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I'd like to replace the water hoses on my stacked washer/dryer set - the purchase records for the set show that they are 6 years old, and as far as I know the hoses have never been replaced.

They are in a narrow closet that's only about 8 - 10" wider than the washer/dryer itself. If I took the folding door off, I think I could squeeze beside the set to reach the back and replace the hoses, but I still need to slide it out from the wall to gain access to the recessed hose box. It's in a small narrow bathroom, so there's not a whole lot of working space in the room itself.

Since I didn't see the installation of the units, I have no idea how to slide them away from the wall, I don't know if they joined the set outside the closet and slid them in as a unit, or if they stacked them inside the closet.

I see how I could pry up the front of the set to place it on a furniture slider or a very low dolly, but I don't see how to get the back to slide. The back of the set is only about 2" from the wall, so I couldn't tip it back very far to slide anything beneath it.

The washer is a front loader, and the washer/dryer set weighs about 350 lbs.

Is there some sort of specialized dolly that can jack up the whole set to move it away from the wall? Is there some other trick to moving the set?

Even if I wanted to split the set and remove the dryer to lighten the load on the washer or to make it easier to reach the hose box, I'd still have to get behind the unit to disconnect the dryer gas line and power cord.

Any tips/techniques for this, or should I hire an appliance repair person (or team) to do it?

washer-dryer set in closet

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What's behind the wall at rear of machines? You might be able to access the water hoses that way, then build an access cover over the opening for future use. –  getterdun Oct 21 '13 at 3:11
Interesting idea, but someone else's condo is behind that wall. Though I think that if it came down to cutting holes in the wall, i'd just bring in a professional repairman to replace the hoses. –  Johnny Oct 21 '13 at 3:39
homedepot.com/p/100168406 –  mike Oct 22 '13 at 6:56
Yeah, I've seen those low appliance rollers, but I see no easy way to get rollers or furniture sliders under the unit since I can't tip it to the back or sides to get anything underneath. The airsled below looks closest to what I need since it can slide underneath and then raise the unit off the floor. –  Johnny Oct 22 '13 at 14:50
6 Years in not a long time for a water hose. In an other 4 years start looking for some strong helpers –  Justin K Oct 22 '13 at 23:13

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Someone like a repairman who frequently has to move stuff like this would probably have an "Air Dolly" or "Air Sled". These use air pressure to lift and move heavy objects like stoves, washer/dryers, fridges, etc. The linked product can hold 800lbs. Unfortunately they are expensive so it's probably not something you would acquire for a one-time move, though you might see if you can rent or borrow one.


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Furniture movers are glides that slip under the feet of furniture or appliances to allow then to slide.

furniture movers

The hard plastic slides on rugs and the fuzzy covers slide on hard floors.

You can slip a pair of these under the front of your unit and, if you can, under the back legs as well. If not, tilt the unit slightly forward and pull. This is best done with two people.

These stackables are usually placed one at a time, but the upper unit clips into the lower fairly firmly. There is often a screw connection. If there is not room to get behind to disconnect the upper, better to pull them out as a unit. Almost always the lines (water, power, gas, vent) are long enough to get the unit free of the closet and to then reach behind it, but check as you go, using a mirror if need be.

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I went to Home Depot, they told me to spray something like windex or some soapy water near the feet of the bottom and kind of wiggle until the set slides. I can tell you it works with a little bit of effort to get it started.

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I just thought of a way that I'd try. Get some sliders, or make some cardboard pads by folding over 4"x4" pieces for each of the front corners. Buy a furniture jack (see example below) to lift up one front corner at a time and slide the slider under it. Repeat for other front corner. Work a large rope behind the washing machine below the water valves. You and someone else pull on the each end of the rope to pull both units forward while slightly tilting them forward. Once you gain access to a back corner, put glider under it too. If you don't want to buy the furniture jack, try lifting corners using a crowbar. Just put 3/8" plywood scrap below bottom of crowbar to prevent marring floor. enter image description here

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