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Washer hard wire vs. plug

  • 1.  Washer hard wire vs. plug

    Posted 04-30-2018 17:59

    I occasionally have an issue with people lifting the bulkhead cover and unplugging a machine to charge their phone.  Of course they never replace the plug in the socket.    Considering hard wiring the 120v hard mounts.  Considering the top loads too but since I have to pull them out sometimes I think it would be a pain.

    Pro's, Cons, other options?


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    John
    Store Owner/ Employee
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  • 2.  RE: Washer hard wire vs. plug

    Posted 04-30-2018 18:02
    Why not add convenience outlets for your customers.  In this day and age people expect that.

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    Brian DeCoster
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Laundromania
    Iowa City IA
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  • 3.  RE: Washer hard wire vs. plug

    Posted 04-30-2018 18:06
    Brian,

    It is unattended and I would have non-customers hanging around again.

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    John
    Store Owner/ Employee
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  • 4.  RE: Washer hard wire vs. plug

    Posted 04-30-2018 21:15
    Use Nema Type twist-lok plugs

    Legrand Pass and Seymour Turnlok 30 Amp 250-Volt Locking Plug
    Available in 3 prong 120V

    Reliance Controls Twist Lock 30-Amp 125/250-Volt PlugAnd 4 Prong for 220V

    Instant solution !

    I use them wherever I need them.

    Plus they are a Legal Safety Disconnect in case of Emergencies.

    I do hardwire as well, when the situation calls for it.


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    DAVID CHAMLEE
    Service Technician since 1986
    and sometimes Laundromat Owner
    CCR
    Santa Barbara, CA
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  • 5.  RE: Washer hard wire vs. plug

    Posted 05-01-2018 09:30
    David,

    Excellent solution for that problem! You ROCK, bro!

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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  • 6.  RE: Washer hard wire vs. plug

    Posted 05-01-2018 00:46

    John M,

    I guess with the captive waiting audience at airports they actually have a revenue stream from the use of outlets & usb ports:

    http://www.linden-electronics.com/products/Coin_Charging.html

    The reason why this one caught my eye is that it appears to be using the exact same DG600F coin mech that I have been successfully testing for about a year & a half.

    Do you think there is any chance that could work in NYC or in some laundromats & help solve that specific unplugging problem & yield a profit besides?  I am not sure how expensive that phone charging station is but it might be something that would not need any maintenance once bought?



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    Michael Walsh www.kingkoin.com
    Store Owner/ Employee
    King Koin Laundry, Car n Dog Wash
    Bismarck ND
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  • 7.  RE: Washer hard wire vs. plug

    Posted 05-01-2018 10:36

    Had no idea these plugs were available. Thanks

    Michael, that may be cost prohibitive for my little store.

    Wonder if there is a device with a key pad that you could type in code to power the outlet for a period of time. I could just give the regulars the code.

    Or to simplify, install hidden wall timer.

    https://www.1000bulbs.com/product/3300/ELEC-FF60MC.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3ISkgN7k2gIVDcNkCh3lkwBrEAQYBiABEgLR1_D_BwE



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    John
    Store Owner/ Employee
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  • 8.  RE: Washer hard wire vs. plug

    Posted 05-01-2018 10:36
    ​John,
    Install this at $ 9.75 each. That will do it for you.


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    Dr. Kienkara Jo Tekura
    Investor
    San Antonio AE
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  • 9.  RE: Washer hard wire vs. plug

    Posted 05-01-2018 11:28
    Google "outlet locking cover". Tons of solutions out there.

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    Chris Mallam
    Norfolk VA
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  • 10.  RE: Washer hard wire vs. plug

    Posted 05-01-2018 13:05

    I have locks like that on the vending machine.  Will have to compare cost to the other outlets.

    Would like to offer customers hot outlets while not encouraging non-customer visits.


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    John
    Store Owner/ Employee
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