Step 5: Add a Drip Pan

washing machine drip pan
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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A drip pan under the washer will catch any leaks (and is required in second-floor laundry rooms). Look in plumbing-supply stores or home centers for a pan with a drain so any water that collects can be diverted to a floor drain. You'll need a helper and perhaps a dolly to lift the washer gently onto the pan so as not to crack it. Then, each time you run a load, make sure no water has leaked out.
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    1. STEEL-JACKETED WASHING MACHINE HOSES

    2. DRIP PAN (optional)

    3. 4-INCH ROUND STEEL DUCT with 90-degree elbows

    4. ALUMINUM DUCT TAPE