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Question DetailsAsked on 11/28/2014

Who should I call to get a quote on adding washer/dryer hookups to an attached garage? General contractor?

I would like to add a washer/dryer hookup to my garage. The garage has unfinished walls and is only attached to the house on one side. The electrical box is out there and the gas hot water heater tank is out there.

I basically do not know who to call. I figure I'll need a quote from an electrician, plumber, and hvac person. Is that correct? Or should I just call a general contractor?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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You are right - and add carpenter, so if you don't want to deal with multiple contractors, then a Remodeling - General Contractor might make things easier on you.

Why a carpenter you say - because you will need a platform 18" or so high under them as they are potential sources of ignition of gasoline fumes, and sources (motors, burners, etc) have to be 18" off the floor. This also makes it a real nuisance because then, at least for most people, you need a 3 foot deep platform extension and steps on the platform to get up to load/unload the washer and handle knobs and buttons and such - which now about 6 foot deep platform then typically interferes with parking, plus makes for twisted ankles going up and down the steps with loads of clothes in your arm. This is a main reason you find few washer/dryers in the garage.

And before you ask - a utility room has the same requirements if connected by air to the garage - exempt only if internal to the main house, with a fire-rated garage door and zero air connections between it and the garage.

There are several recent questions about this type of change in Home > Plumbing in the Browse Projects area at lower left - you can also find come of them (and more listed below them as links) by putting the phrase - move washer - in the Ask box.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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