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30 May 2013 @ 08:03 pm
Houston, Washer Is GO For Rotation, Dryer Is GO For Rotation  
In the usual "you've GOT to be kidding me" turn of events, when I went to mark the location for the hatch cut through I found a pipe. Could have been a gas pipe, could have been a water pipe, but it ran right up the middle of the only stud gap where a cut through would work.

So much for THAT idea.

However, while in the same location I found that the gas connector actually had a full extra foot coiled between the studs, so I was able to pull it up and through and find slack for the gas connection for the dryer.

Electrical cord length - check. Gas connection length - check.

A stop at the hardware store and I created a new connection for the vent hose (now including a removable connector to allow an annual clean-out and inspection!) that checked off the vent hose length.

Dryers are light, but the tightness of the space meant that some very awkward positioning would still need to take place before being able to make all the connections (checking the gas connection for bubbles...) and slide the thing in to its spot on top of the already plumbed, leveled, and tested washer.

With much groaning and hefting from ladyat, and the help of a sawhorse to allow extended holding of said dryer in said awkward position, said connections were made and we said "PUSH! PUSH!" - well, OK, "Lift! No, over there! Tilt this way! Lift once more! NOW!"

Bottom line is that the dryer is in place above the washer, the everything has been hooked up and tested, and launderation may commence.

As soon as I get all the frakin' tools put away, that is.

The good part - to build the hatch, I was going to need to do a lot of trim nailing, and I finally got the compressor and nail gun I've been wanting for a couple of years. No hatch building shall commence, unfortunately, but since I picked up a pin nailer as well as a finish nailer I can now start building some of the custom frames I've been wanting to do for a while...
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Maia Cmaiac on May 31st, 2013 02:35 am (UTC)
If you get to buy new tools, then it's totally worth it.
filklore_on_lj on May 31st, 2013 08:14 am (UTC)
Well I learned something today, I never knew that such a thing as a gas-powered dryer existed.

Then I thought "must be a US thing", but on checking, found it is an option in the UK as well.

Good job on getting it all sorted.
Alanpatoadam on May 31st, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on successful launderation! Hope you enjoy all the laundry settings available to you, especially cottons, linens, wash-and-wear, rinse, and lingerie.

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