Washer “wall outlet must not be located behind dryer.”

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We grow accustomed to the washing machine working reliably every day, which makes a water backup particularly frustrating. Often correcting the malfunction simply involves clearing a clog from the outlet pipe. Fortunately, simple tools and skills can spare you a wait for the plumber and return you to your chores before you're wearing the last clean socks you own. Hints for improvising the equipment you need to clear the clog are included (see Tips), so that you can clear the clog right away and throw in a load of wash before heading out to the hardware store to prepare for next time.

Recognize symptoms of an impending clog in your washing machine outlet pipe: The machine drains more slowly than before or does not drain completely. If the clog is caused by something solid wedging in the drain line, like a nickel or quarter, the resulting backup will come without warning. Often, though, lint buildup or other gradual narrowing of the outlet pipe comes with some advance...

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Bed bug infestations are on the rise in the U.S., and coming up with effective ways to deal with these nocturnal pests has become a big topic around the water cooler. Although bed bugs can hitch a ride on just about anything, including shoes, handbags and luggage, clothing is a common target. It's possible to eradicate bed bugs from laundered clothing, bedding and household textiles like drapes and area rugs, but it takes heat to do it.

A sustained temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit will kill all stages of the bed bug's lifecycle. Some experts suggest maintaining the heat for at least 20 minutes while others recommend continuing high temperatures for an hour. That's good news if you're trying to get bed bugs out of your clothes: Washing your clothes in hot water will probably kill them, and spinning your clothes in a hot dryer will certainly kill them. In fact, just stuffing your bug infested clothes in a trash bag, sealing it and putting it out in the sun on a hot day...

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Dryers have come a long way from the noisy, ugly, cubes of laundry days past. These days, you'll find bigger, bolder, more energy-efficient machines boasting game-changing smart features, entirely new levels of functionality, and designs so attractive, you'll feel guilty stashing them in the basement.

In other words, it's a great time to upgrade, or even purchase your very first dryer (I'm looking at you, laundromat junkies). Armed with the right information, you'll be able to make a purchase that feels even better than putting on a pair of socks straight out of the high heat.

Choosing the right type of dryer

There are several factors to take into consideration while shopping for a new dryer. How much do you want to pay up front? How much do you want to pay the power company each month? How much space do you have available? How important is the dryer's appearance to you? What sort of features do you want your dryer to have?

This guide will cover all of...

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Q. I want to install a washer/dryer in my co-op apartment. What should I know?

A. If you’re tired of traipsing up and down from your basement--or worse, back and forth to the Laundromat--you may be considering the addition of a washer/dryer in your apartment.

First you'll need to get your board's permission to do it, and then find a practical spot to install your new machines.

Here's a checklist of questions and answers to help you confirm that you're ready, willing and able to install that washer and dryer in your city apartment.

Will my co-op allow a washer/dryer?

Many New York buildings (rentals, co-ops and condos) won’t allow washer/dryers, period. Some co-ops (and condos) will allow it on a case-by-case basis. Though it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask, be prepared for a negative answer based on the age and plumbing conditions specific to your building. (FYI, here's what can happen if you go ahead without permission.)

There’s often a...

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People always use a “pinch” or a “splash” of a cleaning product. If the walls are terrible, then you need to add more than a pinch or splash.

You need:
*A bucket sponge mop and regular sponge
*Hot water (Don’t burn yourself!)
*2 cups of Original Scent Pine Sol

I would first pour uncut ammonia in a spray bottle and spray the walls down. I would then scrub hard spots. Then I would use the Original Scent Pine Sol mixture and dunk my mop in there, squeeze the excess water out – and go to work.

After the walls are completely dry, “eye” the walls. Go back with your ammonia filled spray bottle and go over any other visible spots. After you let the room air out, eye the room one more time.

Quick tip: On occasions, wipe down the walls with Pine Sol to keep the walls fresh and clean. The smell is sensational. Don’t be afraid to use a large amount of the Pine Sol. If you don’t like the smell, use the...

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Go for a combination. Air drying is always a good idea, however...

Wet dishes will attract dust and pollen (as well as all the other things flying around in a kitchen) in the air. That stuff settles and, as the dish dries, becomes caked on. It's usually not an issue, it's the same things you inhale when you walk around, but on a particularly dusty or pollen-y day you can nicely yellow up your plates in a place like Dallas, TX.

Towel drying, on the other hand, does what Jim and Garrick worry about - if your towel is infested so will your stuff be.

Instead do the middle-ground. After washing and setting out to air dry your dishes wet down a rag and stick it in the microwave for 15 seconds on high. Let it cool down a little and use that to wipe off the water and remaining soap scum from your things. This will not only kill nasties while you microwave, it also gives silverware and plates a nice shine and allows them to dry...

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Its not the same everywhere, that's one of the reasons we travel! They wouldn't offer a dryer because they likely don't have one and don't see the need for one. When we came to France 14 years ago virtually no one had a dryer.

In many European countries there is not enough room for two machines, and a dryer is less useful than a washer. Many people here hang their laundry rather than put it in a machine. Air dries clothes pretty well, and has done so for a long time.

Machines do exist that will wash and dry - not very quickly, but it does offer the possibility of drying clothes.

You do need to remember however that they will normally dry only half a load - most dry by extraction, rather than by venting the air outside. The water goes into a drawer, which must then be emptied. If you're in an apartment or a small house venting to the outside is not always an option.

Also you probably want to set the spin option as high as your clothes will accept. ...

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