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Post# 1025652   2/25/2019 at 22:24 by Rberryiii3 (Palm Springs, California)        

I took the GE filled flow washer and dryer out yesterday to install the newest member of the family
The 1965 turquoise Kenmore 800 washer and Lady Kenmored dryer What I didnít do was measure the space in the laundry room . Of course Iím about a quarter of an inch off say that I am bitterly disappointed would be a gross understatement. I had thought about rotating some of my Kenmores iin the garage into the house guess that wonít be happening anyway hereís some pictures

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Post# 1025668 , Reply# 1   2/26/2019 at 01:02 by RP2813 (West Coast)        

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That's devastating!

Post# 1025669 , Reply# 2   2/26/2019 at 01:11 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Post# 1025673 , Reply# 3   2/26/2019 at 01:36 by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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I would leave it like that and use them anyway lol

Post# 1025677 , Reply# 4   2/26/2019 at 05:19 by appnut (TX)        

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I can give a suggestion my cousins had to do with their 1970 Kenmore 700 set due to a laundry situation arrangement in the house they bought in 1970 in a converted bedroom closet.  Pull the dryer back out of the way.  Rotate the washer 1/4 of a turn to the right such that the lid is facing you--end up having the lid open "front to back" and then you'll have room for the dryer to go all the way back.  My cousin lived with the arrangement like that for 4 years until they were transferred.  


The 1950s house they bought originally had the washer in the kitchen and the dryer was way out back in the garage.  Someone at some point tapped into the hall bath plumbing and allowed water/drain connections for the washer and gas line for the dryer.  

Post# 1025683 , Reply# 5   2/26/2019 at 06:14 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Why would there be a gas line in the bathroom?


You could also use the 27" GE dryer beside the 29" Kenmore washer; not a match but a pair that fits.

Post# 1025694 , Reply# 6   2/26/2019 at 09:20 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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is it possible to remove the baseboard on the side, to allow for a bit of extra room to slide the dryer in?....

and/or...what is next to the washer?

Post# 1025722 , Reply# 7   2/26/2019 at 13:41 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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That looks awfully close. Try pushing a little each day. The wall and the sides of the appliances may suffer a little but it may be worth it . Do you have any hefty, full-figured friends like me? They come in handy for tasks like this. When I went to install my new wall oven I had a similar problem. Try as I might I couldn't get the last 1/4" in. I finally sat down on the floor and pushed it in with my legs and feet. It took several tries but it finally went in. If this were today, I couldn't get down on the floor let alone get up.


Push Simba, push!

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Post# 1025741 , Reply# 8   2/26/2019 at 16:28 by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

twintub, I feel your pain! Night before leaving on vaca Sears delivers a KM one piece laundry unit and hooks up the water backward. I managed to get it out of the closet but it wouldn't go all the way back in. I tried everything to no use. Finally got pissed and hit it with a full shoulder body block. In it went and we never spoke of the huge dent in the front again!

Post# 1025775 , Reply# 9   2/26/2019 at 21:28 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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WP/KM BD machines are great, but they are on the wider side, and they are a little shorter than most Maytags of the era. If I ever got a WP/KM belt drive set, I would probably would have to extend the leveling feet all the way to make to machine a little taller so it wouldnít be so short, and to make it easier to load and unload, other than the WP/KM BD drives being on the shorter side, they are still one of my favorite machines along with Maytag.

Post# 1025776 , Reply# 10   2/26/2019 at 21:33 by cornutt (Huntsville, AL USA)        
Gas line in the bathroom

I've seen lots of old houses in this area that had gas space heaters in the bathroom. My grandparents had that.

Post# 1025825 , Reply# 11   2/27/2019 at 10:36 by kd12 (Arkansas)        
Peerless Wall Heaters

Yep, very common in Mid-century bathrooms. Could put a whole thread on these in the Super forum. Still see them in houses from that time working today. Probably not as safe as a NuTone heater though.

Post# 1026081 , Reply# 12   3/2/2019 at 18:40 by Rberryiii3 (Palm Springs, California)        
Tight fit

Tight fit

Thanks everyone for the suggestions I did take off the baseboards but it still wouldnít fit Iím gonna pull the dryer out tomorrow and take a look see if I can do anything so anyway feel kind of stupid that I didnít realize that Kenmore was wider than the general electric pair thanks again for all the help

Post# 1026085 , Reply# 13   3/2/2019 at 19:06 by sfh074 ( )        
If I really wanted them installed and needed an extra 1/2in

I'd remove the 5/8" or 1/2" drywall on the sides of your laundry area and swap with 1/4". At a minimum, from the floor up 4 feet or so just under the upper cabinets. Or all the way up. Easily done with less than one sheet.

Post# 1026182 , Reply# 14   3/4/2019 at 03:28 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

"Peerless Wall Heaters

Yep, very common in Mid-century bathrooms. Could put a whole thread on these in the Super forum. Still see them in houses from that time working today. Probably not as safe as a NuTone heater though. "

KD12 , please do... I'm curious!

And I love all types of vintage heaters (except the killer wall heater I have here)

Post# 1026588 , Reply# 15   3/8/2019 at 15:10 by Rberryiii3 (Palm Springs, California)        
Tight fit

I think Iím going to go with the drywall idea I have a lot of older KenmoreĎs that Iíd like to use I have a 56 pair and a gold mid 60s pair I donít know exactly what year . good idea about the drywall thanks again .

Post# 1026595 , Reply# 16   3/8/2019 at 18:29 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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I guess it involves a lot of work, but when you're finished you'll have a laundry room with a super-wow factor. I'd serve appetizers on those Kenmores...with the console lights on of course.

Post# 1026631 , Reply# 17   3/9/2019 at 07:56 by sfh074 ( )        
Glad to hear .....

you're going with the drywall idea.

To make it easier make a horizontal cut in your drywall about 6-8" above the control towers on each side and remove the lower portions. Then, measure the thickness of the drywall you removed. Should be 1/2" or maybe even 5/8". Then go to Homer's and buy a strip of this in the thickness you measured. And a strip of it also in 1/4".

Cut it to length and slip it up under/over the cut edge of the existing drywall on both sides. When you have the 1/4" sheetrock cut to size, slip a length of the 1/4" J bead over the top edge and install the sheetrock.

The idea is to have the two J beads back to back to give a nice clean step transition from 1/2" to 1/4" drywall requiring no drywall mud or futsing around with ragged edges.

And if and when you decide to move, it would be a simple matter of swapping back to the original thickness and taping the horizontal seam.

Bud - Atlanta

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