What kind of flooring support is needed for stacked W/D?
I'm thinking of remodeling my other bathroom. And I want to put a stacked washer/dryer in there. I have full access to the underside of the bathroom from the unfinished basement.
Three questions really:
1) I would like to know what kind of flooring support is needed for a stacked washer dryer on the first floor over the basement. The span for the joists is 8.5Ã¢ÂÂ. the joists are 2x8 old timey lumber. 16Ã¢ÂÂ oc spacing. Would I use bracing between the joists at the w/d location? The subfloor is diagonal 3/4x6" old wood from the 20's. Then, on top of that I think, is the original finished floor of 3/4" T&G fir flooring, as has been the case in all the other areas of the house. Currently there is vinyl covering the floor.
2) Should there be a contingency plan for washer water overflow? If so, how is this done?
3) If I have to remove the flooring and sub-flooring due to water damage from the current fixtures, what would be the appropriate flooring and sub-flooring to use for replacing. I am considering porcelain tile and under tile radiant electric heating wires. The jb deflectolator states with my unknown 2x8 joist, my floor has a "deflection of L / 543".
Thanks for your time.