RETROFIT! The occupant of this home in Payne called to inform me that the valve in the supply line to the washer was dripping. Usually, this can be solved with a slight tightening of the packing nut, but I wanted to get the valves up off the floor for ease of access in the case of an emergency. Plus, one of the valves had lost its handle, making it virtually useless.
My solution was to install a new washing machine outlet box with brass quarter-turn shutoffs. This unit is designed for new construction application (recessed in the drywall), but works just fine attached directly to the wall. I used quick-connect fittings to transition the 3/8″ copper to 1/2″ cpvc, and ran the lines up the wall to the outlet box. I also extended the 1 1/2″ drain pipe to the box for a good, secure connection. Finally, I replaced the old washer supply hoses (rubber) with new stainless braided hoses (color-coded for hot and cold lines). These are highly recommended over the old rubber hoses, which can experience blow-outs.
Last, I caulked around the hole in the floor where the pipes emerge, and insulated all the way up to the box. This job is good to go! 419-212-3200