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move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 05, 2020 09:38AM
Clothes washer has sprung a leak. Research says it is likely the water inlet valve which is under electronic control. It's 18yo with OEM parts, no other service.
To change the valve, I have to access rear panel screws with perhaps an inch gap to the wall (I knew I shouldn't have listened to my spouse about placement, but alas...). The beast weighs 250 lbs.

Any thought on how to lever it forward a bit without major gouging or other damage top the beast? The floor under is hardwood, so as long as I don't crack it, I'm fine.
I have a stubby screwdriver (yea, heh, heh, heh) but I need another inch or so to access.



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: archipirata
Date: April 05, 2020 09:43AM
I've successfully moved appliances around with the carpet/rug method.

Get a piece of carpet or old rug big enough to fit all the legs of the appliance on. Have someone tilt it while the other person shoves the carpet under(fuzzy side down), then tilt the other way until you get the carpet under all feet, then slide away.

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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 05, 2020 09:51AM
Can you get furniture-slides under the feet?

...Those plastic discs that let furniture slide easily over carpet. Should help a bit with a wood floor as well.



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 05, 2020 09:51AM
I only have access to front feet, but that may be enough. I'll give it a go.



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 05, 2020 10:05AM
Underpayment plywood is my go to for appliance moves. Pop the ply under the front feet While tilted back and push until it hits the back feet. Then tilt forward and slide on front feet until it’s out and on the plywood. Then slide away !

Furniture slides work as well. Good luck ! And remember to drain and clean fully once you have it opened up.
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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 05, 2020 10:07AM
Do you have a hand truck?





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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Acer
Date: April 05, 2020 10:08AM
They have disks (that Sarcany mentions) with felt on the bottom specifically for sliding on hard floors.
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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 05, 2020 10:11AM
rgG - that's the ticket! I can't budge the fkr myself.
Hand-truck should give me enough leverage to carpet or disk it.
Just see if a masked neighbor will risk the adventure.
Into the shed I go.



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 05, 2020 10:15AM
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Fritz
rgG - that's the ticket! I can't budge the fkr myself.
Hand-truck should give me enough leverage to carpet or disk it.
Just see if a masked neighbor will risk the adventure.
Into the shed I go.

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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 05, 2020 11:22AM
.....you......like to move it......move it......????



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: davester
Date: April 05, 2020 12:00PM
What Acer said. Those felt-bottomed sliders are made for exactly this problem and work great. Get yourself to the hardware store.



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Dik2
Date: April 05, 2020 01:21PM
stay home!
Use a broom handle if you don't have a crowbar, lift the front edge enough to slide a piece of plastic (cut up a piece of Tupperware) under the front feet. Then just pull from the top back edge to slide the washer out a few inches.
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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 05, 2020 01:46PM
I have the felt sliders, but lifting the pig is the difficulty.
Hope my hand truck is up to the task.



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 05, 2020 02:39PM
.....just like me.....they long to be.....clothes.....to you........



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Ammo
Date: April 05, 2020 02:44PM
Does it really weigh 250 lbs. or is that a little hyperbole? I don’t recall older washing machines being that heavy unless perhaps it was a commercial one.



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 05, 2020 03:03PM
[www.hunker.com]

at the bottom.



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: modelamac
Date: April 05, 2020 03:10PM
Pry up the front with pryer. Insert piece of half-inch pipe under each side. roll washer out on the rollers.
Make repair. roll back into position. Remove rollers.



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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Dik2
Date: April 05, 2020 03:15PM
Does the front lower panel come off so you can see the leveling feet?
You might be able to raise and lower them to slip sliders under one front corner at a time.
Or with the front lower panel off, you might be able to see where you can place your pry bay.
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Re: move clothes washer for service
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 05, 2020 04:36PM
@Dik2 - no, the interior mount panel is cut is such a way so that the levelers are not accessible.



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