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diyitry

05:24PM | 11/08/07
Member Since: 11/07/07
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I am re-designing our laundry room and am considering stacking the full-sized front-load washer/dryer (using manufacturer's kit). I want to slide the stacked units into an enclosed cabinet (no doors), but I don't know where or how to locate the water shut offs and dryer vent connection so that (a) they can be connected easily, (b) they are all accessible quickly (water shut offs mainly), and (c) so that the dryer vent length is minimized. Has anyone looked into the issues surrounding cabinetry for stacked washer/dryer and found good solutions? Thanks!

DanO

08:15AM | 11/09/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** I want to slide the stacked [full-sized front-load washer/dryer] into an enclosed cabinet (no doors) **

Some model dryers suck in air through the rear so lots of space on each side of the dryer would be necessary to provide adequate breathing room for it. Check the specific unit's installation instructions before starting with such an enclosure.

** I don't know where or how to locate the water shut offs **

Somewhere where they can be *easily* gotten to without having to move the machine would be the goal.

** Has anyone looked into the issues surrounding cabinetry for stacked washer/dryer and found good solutions? **

I've never heard of anyone going that myself, only fitting them into an existing closet which usually causes a (sometimes BIG) headache for service. If at all possible, I suggest you leave them in the open.

JMO

Dan O.

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diyitry

05:52AM | 11/13/07
Member Since: 11/07/07
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Thanks for the response. I've seen only a couple of examples of custom cabinets built around full-size stacked washer/dryer units. For access to water/gass shut-offs, some have added hidden access panels on the side of the cabinetry. Even with that, it seems risky to create cabinets so specific to the washer/dryer and then to require that one configuration forever.

Bottom line -- we've decided to keep them separate and accept the trade-off of increased floor space for the convenience of use.

Thanks again for the information.
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