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Question DetailsAsked on 11/2/2017

I need someone to help with my waterbed in Addison, IL

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What sort of help ?

Repair - which I understand generally does not work well on waterbeds - I guess contact a store selling waterbeds about a repair person or patch kit.

If you mean moving it - once you empty it, a Moving company (your Search the List catedgory) is probably most likely to be able to do so without damaging it - if moving in freezing conditions be sure it is absolutely as drain out as possible as the ice could puncture it as it moves around in shipping or upon unloading. You would have to check if movers will empty it - I doubt it, and at a minimum they would probably expect you to provide the garden hose to drain it through.

If looking for a frame for it - commercially from furniture or mattress stores handling waterbeds - or for assembly of one and help getting the bed into it and filling it, Handyman would be the category I would use - or again an assembler from a waterbed store.

If looking for an assessment whether its weight is to much to be safe for your place, a Structural Engineer is the right person for that. This is important because normal waterbed floor loading is commonly 50-100% more than the ultimate design load for a modern floor - as much as 4 times that amount in an older home. And even if the load does not exceed the design maximum load, water beds actually act as a dead load (long term) even if technically considered a live load by code - so putting one which is anywhere near the design load on a floor, especially if extending out into the room as opposed to being positioned right along a wall, can result in long-term unacceptable sagging of the floor even if it is technically safely carrying the load - especially with wood subflooring. This can result in not only a swaybacked floor in that room, but also downward bowing and cracking of drywall/plaster on underlying ceilings - and of course in extreme cases ultimate failure.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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