we’ve gathered tips on how to wash clothes in a washing machine successfully. You can also find out lots more handy tips on using a washing machine on the Surf excel site.

How to Wash Clothes in Washing Machines of Different Types

Fully automatic washing machines make things easy for you – all you have to do is add your clothes and detergent, and then choose the appropriate setting!

A semi-automatic washing machine is also a great labour-saving device for any home. Even better, you still have plenty of control over the...

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To ensure clean clothes, make the most of your washing machine. Research shows that practically everyone ignores most of the options available on their new machines and sticks instead with two: one programme for everyday washing and a hot-wash option for linens and heavily stained items.

Yet this is all such a waste. Selecting the correct wash cycle saves energy, saves water, and saves unnecessary wear and tear on your clothes. If you’re simply freshening clothes that haven’t been worn in a season, why subject them to an hour of agitation and hot water?

Select a wash temperature that’s as close as possible to the maximum wash temperature on the care label.

If you need that shirt this evening, you may need to select the quick wash programme (cycle), even if you know your garment could have got cleaner still on a full-length cycle.

Many people fail to realise that you have to take in two bits of information on wash labels: the temperature of the water and...

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My little hydroponics system uses a 55 gallon barrel for water storage. Water flows from the barrel through the plant trough by gravity and is then pumped back into the barrel. Any system is prone to leaks. Mine is more so than some. I have drips here and there from my plant trough. Evaporation and the plants themselves draw water from the system, too. I’ve had to add water ever couple of days to keep the level up.

We’re planning a vacation, however, and there’d be nobody to keep the barrel full. I needed an automatic system to do the job for me. Recently I disassembled an old washing machine and had the parts at hand that I needed to make an automatic system. A couple hours’ work this morning and now I have a system that will keep the barrel full while I’m away.

Here's a narrative description of this project. I've added pictures with descriptions to help explain. This project is one that will require a bit of hands-on know-how. It can be adapted to an assortment of...

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Here's an article that explains why HE detergent is important. I've just copied part of it, but the whole article is worth reading.

http://www.tidbitsandstuff.com/articles/...
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A front-loading washing machine needs a special detergent. It's called HE (High Efficiency) detergent. Without HE detergent your washer will not clean properly. Using regular detergent may even cause your front loader mechanical problems.

HE detergent is a type of non-sudsing detergent. In fact, while operating, the machine almost appears not to have any detergent inside.

An old fashioned top loader washes your clothes by constantly tumbling them through a full tub of water. Your front loader works differently.

In a front loader your clothes are picked up by the vanes inside the drum, lifted to the top of the drum, and then dropped into water laying at the bottom of the drum. This collision of clothes and water will dislodge the dirt from the clothing fibres....

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I'd have a 'high level' State Machine class which controls the entry/running/exit of each state (where states could be things like 'filling', 'washing', 'rinse', 'emptying', 'spin dry', etc)

Draw up a State Transition Diagram of all the states you need, including (for each state)

what requirements there are before you enter the state (entry conditions) what needs to happen when you enter the state (entry actions) what happens during the state (the task itself) what requirements there are before you can leave the state (exit conditions) what happens when you exit the state (exit actions)

You may or may not need the entry/exit conditions (e.g. you can force the conditions with an entry/exit action in some cases). For safety reasons though, some conditions can be good (e.g. exiting from a 'standby' state or entry into a 'dangerous' state like spin dry)

You also create Transitions, which define the links between states. A transition has

a 'from' state a 'to'...
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Article 210 provides GFCI requirements in 210.8 and AFCI requirements in 210.12. These requirements apply to 125V receptacles rated at 15A or 20A (circuits are 120V, but the receptacles are rated 125V). Any time we refer to a receptacle in this discussion of GFCIs or AFCIs, we are referring to this kind of receptacle only.

Article 210 frequently uses the word “outlet.” However, it's important to note this isn't limited to just receptacles. Article 100 defines an outlet as a point in the wiring system where current supplies a load. Although this definition includes receptacles, it also applies to outlets for lighting, paddle fans, and smoke alarms.

GFCI basics. Before we get into GFCI requirements, let's address two basic points. First, GFCIs do work on 2-wire circuits. A GFCI works by measuring the current on the ungrounded conductor and comparing it to the current on the grounded (neutral) conductor. If the difference between the two is greater than 4 to 6...

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