How to Lift a Washing Machine Onto a Pedestal

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A washing machine is heavier than it might look.

If you have decided to lift your washing machine onto a pedestal you are likely to need three people to complete the installation. If you attempt to lift the machine yourself, you could hurt your back. The drum in a washing machine is heavy and, given the size, at least two people are need to lift the machine several feet so a third person can help with the pedestal.


Step 1

Open the front door of the washing machine and place a person on the left and another on the right of the machine.

Step 2

Support the front of the machine. Both people should place one hand inside the machine and press it against the top. They should place the other hand against the back of the machine. They should bend their legs to get into position.

Step 3

Lift straight up on the machine by lifting with legs and not with arms or back. This will minimize back stress.


Step 4

Advise the third person to slide the pedestal under the washing machine and have him center the pedestal.

Step 5

Lower the washing machine slowly onto the pedestal, making sure it stays centered.


Lisa Wampler

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