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Removed basement stairs - put in floor for washer and dryer

Removed basement stairs - put in floor for washer and dryer


Old 03-04-08, 10:51 AM
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Removed basement stairs - put in floor for washer and dryer


Moving into a house. The old owner took out the interior stairs to the basement as there is a door to the basement that leads to the outside. They did this to put the washer and dryer in its place - so essentially making what used to be a stairwell into a closet.

He patched up the whole with I guess plywood. some 2x4s and a metal beam to hold up one of the corners in the basement. He then put stackable washer and dryers on the new floor he put in himself.

Well the inspector went through and said that floor needed to be replaced or fixed to make sure it will not have problems down the road. I could see what he was saying.

Well while we are getting it fixed up I thought instead to just remove what he put there and instead create a floor that is 'recessed'.

Here is the point, I would like to put a new washer and dryer in the spot of the old ones. They will be those washer and dryers with the front access doors. So I would like to make the floor so that the washer and dryer and sitting lower than the floor on the first floor.

Two reasons: 1 because my g/f is short and getting the knobs on the top of the stacked dryer my prove a bit tricky
and 2: If the washer ever flood - the recessed floor would give a better chance from the 1st floor from water damage.

Ok - so if that made sense to anybody - is this something I can do myself or do you think I should hire someone? You not knowing my abilities I can say I envision what would need to be put together, I am decent with my hands. All I need is a bit of help to plan out the details of the design.

I am also concerned about how the washer and dryer would bang around a bit and the floor would never have a consistant weight while the washer and dry is in motion. I guess the washer and dryer we are looking at can have cement or something put in it to weigh it down and prevent shaking but i understand that this is not 100% fool proof. So - with that said, I do not know if my decent but not professional skills can create something to withstand the pressure of a washer and dryer shaking.

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Old 03-12-08, 10:45 PM
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I assume the basement, is basically your foundation is there a ground slab? If so do not recess yourself its a difficult job.

I worked in Europe for years, and there most house washing areas are basically water tight, my suggestion build up (get your g\f a stool or small ladder). Frame the area ensuring you have a couple of inches of frame over the level of cement needed fix in your rebar. Drill a holes into the existing floor and have rebar coming up out of them to hold the new cement in place. Pour in your cement, level off now the fun part, take a brush and bucket of water and clean off the frame. Once the frame and cement are dry and cured put lino over all it seal or weld the corners with a lino sealer, voila water tight and good looking.
Old 03-13-08, 03:41 AM
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Would it be possible for you to post a couple of pictures of your area on a site such as photobucket.com and either give us the urls or copy/paste the HTML code in your reply post? That way we could see what you are looking at.

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