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will washer crack large tile

Posted by jaansu (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 21, 12 at 12:51

I'm about to start working on a mud/laundry room and would like to tile the whole thing in ceramic tile. How likely would it be that the washing machine, that every so often does the Watusi due to imbalance, will end up cracking the large tiles? Is it best to define a non-tiled ares for the washer and drier? I was thinking of incorporating the washer into a large tray maybe with a drain to the basement to avoid any bad leaks that might develop in a washer malfunction.

I posted this in the flooring forum as well but wondered if anyone had had similar experiences.

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RE: will washer crack large tile

IF the tile was properly installed it shouldn't break, BUT if you are still concerned, install a layer of 1-1/8" Sturd-i-floor under the washer (and dryer, to match heights). You can secure it with brackets to studs in the wall behind the washer or simply use some adhesive in a few spots. Be sure to put the washer on it after applying adhesive so that it will squish down, to avoid air voids. For uneven tile you may need to install a THIN layer of something such as what is used under laminate floors, to prevent possible hum from vibrations in the sturdifloor (VERY UNLIKELY, as it is 1-1/6" thick). I'm giving you these instructions to be on the safe side to avoid complications--not saying that anything I mentioned is likely.

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