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rkwerchan 02-12-2013 03:10 PM

Will this end badly?
 
So I can't stand the pedestals you pay $200 a piece for because I don't have anything to store in them, but I wanted to raise my washer/dryer. My question is, do you think this will be too heavy when it fills with water and starts running? I used 2x4 Top Choice KD Whitewood.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...62709489_n.jpg
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...51067818_n.jpg

joecaption 02-12-2013 03:14 PM

I would have at least counter bored where the feet go and used 1/2" lag bolts where the side 2 X 4's are.

Bondo 02-12-2013 03:15 PM

Ayuh,... Donno,... Hit the switch, 'n lets See,.....

I'da probably gone with 2x6, or 2x8 horizontals maybe....

Good point Joe, it might wanta Walk 'round someday...

rkwerchan 02-12-2013 03:23 PM

Good call on the lag bolts, I'll go ahead and swap those out. While I've got it down, I'll go ahead and put in heavier slats and figure out something to keep the feet in place. I'll have to see if I have a bit big enough. Thanks for the advice!

joecaption 02-12-2013 03:23 PM

Exactly, been there done that. It went out of balance and took off across the room. I jumped on top of the washer and rode it across the room trying to pull out the cord.
Whole lot funner now. LOL

GBrackins 02-12-2013 05:04 PM

I'd counter bore where the feet of the washer are so that they don't walk off the 2x4's .....

let us know if it works please

joecaption 02-12-2013 05:26 PM

A simple cheap paddle bit will get ur done.

Gary in WA 02-12-2013 06:26 PM

You may want to measure to the floor, my eyes say left side is about 1/2" lower than right side... I could be wrong... I built a box for the dryer about 30 years ago after reading a book on ergonomics, should have patented that one.

Gary
PS. maybe the picture angle, lol.

woodworkbykirk 02-12-2013 06:40 PM

id be puting that on a solid base not cleats anchored to the wall

Dorado 02-12-2013 07:29 PM

If it has to be moved out of that space some day for repair or replacement I hope you'll be around to help move it. It looks like it can't slide out because the feet will fall in the spaces between the wood. Counterboring would make it even harder to move. I think you need plywood on the slats and a removable stop in front.

Alan 02-12-2013 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Dorado (Post 1116148)
If it has to be moved out of that space some day for repair or replacement I hope you'll be around to help move it. It looks like it can't slide out because the feet will fall in the spaces between the wood. Counterboring would make it even harder to move. I think you need plywood on the slats and a removable stop in front.

I like this idea better. :thumbsup:

SPS-1 02-12-2013 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1116040)
A simple cheap paddle bit will get ur done.

That will keep it from walking, but not from shaking like a mother. Washing machines like a nice solid, massive base -- concrete is best. (at least top load washers do ---- I am not sure what happens when a horizontal axis machine goes out of balance)

rkwerchan 02-13-2013 06:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dorado (Post 1116148)
If it has to be moved out of that space some day for repair or replacement I hope you'll be around to help move it. It looks like it can't slide out because the feet will fall in the spaces between the wood. Counterboring would make it even harder to move. I think you need plywood on the slats and a removable stop in front.

With the size of the laundry room removing the washer will be a 2 man job, slats or not. But I do like the idea of a removable stop and will be doing that today.
I did beef up the anchors to 3/8" lag bolts, and replaced the 2x4 cross pieces with a heavier 2x8 (less slats and smaller spaces). Also this morning I'm going to cut the baseboard in order to put in 4 vertical 2x4s to relieve some of the stress off of the cleats and essentially making a solid-type base as mentioned by woodworkbykirk.
Here are before/after photos of the job.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...28521691_n.jpg

I HAVE to do laundry this afternoon, so I'll let you know how it goes.

dengle 02-13-2013 07:37 AM

Is it possible to just stack the washer and dryer? Not sure if the hookups for each are in the right place for it, but that helped save a lot of space for me. I was even able to install a utility sink then :thumbup:.

If raising it a bit is still the way needed to go, i'd put on a piece of plywood like Dorado mentioned. My front loader can shake quite vigorously when on the floor. Not sure how it'd fare on a few 2x's. Anxiously waiting to hear the results! :wink:

Dorado 02-13-2013 09:55 AM

Better paint the wood with something bleach-safe in case there's a spill.

http://www.clorox.com/blogs/dr-laund...rdwood-floors/

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Wood is porous, and generally we only recommend bleaching exterior finished wood surfaces, not interior hardwood floors. Finish composition, quality, and the age of the floor vary from home to home making a general positive recommendation difficult to give. Depending on your situation, a one-time only bleach treatment might be OK.


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