Washer Supply Fittings Loose

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  1. index1489

    index1489 New Member

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    Just had a new washer/dryer installed, during the installation I noticed when the installer tightened the new hoses on the water supply outlets, both outlets rotated slightly 20-30 degrees. I assumed these were sweat fittings and shouldn't be able to rotate like that.

    Grabbing the hose I can get both outlets to rotate in each direction 20-30 degrees, is this normal?

    The supply box is from IPScorp "Water-Tite" looks like this one.
    http://www.ipscorp.com/plumbing/watertite/supplyvalve/washingmachine/duall

    Place was built 2005-2006.
    Had the previous washer installed for over a year with no issues, this one for a couple of days again no issues noticed yet.

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  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Looks like the connectors are made to swivel.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; Looks like the connectors are made to swivel.

    NEVER!! If it was installed with plastic water pipes, or a "Sharkbite" connection, it will "wiggle" if the lock nut underneath loosened up.
  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    My bad! Thanks HJ, you got me again!
  5. index1489

    index1489 New Member

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    So it this something I should worry about or leave alone? Couple other people have told me if its a PEX connection it could move a little and be fine.

    "That a/w books looks correct to me , sometimes they move and sometimes they don't. As long as it not leaking, you'll be fine. I used to put hundreds of those in when I work new construction. Water-tite brand moves and others do or don't as well"

    "If I'm not mistaken, built in 06 would be pex. If that's the case, I wouldn't worry about them rotating, just keep your eye on them. I know shark bites you can move and they're still"

    "You could also have CPVC pipe. CPVC and Pex could rotate a bit but be careful you can damage the piping in the wall causing a water leak. Just a bit of advice, I would change the cold water hose to a stainless breaded also."

    Seems odd I know I have copper in the bathrooms when I replaced a couple of cartridges, is it common to mix PEX and copper in the same house?
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2013
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    You probably have a PEX system with copper connections to the faucets.
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