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What are these washers?

It's a serrated lock washer. I've seen them used for two purposes: Locking the nut in cases of vibration. Ensuring a electrical bond on painted or corroded metal. Or, of course, a combination of the ...
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How to put the washers on the screw

The "rings" you mention are commonly called "washers". It's hard to tell from the photo, but I believe the "incomplete ring" you mention is a "split" or "spring" lock washer: If that's the case, ...
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How to combine flat and split lock washers on a bolt

They gave you four lock washers instead of 4 locking nuts. No problem. Install the bolts as shown in the instructions. Then install a flat washer on each bolt followed by a lock washer and then the ...
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Why would a GFI blink red

Effective June 29, 2015, all GFCI receptacles and circuit breakers must have an auto-monitoring (self-test) feature that automatically conducts a periodic internal test to confirm that the GFCI is ...
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What is a carriage bolt washer with mounting spikes called?

That is a toothed or pronged "torque washer". As you suspect, it's intended to prevent a carriage bolt from turning in soft wood.
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Is it better to run one large load or multiple small loads to extend life of bearing?

Bearings tend to wear out as a result of repeated cyclical loads. As a rule of thumb, based on fatigue failure of metals: The damage done by a single cycle of a load is proportional to the load ...
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How to combine flat and split lock washers on a bolt

Put the flat washer on first then the split lock washer and finally the nut.
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Is it safe for a water hookup for washer to be located directly above 240 V electrical hookup for dryer?

No, and most jurisdictions specify a minimum distance between electrical and water outlets. Move one and remember water falls due to gravity and sprays due to supply pressure.
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Moving a washer and dryer when relocating across the country

You should use them to avoid not having any means of recompense from the shipper, or from the manufacturer by voiding the warranty. If you didn't save yours, replacement shipping bolts can be ...
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Whatzit? Name this dryer or washer thing-a-ma-bob

That may very well be a washer tub restraint device. The tub in a washer machine is often mounted in a way that takes up vibration during normal operation. During shipping from the factory additional ...
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What are these washers?

They're anti-vibration locking washers, the teeth digging into both the nut and whatever it's holding. They are also available with the teeth on the inside (as the pic), rather than as shown above, ...
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HE Front End Washer vibrations on wood floors: any tried-and-true solutions?

After spending several hours researching, there still appears to be little consensus on this topic. But here is a summary of potential solutions. The Problem But first, the problem: the issue with ...
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Is it better to run one large load or multiple small loads to extend life of bearing?

Any size you like so long as you are not overloading the machine. Limit the loads to the size the machine is designed for, but don't engage in only running the smallest possible load for no good ...
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How do I attach both my washer and dryer to the same NEMA 14-30 receptacle?

You originally had an Asko washer/dryer matched set. This wasn't just style. The Asko washer plugged into the Asko dryer, which provided a special NEMA 6-20 receptacle on the back, specifically for ...
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Which nut/washer combination to join timber to timber (joist to rafter)

The spikey washer needs to go between pieces of wood. I doubt its usefulness, since the strength is either going to come from the bolt in shear, or friction between the wood surfaces, depending on ...
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Can I have a washer, electric dryer, oil tank, and oil burner all in the same room?

Unless you have a written local amendment disallowing it there is no reason this would be unsafe or prohibited. I have seen and worked on many, many basements that fit this exact description. My only ...
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Whatzit? Name this dryer or washer thing-a-ma-bob

It might be a restraint to prevent a stacked washer/dryer combo from toppling in the event of an earthquake or a child climbing it - in that case it would have on end bolted into a stud, and the other ...
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Pros and Cons of a washer tray

Looks like you hit the pros and cons of the washer tray pretty well :-) Couple of things I'd consider: Since the room is tile and concrete, is there a drain in the floor? If so, adding a washer tray ...
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Screw and washer should go through flat area or curved?

The depression you're asking about appears to be simply sloppy manufacturing to me. It doesn't seem like an intentional countersink. If it was you'd probably have flat-head screws instead. The ...
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Rocks in Washing Machine?

The drum seal is deteriorating and breaking off. Remove the agitator (look up how for your model) and you will see the piece below it is crumbling and made of these same deposits.
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Washing machine drain hose very high

Would be good to see the specific model. But a check valve may be the simplest solution. From a random Maytag manual: For standpipe installation above 48"(121.2 cm), install a check valve to ...
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What are these washers?

They are spring locking washers. They are designed such that the "teeth" oppose the nut vibrating loose.
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How can I determine why all the faucets are giving only warm water when turned to cold?

Check the temperature of the main home water supply pipe, and compare it to other pipes in the house. Nothing else will be colder, but the other cold water pipes shouldn't be much warmer. If you find ...
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Washer Drain pipe too high - suggestions?

Yes, as @TomG says, take the standpipe up - but I'll modify 18" to "as far as the ceiling or the 8 foot limit allows", that's the least expensive first approach, and if it solves it, you are done. Get ...
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How can I attach structure via oval holes in panel struts in a panel van?

If you could find them with a head size that's just right, you could use something like toilet flange bolts. Where the head of the bolt is ovular, and could be turned once in the hole.
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How can I attach structure via oval holes in panel struts in a panel van?

This is sort of a modification of what @FreeMan said, but what I would suggest is you get bolts with flat washers, where the flat washer is less than 20mm diameter so it will fit through the hole. The ...
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How can I attach structure via oval holes in panel struts in a panel van?

Find a bolt with a similarly sized and shaped head that can go in through the hole, then turn 90°. Tighten it in place with a washer and bolt on the inside of the van to lock the bolt to the van. ...
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How to put the washers on the screw

"Picturing" that the screw goes into a deep thingy, I'm voting for the second shot & indeed the washers stack. The hole in the bracket looks pretty big & too big for the smaller washer, but I'...
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Washer drain and vent pipe

It's not going to be that simple. Unless you support the pipe above where you want to put the rubber boot, it's likely going to come crashing down. Depending on what's above, you might be better off ...
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Is 20 amp line needed for washer and gas powered dryer?

According to the National Electrical Code, yes it should be a 20 ampere branch circuit. This circuit should also not have any other outlets, other than the ones for "laundry equipment". So ...
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