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dinosaur1 12-03-2011 01:25 PM

Washer/Dryer pedestal good idea?
 
We have a Samsung high efficiency washer/dryer. Right now they are just sitting on the floor and seem to be working fine, but since we have slight back problems we might want to invest in getting pedestals for them. I heard this is a bad idea since it causes them to shake more then they should.

gregzoll 12-03-2011 03:21 PM

Depends on how you like to bend down to get in. You can build your own pedestal/platform, that they could sit on out of Pressure Treated wood.

forresth 12-03-2011 11:04 PM

you could build a solid platform an there would be no added shaking.

hardwareman 12-04-2011 12:40 PM

by all means invest in the pedestals, if they are installed correctly, leveled and solid they will not make the washer vibrate any more than it does now.

Gary in WA 12-04-2011 10:21 PM

I built one with plywood/2x2's for our dryer about 35 years ago--- it still works. No drawer though, those came out later....

Use p.t. wood if an outdoor application?

Gary

mwpiper 12-05-2011 06:56 AM

I'm 6'1". Have GE front load washer/dryer set with pedestals. My wife is 5'5" and thinks the washer/dryer without pedestals are too low to the ground. The pedestals are solidly bolted to the appliances, making them single solid units. The dryer is pretty low impact. It just spins quietly. The washer with warp drive spin needs to be carefully leveled so it doesn't rock. It has an out of balance sensor, but if you give it any room to move by not getting equal load on all four feet, it will start dancing.

dinosaur1 12-06-2011 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by mwpiper
I'm 6'1". Have GE front load washer/dryer set with pedestals. My wife is 5'5" and thinks the washer/dryer without pedestals are too low to the ground. The pedestals are solidly bolted to the appliances, making them single solid units. The dryer is pretty low impact. It just spins quietly. The washer with warp drive spin needs to be carefully leveled so it doesn't rock. It has an out of balance sensor, but if you give it any room to move by not getting equal load on all four feet, it will start dancing.

That's what worries me. Almost better to stay on the floor.

jawadesign 12-31-2011 12:59 AM

I think it's a good idea... it will definitely save your back over time!

I actually spent a full day building one out of various materials, but wood primarly. I did it for two reasons, my units will stack and fit in a custom cabinet and I needed to install an overflow pan with drain. I'm on the second floor of a condo... I have to take precautions. It took me a whole day and then some to make sure the platform would hold a car, lol! You would be amazed at how vibrating objects can destroy things over time!!

GL,
James


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