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Author Topic: Washer leak catch pan lip protector  (Read 4138 times)

Offline johnnason

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Washer leak catch pan lip protector
« on: September 10, 2014, 07:49:25 AM »

Here's an idea I came up with a few years back. We've all worked on washers in those flimsy plastic leak catch pans that were already damaged from installation or routine customer use. There are sturdier versions of those catch pans but most are cheap plastic with a lip around the perimeter that is about 2-3 inches high. Placing the device I came up with over that front lip allows you to pull the washer forward in the pan and set the front of the washer down on this "lip protector". You can also stand on this protector and it provides great protection for the lip.

It's made of 3" schedule 40 PVC pipe available at Lowe's or Home Depot in 3 or 4' lengths for about $5.
I cut it about 26 or 27inches long then lay a carpenters level or something that's about 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide along the LENGTH of the pvc pipe and mark two lines on each side. Cut along those lines (lengthwise) with a jig saw with a fine tooth blade and you've now got your very own "Lip Protector"

Photos show it in use under a washer but without the plastic catch pan, sorry I didn't have a catch pan in my garage.

Hope this simple device serves other techs as well as it does me.

John Nason
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Dover, Delaware
 

Offline LowSL2

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Re: Washer leak catch pan lip protector
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2014, 08:55:23 AM »
That's awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Time to run to Lowes and add this to my arsenal.
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Offline AJ

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Re: Washer leak catch pan lip protector
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2014, 11:01:16 AM »
Very nice, thanks for sharing.

Offline Applianceman727

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Re: Washer leak catch pan lip protector
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2014, 03:52:07 PM »
Aw-some. I really hate those pans but I love your solution.

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Re: Washer leak catch pan lip protector
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2014, 04:38:07 PM »
kickass! :cheers: :cheers:

Offline Maytag Man 6725

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Re: Washer leak catch pan lip protector
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2014, 02:49:10 PM »
Great idea, thanks!

Offline Wedgeman55

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Re: Washer leak catch pan lip protector
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2015, 06:20:10 PM »
Im gonna stop tomorrow and get that pipe.    great idea.   Just had one of those on a direct drive and couldn't get cabinet off to put on lid switch.   Ended up just leaning it forward as far as I could and changed it that way.     
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Offline OTAServ

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Re: Washer leak catch pan lip protector
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2018, 08:31:37 PM »
OMG thatís friggan awesome.   Iím new to this forum and just reading thru old (and new) threads and came across this.  What a great idea.  Over the past 20 years Iíve run into probably hundreds of those crappy pans and always just told my customers that thereís a good chance that I might crack the pan while doing service on their washer. Most are understanding and agree to allow me to proceed but this solves that problem completely.  Iíll be making one of these tomorrow for sure. I probably already have some of this 3Ēpvc on hand too.
Thanks for sharing this great tip.