Stacked washer/dryer new install

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Old 04-02-14, 05:08 PM
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Stacked washer/dryer new install

I did search, even on the internet, and although this seems like an obvious consideration I came up empty. Remodeling the bathroom and installing a new stacked washer and elect dryer. What I'm searching for are tips that will make future service easier. The left side of the combo will be against the left exterior wall and backed up to a partition wall. Any necessary constructions is possible, plus basement is open below.

I'm thinking about placing the water shut off to the right with a counter below and cabinets above. Dryer vent will exit left, but not sure how that will be accessible to pull the units out for repairs.

I can if needed create an access panel behind the wall they back up to, but it is a bedroom and would like to avoid that if possible.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 04-03-14, 02:00 AM
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If the washer and dryer are 2 separate units stacked than to service washer the dryer usually will have to come off, usually a 2 man charge. Make sure there is enough cord and vent tube to remove dryer. If unit is a single washer, dryer combo most can be serviced in place. A few things it will need to be pulled out but not many. Leave a foot or 2 above dryer to get top off.
 
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Old 04-03-14, 04:14 AM
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One thing I found necessary was to have the water control valve/drain box offset from the units if possible. You need to be able to reach them to turn the water on and off without reaching behind them.
 
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pugsl, I haven't picked up the hardware for attaching the two units together, but one concern is that being in a corner it might be difficult to disconnect the dryer for removal. And of course I'm not sure how to connect the dryer vent to allow moving it forward.

Larry, I have the box for the controls and can set that in the wall just to the right of the washer. I could also locate the electrical for both units to that side.

What I was toying with was some sort of slide out arrangement that could be anchored from the basement. Also, running the dryer vent down through the floor and then out with a large access opening that could be covered.

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Old 04-03-14, 09:45 AM
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Depending on type of units some have the screws in back and some are in front on side for the mounts. As long as you can slide them out about a foot to get in back no problem.
 
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>"As long as you can slide them out about a foot to get in back no problem." LOL

for me that has to be 2 plus feet . I remember the first time I realized I no longer fit through 16" oc studs, that was a real eye opener and many pounds ago. But making real good progress. Never the less, I'm still interested in a sliding base with bolts I can remove and re-install from below.

I'll pick up the hardware and stack them up so I can get a good look at plumbing and duct paths.

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I have an Asko (made in Sweden) stacking pair and they fit into a corner very well. I did have to allow about 7-1/2 inches between the back wall and the machines to accommodate the dryer vent duct. I have less than 3 inches from the top of the dryer to the bottom of the wall-hung cabinet along with 3 inches on one side and about 5 inches on the other. The 5 inch side abuts a kitchen sink cabinet with a deep laundry tub and I installed the standard in-wall washer plumbing box in the side of the sink cabinet.

I have only had to pull this combination out once for service and I had no trouble whatsoever in lifting the dryer off of the washing machine. I DID have to squeeze a bit to push the washer back into place and I had to go around to the front of the house and through the garage to then take the dryer into the garage to give me some room to take the top off the washing machine.
 
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what is brand name may be able to tell how they mount.
 
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pugsl, Whirlpool Duet about 3 or 4 years old, but still wrapped in plastic.
Furd, trying to minimize the space around these as limited space is the reason for stacking them. Existing wall behind them is a 4" so anticipate building it out to 6" to allow for some extra Roxul to isolate some of the sound.

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Bud, I could easily slip my units in and out of a space that only allowed an inch on one side and two inches on the other side. I ended up with the space I have as a result of the width of the sink cabinet. The one suggestion I have is if possible run a new dryer vent through the back wall in a position that allows you to simply push the combo back and directly onto the vent.
 
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Whirlpool washers have 2 brackets with 2 or 4 screws that come in from back.
 
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Here's a separate shelf stacked idea. I've just looked at the pictures, but giving the dryer its own secure base does have some stability advantages.
DIY stacked washer and dryer « robertsdonovan.com

Furd, right now I could probably pull the pair out and push them back, but at 67 I'm hoping this pair will be around for awhile and my abilities are bound to decline. Thus the idea of a handle and heavy duty set of side slides is attractive. Building a cabinet somewhat along the lines of the above isolated the two units and knowing how I always overbuild, it would be much more stable.

pugsl, I did search and it looks like just gaskets and a couple of brackets, overpriced I might add.

Still looking,
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Bud, I'm only three years behind you and these last few years have not been kind. I have no idea of how much your machines weigh so I don't know if lifting the dryer off would be anywhere near as easy as with mine.

Here is a picture from the hallway into the laundry room. The door to the right goes to the garage and the entire width of the room is 7-1/2 feet across that door. When I pull the machines out I have to also turn them towards the door to the hall. Then I can lift off the dryer and set it in front of the washer, skinny around and push the washer back in the hole and then get the dryer into the garage. At that point I can pull the washer back out and I have just enough room to get the top off to work on it (I've only done this once) or else get it into the garage as well.

I added the acoustical ceiling material to help with the noise, still a work in progress. If no other noise in the house the machines can be a bit noisy but if I am watching the television I don't hear them.

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The door to the sink cabinet is off so I could re-do the drain vent. I gotta patch the wall inside and getting down on the floor is a killer for me these days.
 
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