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Kenmore front load washer drain problem

My washer seems to have a clogged drain hose. It seems awfully long-would I be shooting myself in the foot if I cut the hose to make it only as long as necessary, so that I may have easier access?

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Re: Kenmore front load washer drain problem

Why not use a piece of scrap
hose cut it a little longer than
you want then experiment its
easier to shorten than lengthen.
That way you start out with a
clean hose,and you can kill to
birds with one stone

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