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Guidelines for Second Floor Laundry Room

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By Judy

My Laundry Question

I want to install a laundry room on the 2nd floor of my 100 yr old home, Of course, there are several issues but the main one I would like to address is the problem of vibration from the washer.

1. Is it true that the location of the washer should only be in a corner where 2 outside walls abut, for better stability? Is it ok to locate it just on one outside wall?

2. Do you know which washer will vibrate more when on spin cycle -.a front load washer with AST stability or a top load? I do know that a top load is considerably lighter in weight and that is good for the joists

Share a Little Background Info

Already have a compact size, stackable front load washer and dryer that were installed on an inside wall. We aren't happy with vibration from washerso need to movethem to a different location but still remain on the 2nd floor. We have constraints due to direction the existing joists are running.

Lessons Learned

  • Laundry room on 2nd storey of an old house is very challenging. Vibration and overflow of washer are major considerations during planning stages.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

I have an article on second-floor laundry rooms that you may find helpful. There is no hard and fast rule about location because it depends upon the design structure of your home. The safest choice is to consult a structural engineer.

No washer should have excessive vibration if it is leveled correctly. However, there is a product that will significantly reduce any noise - WashPucks. They might be the answer to your current problem.

Good luck!

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