What Type of Base To Build For a Top Loading Washer

chipster_2007September 25, 2011

I am placing a top loading washer and dryer in my basement and wish to have it elevated to avoid any possible damage with potential water issues. What would be the best/easiest way to do that? I understand they have pedestals for front loading machines, but not top loading. Is this correct? I have thought of making a cement base or building a sturdy wood frame. I have also considered getting some cement cinder blocks and just putting a sheet of plywood over them but I don't know if the motion of the washer/dryer over time would somehow cause some serious shifting of the machines that would lead to injury. Are there any other possibilities I should consider? Would appreciate your suggestions. Thanks

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If you expect that much flooding, I'd be more concerned how to avoid or minimize that in the first place!

Nevertheless, a frame of pressure treated wood anchored into the floor with concrete screws and a 1/2" min. ply wood base is the safest arrangement. Then anchor the washer into the base in case it decides to take a walk.

Forget blocks. Reminds me of all those geniuses crushed under their vehicles because they wanted to save the $20 for jack stands.

Be sure your receptacles or breakers are GFI protected!

And don't do your laundry in your hip waders.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2011 at 9:30PM
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Elevating a top-loader could make it hard to reach down to the bottom of the tub, especially for a short person. I'm not convinced it's necessary. Are there any water-sensitive components near the bottom of the cabinet?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 10:00AM
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I was thinking of elevating my dryer only, with a pallet.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2012 at 8:09PM
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