appliance modification: stacking my dryer
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Like the title says, I want to stack my dryer over my washer, and I don't really have the funds to replace the dryer with a stackable one. (Also, Sears has, apparently, no way to tell me which dryer will stack on my washer, or which kit to use.) My problem is that the control panel is on top and at the back of the dryer.

What do you think of this solution: remove the control panel and extend each of the 15 wires about 6', so I can mount the panel in a convenient place, like the wall. 

If all goes well with adding the lengths of wire, do you think the control panel will still work? Or are these wires more complicated than I think?

Thanks,
Sean
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#12
  Re: appliance modification: stacking my dryer by colibas (Like the title says,...)
Does anyone else hear banjo music?


I'd use a ladder even though I don't have a good track record with ladders.
 
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  Re: appliance modification: stacking my dryer by colibas (Like the title says,...)
You're not wrong about the banjo. I may end up on the news.
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(07-30-2017, 10:48 AM)colibas Wrote: ...I don't really have the funds to replace the dryer with a stackable one...

Sell your dryer and buy a stackable one with the proceeds.
Wood is good. 
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  Re: appliance modification: stacking my dryer by colibas (Like the title says,...)
Presuming the dryer is a front loader (I've never seen a top load dryer, but they may be out there), and this may sound silly, but if you really want an easy way to do this just mount it upside down over the washer and learn to read the control panel upside down.  I can't think of anything in a dryer that requires "normal" gravity.
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(07-30-2017, 12:53 PM)Admiral Wrote: Presuming the dryer is a front loader (I've never seen a top load dryer, but they may be out there), and this may sound silly, but if you really want an easy way to do this just mount it upside down over the washer and learn to read the control panel upside down.  I can't think of anything in a dryer that requires "normal" gravity.

A front loader spins on a bearing which is basically a piece of crescent shaped plastic under the front lip of the drum. The drum would just be hanging from the belt if it were upside down.

I kind of like the idea of trading it in on an over-under. I'll betcha it could be done on craigslist. I traded a 50" zero turn mower plus 400 cash for a 50" riding mower. Took the 400 and bought a new Stihl chainsaw, also on craigslist. It all happened within 48 hours.
 
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  Re: appliance modification: stacking my dryer by colibas (Like the title says,...)
Sell both and buy a used set that stack
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Oh, well, I guess it WAS a silly idea.  Slap
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I appreciate everyone's responses. I have thought about various options of selling the current set up and buying used, and maybe that's the best idea. But so far, no one has said that extending the wiring _won't_ work. That plan is free. And it will look cool.
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#20
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I don't see why extending the wiring would not work assuming it is a electric dryer.     Remember sharp edges  and moving parts when routing the wiring and ground the control panel.   Flexible conduit would probably be the way to go along with covering the open areas of the dryer and control panel.    Roly The looking cool part will depend on your workmanship and safety aspects.
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