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1.  Poured concrete slab to raise stack dryers

Posted 10 days ago
I'm retooling an old laundromat. I'm putting in Dexter stack dryers. 3-50lb and 8-30lb
I want to raise them a bit off the floor to ease access for the lower unit and to help prevent any flood damage as I am in a flood zone.
What is the correct height to go with, 3-1/2"(2x4 on its side), 5-1/2"(2x6 on its side), or 7-1/4"(2x8 on its side).
Any help will be appreciated.
Thomas


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Thomas Landenberger
Store Owner/ Employee
Fratelli Bowen S.R.L.
Reggello, Italy
fratellibowensrl@hotmail.com
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2.  RE: Poured concrete slab to raise stack dryers

Posted 10 days ago
Edited by Miguel A. Gonzalez 10 days ago

Hello Thomas,

According to Dexter Operator's Manual / Installation & Operation Instructions 8514-233-001 rev. A Floor to Door Center- Bottom Dryer (sitting on the ground) to the center of the window´s diameter

In the lower dryer, you have

T 30 x 2                 20 1/8" (511 mm.) Door Opening 22 5/8" (575 mm.)

T 50 x 2                 20 3/4" (527 mm.) Door Opening 25 5/8" (653 mm.)

Difference              5/8" or 0.0625" (16 mm.)

Door Opening Difference            3" (78mm.)

 

And Floor to Door Center- Top Dryer you have

T 30 x 2                 57 3/4" (1,467 mm.)

T 50 x 2                 59 3/4" (1,518 mm.)

Difference              2"         (51 mm)


So, if I were you I will build a concrete slab from  3 1/2" to 4". Been in a flood zone and having more 30lbs. stacks than 50lbs. I certainly will go for the 4".

How ever for the 50 lbs., for clients short stature reaching bottom / half height window of the top dryer and deep into the cylinder to rescue their clothes will become a real challenge.  Then I will go for 3".  Let´s hear other suggestions.

Starting today begin measuring your customer´s height to be precise. How tall are italian women?  LOL.

Good luck





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Miguel A Gonzalez
DF
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3.  RE: Poured concrete slab to raise stack dryers

Posted 10 days ago
Thomas,

Have you considered all single pocket dryers?

Advantages.
Cylinders are at the perfect height for convenient access.
A competitive advantage over nearby Laundromats with stacked dryers.
Command higher vend prices.
Eliminate customer crowding thus increasing customer comfort.
Self cleaning screens.
Easier to work on.
Provide a much more impressive dryer department.

No, I don't sell equipment and I don't want your money.

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Larry Adamski
Muskegon Laundromat
Spring Lake MI
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4.  RE: Poured concrete slab to raise stack dryers

Posted 9 days ago
Be sure your new dryer sizes work with your current or planned wash size and capacity.  We have a small store with 21 washers and have 6- 45 lb stacks and 4- 30 lb stacks (A 7 - 3 mix would have worked as well).  I know some operators have given up on 30 lb machines altogether.

Concrete is fine, but you can get treated wood that might work as well and cost less.  You would have to check with your Mfg. to see what might be recommended or allowed.

I would not go more than 2x4 on the 50's and 2x6 on the 30's.

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Les Monthei
Potential Investor
Redding CA
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5.  RE: Poured concrete slab to raise stack dryers

Posted 9 days ago
We used a 3" concrete base for the dryers at two of our stores and really like the effect. You're able to trim it up with tile very nicely.

I'm on mobile so let's see if I can post this link to a virtual tour of our store correctly:

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Brian Henderson
Operations Manager | Liberty Laundry
Owner | Wash-Dry-Fold POS
Broken Arrow OK
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6.  RE: Poured concrete slab to raise stack dryers

Posted 9 days ago
I have My Huebsch stacks on a 2x6 framed base.  Bottom pockets get used considerably more than my other store without the base.  Also, they look more impressive.

 I run into this issue though, I was planning to add some 45 stacks but they look the same as the 30 stacks next to each other, only the door is bigger.  Instead I'm going with more 75# singles.

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Timothy Foster
Multi-Store Owner/ Employee
Toledo
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7.  RE: Poured concrete slab to raise stack dryers

Posted 9 days ago
OMG OMG OMG

FIRST WHAT IS FLOOD WATER HEIGHT ON AVERAGE FOR LAST 10yrs PER CITY DATA.

IF ONLY 1inch or so is ok AND IN MY BOOK ITS NOT A REAL FLOOD.

IF LAST FLOOD AVERAGE IS IN FEET OR METERS. WHAT GOOD IS 4inch GOING TO DO.

REALLY????

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ORIGINAL GODFATHER
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8.  RE: Poured concrete slab to raise stack dryers

Posted 9 days ago
​Plus the added base will make the already high top pockets even harder to load and unload.  Not a fan of stacks.
RP

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Richard Porqueddu
Store Owner/ Employee
Sayville Laundromat, Inc.
Middle Island NY
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9.  RE: Poured concrete slab to raise stack dryers

Posted 9 days ago
Timothy:  We have our 30 lb and 45 lb stacks side by side in one room....there is no mistaking that the 45 lb's are considerably larger due to the size of the door.

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Les Monthei
Potential Investor
Redding CA
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10.  RE: Poured concrete slab to raise stack dryers

Posted 9 days ago
I installed new dryers in both of my stores raised on flat 2x6" planks and the added 1.5' clearance serves for good make up air travel. On occasion I find a bill the got sucked under which is a nice benefit to consider too. ;)

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David Keith
Store Owner/ Employee
san diego CA
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