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Fix a Stuck Washing Machine Hose

Replace corroded laundry hoses without ruining the valve by slitting them with a Dremel tool so the hose end will release.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Fix a Stuck Washing Machine Hose

Replace corroded laundry hoses without ruining the valve by slitting them with a Dremel tool so the hose end will release.

Remove a stuck laundry hose

Rusted-on laundry hoses are nearly impossible to unscrew. If you need to remove or replace your laundry hose and just can’t get it loose, here’s the solution. Carefully cut through the hose end. Try to avoid cutting too deep, but don’t worry if you nick the threads on the valve. The threads don’t seal the connection. That’s taken care of by the rubber washer. You can use a hacksaw to make the cuts, but a Dremel tool with an abrasive cutoff wheel works even better (Photo 1). Cut the hose end in two places, then try to unscrew the fitting with water pump pliers or a pipe wrench. If it’s still stuck, break it off with the pliers (Photo 2).

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Pipe wrench
    • Pliers

You'll need a Dremel tool and abrasive wheel.

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January 11, 4:35 PM [GMT -5]

Thanks very much! I knew you guys would have a remedy for this problem. Sure beats calling a plumber.

March 27, 7:38 PM [GMT -5]

This was a lifesaver. I was awakened at 3:00a.m. to water spraying my basement. I have no idea how many years the hose had been in place. I have lived in the house for over 12 years. WD 40 nor Liquid Wrench would work. THANK YOU!!!

January 15, 3:57 PM [GMT -5]

I just fixed this problem today using this idea and it worked like a charm. I really didn't have a good idea how to tackle this problem prior to this article. Thanks a bunch!

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