How do I get a washing machine into a tight space?


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clangers_snout

My washing machine is 2cm shorter than the bottom of the worktop that
I have to get it under and there is no room at the left or right side
(there will be about gap 1/2 cm left and right when I eventually get
it in). What I need is something like those rollers that you can fit
to the appliance and let you slide it in to place. The problem is the
smallest (in height) that I have found is about 4cm high. Can anyone
suggest another method, or a very small (less than 2cm height) roller
system please?
 
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George

My washing machine is 2cm shorter than the bottom of the worktop that
I have to get it under and there is no room at the left or right side
(there will be about gap 1/2 cm left and right when I eventually get
it in). What I need is something like those rollers that you can fit
to the appliance and let you slide it in to place. The problem is the
smallest (in height) that I have found is about 4cm high. Can anyone
suggest another method, or a very small (less than 2cm height) roller
system please?
Erm! push it in.
 
J

john.sabine

Bit of old carpet - pile side down under the machine. It should let you
slide it over most smooth floors nice and easily. Once in, you can
either leave it there, or pull it out.
Or cardboard. Or smear some washing-up liquid over the floor before
pushing the machine in.
(has the machine not got a roller anyway? Many have a leaver at ground
level on the front that when pulled forward will drop rollers down
raising the machine by only a few mm)
Don't think I've ever seen this, but it would be good. Any brands
in particular you can think of?

John
 
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John

Steven Campbell said:
I have an old MDF board (10mm thick) that I keep for the likes of this.
Not because the space it too small (although it is a small space) but it
stops me tearing the lino when pulling any of the machines in or out.

Put the board in front of the space, machine on the board and it will just
slide easy.

Steven.
I have a couple of strips of shiny faced hardboard for the same purpose -
also ideal for sliding the heavy (CRT) TV over the carpet without wrecking
the stand or the carpet. Incidentally - I wouldn't want slippery feet on the
washing machine so I am voting against the use of washing up liquid.
Using 2 strips makes it easy to tilt the machine forward a touch and swing
the strips from under the back feet - then tilt it back and swing them from
under the front feet
 
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Andrew

Probably not suitable for a washing machine since I assume you are
looking for something that will remain under the machine but I bought
a set of these at the Ideal Home show some years ago:

http://www.sliderz.co.uk/home.html

and they really are quite good for moving heavy furniture and the
like.

Andrew
 
M

meow2222

My washing machine is 2cm shorter than the bottom of the worktop that
I have to get it under and there is no room at the left or right side
(there will be about gap 1/2 cm left and right when I eventually get
it in). What I need is something like those rollers that you can fit
to the appliance and let you slide it in to place. The problem is the
smallest (in height) that I have found is about 4cm high. Can anyone
suggest another method, or a very small (less than 2cm height) roller
system please?
Should go ok if you push it at the base rather than higher up. Get
down and use your feet to do it if necessary. If i've understood you
right.


NT
 
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Colin Wilson

Bit of old carpet - pile side down under the machine. It should let you
slide it over most smooth floors nice and easily. Once in, you can
either leave it there, or pull it out.
And here I was thinking I was the only rough-arse in here to do this
:-}
 
R

robert

Should go ok if you push it at the base rather than higher up. Get
down and use your feet to do it if necessary. If i've understood you
right.


NT
AT one time thin PTFE coated steel slides could be purchased for fixing
to the floor to allow easy sliding in and out - havent been able to
find them recently.

If the machine is going to be tight fit, consider how you will get it
out ! Far more difficult

A strap left in place round the back of the machine will allow you to
pull it out later.
 
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Consider something like a firm, shiny piece of plastic, that you can leave in there. I'm thinking something like a piece of plastic fascia or soffit, that will stay in place, or alternatively, the type of kitchen cutting board(s) used for general vegetable, or meat cutting - again, leaving them in place. I'm assuming you've already determined how to make the outlet pipe and water feed connections, before sliding in the washing machine?
 
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