Washer/dryer riser platform, and a new water heater

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Our water heater crapped out and we had no choice but to replace it. I checked the date code and it was made in August of 1983, so I guess 32 years isn’t so bad. It was a 40 gallon “shorty” model but in pricing heaters here locally the standard size was about $50 cheaper than the shorty models.

That’s the GOOD news. The bad news is that when I moved the dryer to get more room for me to get in there I found the floor under the dryer was “spongy” .... Uh OHHH!

So I pulled the washer out and the floor was spongy there too. CRAP ! I cut and peeled back the vinyl and luckily I only had to replace about a 4 foot square of the underlayment. Put the floor sheeting back with contact cement and can only see one spot where I cut the vinyl.

So I figured that as long as I had to do some floor repairs and replace the water heater I might as well build that riser platform for the W&D that Bonnie’s been asking for. The whole project took the better part of 2 days and here’s the proof :-)

Made the riser platform from stuff I had in the shop, so no cost there. Used 2X4s to frame it out and 3/8 plywood to sheet the sides. The floor of the riser is a piece of 3/4 plywood. Painted it with some of the paint from our house back in Tennessee.




You can see the new water heater in this shot. I’m gonna buy one of those insulation blankets and wrap it to help save some energy.

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#1 posted 10-09-2015 11:38 PM

Sorry about the floor. Looks like a well designed raiser.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 10-10-2015 12:02 AM

very well done. I went to the extra of making them separate so I could put drawer under the wife really like the drawer space
bill Ewinger

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#3 posted 10-10-2015 12:46 AM

Joe, that is one way to make some points and fix things at the same time. Good job. Now you can get back to the lathe.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 10-10-2015 01:34 AM

That looks real nice. Never heard of a washer riser before, but it’s a great idea for front loaders. Mine is a top loader and taller than the previous one, it’s hard to get the stuff on the bottom sometimes.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 10-10-2015 03:54 AM

You know, when they sell those front loaders, they try to get you to spend an extra $150 to $200 for the “riser” with a drawer in it. Mine are stacked, so it’s a moot point. In any case, Joe, the platform is a great idea, even without a drawer. The loading/unloading of those machines gets harder as we grow up. (The floor gets farther and farther away.) Bonnie’s lucky to have you. But, don’t tell her that.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 10-10-2015 06:13 AM

Joe both machines are turning but don’t you prefer the lathe?

BTW You build a solid raiser. Well done.


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#7 posted 10-10-2015 10:20 PM

The joys of home ownership! Nice upgrade, Joe.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 10-28-2015 01:41 AM

Any help for your back is good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 10-28-2015 06:13 PM

Oh yeah! This is MUCH BETTER on the back ! And my knees too … because in order to get the wet clothes out of the washer I had to get on my knees, and THAT is where I have problems, getting back UP!! :-)

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