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washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 12, 2006 06:15PM
My washing machine is going to be upstairs in the new house. I'm worried about water leaks. Can I get some kind of tub it can sit in?

Dave
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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: billb
Date: May 12, 2006 06:25PM
You want a washing machine pan.


Most washer floods are from valves and/or input hoses.
Which may or may not be protected by the pan.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/12/2006 06:26PM by billb.
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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 12, 2006 06:38PM
Can I get this pan at sears? Thanks,

dave
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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: papercup
Date: May 12, 2006 06:41PM
In addition, use this valve, which senses a sudden pressure loss, like a line burst.


[www.plumbingsupply.com]




Edit: keep in mind the pan doesn't really stop a flood unless you install a drain. The tray won't hold a full load of water, or a line burst.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/12/2006 06:52PM by papercup.
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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: billb
Date: May 12, 2006 07:02PM
papercup-
that high tech valve looks really nice.
Much more high tech than the single lever shut-off I have. (which only works when one remembers to flip the valve to off)

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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 12, 2006 07:54PM
I saw that electronic valve on This Old House a few weeks ago..
VERY VERY cool!

It senses when you have the washer ON, and opens the valve... and when it's OFF, it closes the valve.
AND there is an additional add-on that sits on the floor, and if it detects a puddle, closes the valve (in case of a leak while it's running.).

I'd definitely look at that as a safety device for an upstairs washer.






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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 12, 2006 08:29PM
Nice. Ours is in the garage, ground level on the concrete slab, so if it leaks, it will run outside under the garage door. But I may get one of those anyway.
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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: DavidS
Date: May 12, 2006 09:26PM
Our washer is on the second floor. It sits in a pan (which came in handy when the old washer transmission broke and we had daily floods during the spin cycle). The pan has a drain that connects with some 1 1/2" PVC that goes down to the garage below into a 5 gallon Homer bucket (the bright orange buckets at Home Depot). The pan was about $20 at Home Depot.
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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: davester
Date: May 12, 2006 09:44PM
You should also invest in some of these:

[floodchek.com]




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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: May 12, 2006 10:14PM
Dave--

sign up here:

[www.homedepotmoving.com]

and here:

[www.lowesmoving.com]

No matter how well equipped you are, you will end up spending a lot of money at these two places after you move in to your new house.
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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 12, 2006 11:30PM
hint. sign up at the work address as well, and get 4 coupons....
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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 12, 2006 11:55PM
Lowe's and Home Depot have them. I doubt if Sears does.
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Re: washing machine upstairs, safety tub underneath?
Posted by: h'
Date: May 13, 2006 11:13AM
My w/d are in my attic above my kitchen. The washer was a fischer and paykell, over $600 3 years ago. I've noticed water on the floor behind it recently after washing :-(
Bought a pan at HD ($18.99) but need to find someone to help me install it. The pans have an outlet with a short length of hose if you want to route the potential overflow somewhere.



I suffer from the same sensitivity that you do. A few nuggets of wisdom were shared with me and I'm "trying" to incorporate them into my life. First, remember that nobody can hurt your feelings unless you let them. You can always reject what is being forced on you emotionally.
Second, nothing changes unless you change it. If you don't want the behavior to be repeated then you need to take action. Otherwise the kid has learned that his behavior is the way to get things done, because everyone lets him get away with it.
In the meantime I sympathize because I've been there.
-beerman
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