Re: Lint filter for washing machine drain

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  1. 2 door

    2 door Guest

    "Harry Avant" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I would like to add a lint filter to the drain on my washing machine.
    > I've found a few but all state they are for use with drains running
    > into a laundry sink and NOT standpipe drains. My washing machine drain
    > hooks onto the top of a three foot high plastic pipe since there is no
    > sink in the area. Questions: why can't I use a mesh sock type screen
    > in this situation and is there anything designed specifically for this
    > type application?


    Lint filter doesn't stay free of debris, guess what happens?

    I'm also curious why you would want to filter waste water. Seems to me, it
    would be like wanting to filter toilet water. Sewers are there for a
    purpose.
     
    2 door, Jun 5, 2010
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    DD_BobK Guest

    On Jun 4, 5:30 pm, "2 door" <> wrote:
    > "Harry Avant" <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    > >I would like to add a lint filter to the drain on my washing machine.
    > > I've found a few but all state they are for use with drains running
    > > into a laundry sink and NOT standpipe drains. My washing machine drain
    > > hooks onto the top of a three foot high plastic pipe since there is no
    > > sink in the area. Questions: why can't I use a mesh sock type screen
    > > in this situation and is there anything designed specifically for this
    > > type application?

    >
    > Lint filter doesn't stay free of debris, guess what happens?
    >
    > I'm also curious why you would want to filter waste water. Seems to me, it
    > would be like wanting to filter toilet water. Sewers are there for a
    > purpose.


    I would agree with the other two posts.....why a lint filter?

    In my old laundry "room", recently decommissioned for some space
    allocation changes,
    I had a laundry sink where the sink drain had a "cross" feature.

    The cross inadvertently "filtered" the washer water, actually it was a
    PITA lint catcher that sometimes caused the sink to over flow. The
    new washer installation location has a 2" (in the wall) standpipe and
    after nearly a year of operation, no overflows. I guess the lint is
    going merrily down the drain.

    IMO your lint catching idea is a net negative.

    The discharge rate of an "old school" top loading washer is something
    like 20+ gpm. My laundry sink acted like a storm water retention
    basin. Filling up part way as the washer emptied, then draining after
    the washer was done.

    That mesh sock idea is a flood waiting to happen.

    cheers
    Bob
     
    DD_BobK, Jun 5, 2010
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    Nate Nagel Guest

    On 06/04/2010 08:30 PM, 2 door wrote:
    > "Harry Avant"<> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> I would like to add a lint filter to the drain on my washing machine.
    >> I've found a few but all state they are for use with drains running
    >> into a laundry sink and NOT standpipe drains. My washing machine drain
    >> hooks onto the top of a three foot high plastic pipe since there is no
    >> sink in the area. Questions: why can't I use a mesh sock type screen
    >> in this situation and is there anything designed specifically for this
    >> type application?

    >
    > Lint filter doesn't stay free of debris, guess what happens?
    >
    > I'm also curious why you would want to filter waste water. Seems to me, it
    > would be like wanting to filter toilet water. Sewers are there for a
    > purpose.
    >


    uh, you don't want soapy goo clogging your drains? POs of my house
    didn't believe in them either, apparently, and I cleaned the deep sink
    with a putty knife.

    nate


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    Nate Nagel, Jun 5, 2010
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  4. 2 door

    2 door Guest

    "Nate Nagel" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On 06/04/2010 08:30 PM, 2 door wrote:
    >> "Harry Avant"<> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>> I would like to add a lint filter to the drain on my washing machine.
    >>> I've found a few but all state they are for use with drains running
    >>> into a laundry sink and NOT standpipe drains. My washing machine drain
    >>> hooks onto the top of a three foot high plastic pipe since there is no
    >>> sink in the area. Questions: why can't I use a mesh sock type screen
    >>> in this situation and is there anything designed specifically for this
    >>> type application?

    >>
    >> Lint filter doesn't stay free of debris, guess what happens?
    >>
    >> I'm also curious why you would want to filter waste water. Seems to me,
    >> it
    >> would be like wanting to filter toilet water. Sewers are there for a
    >> purpose.
    >>

    >
    > uh, you don't want soapy goo clogging your drains? POs of my house
    > didn't believe in them either, apparently, and I cleaned the deep sink
    > with a putty knife.
    >
    > nate


    Uh, where does the OP say anything about a sink?

    What's your deep sink, have to do with their waste pipe?

    The previous owners could've had several problems.. Think outside a filter.
    Not enough rinse cycle, too much soap, malfunctioning washer, are prime
    examples. Having soft water, will cut your detergent in 1/2. Having to take
    a putty knife to clean soap, should've been the first hint there was a
    problem other than actually putting soap in the washer. Geesh!
     
    2 door, Jun 5, 2010
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    Nate Nagel Guest

    On 06/04/2010 09:48 PM, 2 door wrote:
    > "Nate Nagel"<> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> On 06/04/2010 08:30 PM, 2 door wrote:
    >>> "Harry Avant"<> wrote in message
    >>> news:...
    >>>> I would like to add a lint filter to the drain on my washing machine.
    >>>> I've found a few but all state they are for use with drains running
    >>>> into a laundry sink and NOT standpipe drains. My washing machine drain
    >>>> hooks onto the top of a three foot high plastic pipe since there is no
    >>>> sink in the area. Questions: why can't I use a mesh sock type screen
    >>>> in this situation and is there anything designed specifically for this
    >>>> type application?
    >>>
    >>> Lint filter doesn't stay free of debris, guess what happens?
    >>>
    >>> I'm also curious why you would want to filter waste water. Seems to me,
    >>> it
    >>> would be like wanting to filter toilet water. Sewers are there for a
    >>> purpose.
    >>>

    >>
    >> uh, you don't want soapy goo clogging your drains? POs of my house
    >> didn't believe in them either, apparently, and I cleaned the deep sink
    >> with a putty knife.
    >>
    >> nate

    >
    > Uh, where does the OP say anything about a sink?


    He didn't.

    >
    > What's your deep sink, have to do with their waste pipe?


    The same stuff goes in both places.

    > The previous owners could've had several problems.. Think outside a filter.
    > Not enough rinse cycle, too much soap, malfunctioning washer, are prime
    > examples. Having soft water, will cut your detergent in 1/2. Having to take
    > a putty knife to clean soap, should've been the first hint there was a
    > problem other than actually putting soap in the washer. Geesh!


    I don't know what they did or didn't do, but I *do* know that a) the
    "sock" fills up every few months or so and b) I have not had to scrub
    the sink since.

    I do throw a pot of boiling water in it maybe once a year or so whenever
    I flush the water heater, as the pipes are 60+ years old.

    nate

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    Nate Nagel, Jun 5, 2010
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    Bob F Guest

    2 door wrote:
    > "Harry Avant" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> I would like to add a lint filter to the drain on my washing machine.
    >> I've found a few but all state they are for use with drains running
    >> into a laundry sink and NOT standpipe drains. My washing machine
    >> drain hooks onto the top of a three foot high plastic pipe since
    >> there is no sink in the area. Questions: why can't I use a mesh sock
    >> type screen in this situation and is there anything designed
    >> specifically for this type application?

    >
    > Lint filter doesn't stay free of debris, guess what happens?
    >
    > I'm also curious why you would want to filter waste water. Seems to
    > me, it would be like wanting to filter toilet water. Sewers are there
    > for a purpose.


    It cuts down on plugged drains significantly.
     
    Bob F, Jun 5, 2010
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    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    "Bob F" <> wrote:

    >2 door wrote:

    -snip-
    >>
    >> I'm also curious why you would want to filter waste water. Seems to
    >> me, it would be like wanting to filter toilet water. Sewers are there
    >> for a purpose.

    >
    >It cuts down on plugged drains significantly.
    >


    Significantly? I'm 60. I've been draining unfiltered lint into my
    drains for about 40 years. I've had one clogged drain. [that one
    was caused by trying to use a garbage disposal for some fibrous melon
    rinds.]

    If your machine dumps into a utility sink I can see how a filter might
    help keep that trap clean. If it dumps into a standpipe, there is
    plenty of water pressure to keep *that* trap clean.

    Jim
     
    Jim Elbrecht, Jun 5, 2010
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    Bob F Guest

    Jim Elbrecht wrote:
    > "Bob F" <> wrote:
    >
    >> 2 door wrote:

    > -snip-
    >>>
    >>> I'm also curious why you would want to filter waste water. Seems to
    >>> me, it would be like wanting to filter toilet water. Sewers are
    >>> there for a purpose.

    >>
    >> It cuts down on plugged drains significantly.
    >>

    >
    > Significantly? I'm 60. I've been draining unfiltered lint into my
    > drains for about 40 years. I've had one clogged drain. [that one
    > was caused by trying to use a garbage disposal for some fibrous melon
    > rinds.]
    >
    > If your machine dumps into a utility sink I can see how a filter might
    > help keep that trap clean. If it dumps into a standpipe, there is
    > plenty of water pressure to keep *that* trap clean.


    You have nice smooth pipes. Not everyone is so lucky. I have to clean the pipe
    from that drain significantle less often if a filter is installed.
     
    Bob F, Jun 5, 2010
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