I want to move my stackable washer/dryer to the other side of the same wall.
Negatives : it will be on carpet. Is it as simple as cutting a hole in the
drywall on the other side of the wall, accessing the water/power lines and
moving the machines? If this is not DIY friendly, what kind of contractor do I
need? There are obviously already water lines because the washer is on the
other side of the wall. Thanks!
On Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 9:14:06 PM UTC-5, Leeny wrote:
What is your plan? To leave a hole in the wall and just run the power cord
through the hole to original receptacle? The same plan for the water lines?
Amateurish at best and probably not to code.
What about the drain and the dryer vent?
Now, if you were planning on installing a new receptacle and water connections
and then closing up the drywall (IOW, a proper installation) then the DIY
question is up to you.
Do you know how to properly wire a receptacle? If not, do you have the skills
to learn? Do you know how to take care of the plumbing?
What about the drain and the dryer vent?
It's all DIY-able if you know how (or can learn how) to wire, plumb and
repair drywall. If you were planning on just running wires and washer hoses
through the hole in the wall, the call around and talk to a few local
handy-persons/contractors and get some quotes. After three or four calls,
you'll figure out what type of person to hire.
What about the drain and dryer vent? I keep asking that because bringing
power and water *to* the washer and dryer is the easy part. Getting rid
of the water and the moisture laden air may be the part that makes this
a major project.
If everything is served through the wall cavity it is pretty easy. The
water and electricity probably is. The drain and vent may be the
issue. Since you have a drywall patch and paint coming anyway, open up
a decent size hole so you can flip the boxes and plumbing to the other
side. It should be pretty surgical on the other side if you have
access to the back.
Patching a big rectangular hole in drywall is about as easy as it
gets. Just cut from halfway across the stud face and take out a piece.
Cut the new piece to size and screw it in. Tape, mud and paint.
If this is a utility area and you can live with an access hole, use a
piece of plywood and frame it.
Do you have plumbing experience?
Could be simple if you know how to move the connections. You'd have to
open the wall, install new faucets and standpipe for the drain, then
close up the wall on the other side. Same with the dryer vent.
Whack out the suggested dyi steps then cut uot a sizeable part of carpet an
d replace with nice tile and new edging or lay down some easy linolium. A p
ro would knock this out same day. I would be 2 days with beer breaks. Addit
ional painting would take me several months.
On Friday, February 3, 2017 at 4:23:51 AM UTC-5, Thomas wrote:
and replace with nice tile and new edging or lay down some easy linolium. A
pro would knock this out same day. I would be 2 days with beer breaks. Add
itional painting would take me several months.
A pro would do it in a single day? Including repairing the
drywall in the old location? Painting? Also it depends on
whether he intends to follow local code and law, ie take out
permits if necessary and use licensed pros. Around here, NJ
code would require two permits and plumbervpros aren't licensed
and don't do electrical work and vice-versa. If you have the
skills, know what you're doing and there are no show stoppers,
eg the dryer vent goes out through a side wall in the current
location, like mine does, then it's a DIY job that isn't a big
On Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8:06:47 PM UTC-5, trader_4 wrote:
t and replace with nice tile and new edging or lay down some easy linolium.
A pro would knock this out same day. I would be 2 days with beer breaks. A
dditional painting would take me several months.
We really don't know enough to be able to answer his questions.
One question I have is this:
Once he moves the unit to the "other side of the same wall" is the goal
to remove all traces on the previous installation? No vent, no drain, no
exposed plumbing in the original location. Nothing to indicate that there
was ever a washer/dryer in that room.
We don't where the drain is or where the dryer vent is. As I said in an
Bringing power and water *to* the washer and dryer is the easy part. (That'
really all he asked about.) Getting rid of the water and the moisture laden
air may be the part that makes this a major project - especially if the goa
is to eliminate all traces of the current set-up.
It would help to know a little bit more about the "outgoing" part of the
It just takes someone who knows how to line up ducks. My wife would
bang that out in a day, using the 3 trades (electrical/plumbing/
drywall) necessary. It is all in having reliable trades, scheduling
them and working around the inspector. Inspection is the wild card but
on a little job like this but you may only see one inspector once if
they have "1&2 family" guys. (who can do the whole FEPA/C in
They might want to see the electrical trim out (2 receptacles
installed in the boxes with plates on them) but I would accept a
picture and just inspect the rough.
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