It's me! Aren't I cute?
Thanks again to everyone who answered about the trap in the washer
drain. I've closed it up with a umm..... device for now, and that will
keep us from asphyxiating until I get to the hardware store this
Remember that the washer/dryer area is upstairs on the 2nd floor. The
age of the house is up for grabs- some folks say 30 years, others say
50 years, but it might be a moot point because the house is made from a
lot of recycled barn timber (very rustic, you should come see it).
There is a drop ceiling in the kitchen underneath (no basement, so this
is how they hide the pipes). From there, I can see that there are what
appear to be old 2x6 joists that run parallel to the outside wall. The
joists appear to be set atop some 6x6 or so huge barn beams AFAICT.
Things you'll ask that I won't know *exactly*
until I go home tonight
1) how far apart the joists are spaced (I want to say 12")
2) how long of a span the joists are stretching across (I would wager
3) weight of the washer/dryer. (I seem to recall the shipping weight of
the washer is 212 lbs. No Idea on the dryer. I've been all over
Maytag's site to try to figure this out but thier site blows chunks.)
4) How far away the mailbox is.
5) Anything else?
When we looked at the house, there was a standard, older toploader
washer there before, plus an electric dryer. The units we're putting
in are a Maytag Neptune pair, and of course we have to put in a gas
line for the dryer. Yay! I don't know what an average washer/dryer
weighs, so I don't know how ours compare. Of anything, the Maytags
will use less than half the water throughout the wash cycle, so at
~8.5lbs/gallon there's less weight there. We've run the washer a
couple of times. The clothes rotating in the drum go "thump" "thump"
"thump" all through the house, but I don't think the floor underneath
it moves at all. I stood in front of the washer and jumped up and down
(I weigh about 190) and the missus watched the floor from the kitchen
downstairs, and it didn't appear to move at all. Once upon a time,
there was a leaking toilet shutoff valve right next to this laundry
area and you can see water stains on the floor, but the home inspector
said that the floorboards (once again, old barn batting/planking, not
OSB or pressboard) are unfettered by this and still as robust as they
should be. The leaking valve has since been repaired, of course.
Right now, the dryer is not in the "laundry room". They do not fit in
the prescribed space side/side, so they will need to be staggered, with
the washer out front (soap door would be obstructed if it were behind).
There is a wall I can take out and they will fit, but I'm not crazy
about hacking up the house like that (yet). I will assume the washer
is the heavier of the two, and it will then be the furthest from the
outside wall (if staggered).
This is one of those paranoia (what if?) things that is keeping me up
at night. I've heard a story or two about a laundry room falling into
the floor below, ripping apart dryer gas lines, explosions, death,
mayhem, the earth stops rotating and everyone dies. Stuff like that.
I can't imagine this isn't something that needs to be looked at
first-hand to be 100% sure about, but are there any "rules of thumb"
regarding appliances, flooring and such? Is there any way I can
bolster up the floor just to be sure? Short of putting a column under
it, of course, because that would be smack-ass right in front of the
stove in the kitchen. Handy spot for a fire extinguisher, but makes it
hard to open the oven.
I will get the measurements above, and any others that you ask for.