This 5 gallon plastic bucket washing machine diy project is detailed in this simple step by step tutorial made from frugal materials.
To make a homemade bucket to wash clothes, start by getting the object that’s in the name: a 5-gallon bucket. It has to be big to accommodate all the laundry necessary when outside. Take that bucket, remove the handle, and drill multiple holes (I mean a lot of them) parallel from each other in a few rows from the bottom. Use a ½ inch bit to do so. Next, install the agitator bar and rotator at the top of the bucket with at least three screws through the rotator and inserted into the agitator bar.
Next, install the drive shaft, which should be a five-foot 1-1/2’ ABS pipe. This should be easy to hold onto and be very light to maneuver with. Create a spacer cut with a hole saw and nylon cutting board. Add a frame to fit the size with bolts to keep the bucket upright. Get some small blocks to hold the bucket down from rotating with the bolts, as well as to keep the drive shaft and rotor from grounding. Again, this is for ease for the handler.
Some choose to have a drain or not, but it can come in handy. Drill a hole on the bottom of the barrel, install the valve, and connect it on both ends of the bucket to stay in place. The bucket can take 1.5 gallons of water, which can be drained and rotated around the clothing with the crank to control it. But, it is built to wash and drain water for purposeful laundry.
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