My washing machine is a bit older, it has a steel or iron body (I can’t differentiate between iron and steel but I am 100 % sure that it is not plastic).
Actually the tyres of my washing machine were damaged by rust and also the base of tyres so it is very difficult for me to fix new tyres.
Every week we need to use the washing machinel we pick it up and bring it in open air where we have a water supply connection and washing space/area and then again we pick up the washing machine and take it indoors after finishing washing.
We have to carry our washing machine about 40 or 50 feet by holding/picking and as the washing machine is very heavy, one person cannot bear the load so at least two family members are needed to carry it.
If I place the washing machine permanently outdoors, to get rid of picking heavy loads again and again, how can I protect my washing from weather (rain and hot weather) so that machine doesn’t gets more rust and its electrical system also remains safe?
I don’t have budget to build a new wooden or concrete shade in my washing space/area.
So which materials can I use to cover my washing machine? Can I use plastic shopping bags?
The best "hack" I imagine is to bring a water connection and drainage indoors (where you already have electricity). It should be easier and safer, from all points of view.
Installing the machine outdoors has more than the problems you mentioned (rain and heat). Dust, moist in the air (rain not needed), fog. The greatest danger actually occurs in the winter: freezing. Not only that you cannot use the machine, the insides being blocked by the ice, but the ice will actually physically break the insides of the machine (especially tubes / pipes).
I can't differentiate between iron and steel
It cannot be iron, so it is steel - especially that washing machines are not made of cast iron.
Answered by virolino on December 5, 2021
Place the machine on a pallet and cover it with a barbecue large cover or a large mower cover. Keep it off the ground and that will let you get more years and use out of it. Good luck.
Answered by TOM McGarry on December 5, 2021
Shopping bags usually have ventilation holes so they are not very waterproof. Plastic sheeting might do, but will soon develop splits and tears. If you can't find a servicable tarpaulin (perhaps one that is no longer useful on a truck), I suggest a way to move the washing machine.
Lay the blanket on the floor. One person tips the machine from side to side so that the other person can work the blanket underneath, to get the machine in the middle of the blanket (side to side) but a bit nearer one end than the other, so that when it is tipped over backwards (next para) it will be central.
Then one person winds a corner of the blanket around each hand. The other person tips the machine back towards the first person, so it is supported by them, and by the blanket trapped underneath one edge. Then the second person winds the other corners of the blanket around each hand, and you are ready to go.
Moreover it is kinder on the hands, because you are not holding the sharp and uncomfortable metal edges of the machine.
Answered by Weather Vane on December 5, 2021
I suggest a Hack for easier moving as an alternate to a light-weight washing machine cover.
Consider moving your heavy washing machine a lot more easily [if a little slower] from storage to the washing space using rollers rather than the bad tyres.
You need two planks for either side of a "skid" to make a flat bottom surface.
You need four or five lengths of PVC drain pipe to make "rollers" instead of your tyres.
This is the way great stones for the pyramids and also quarry stones for Stone Henge in England were moved (I'm told).
Here's an illustration of very early work on one of the pyramids in Giza. Larger rollers and closer spacing make rolling easier over the ground.
Answered by Stan on December 5, 2021
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