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Install a Dumbwaiter

Imagine moving laundry from the basement to the second floor with just the press of a button. DIY Network's Paul Ryan demonstrates how to install a dumbwaiter in just one weekend.

  • Time

  • Price Range

  • Easy/Moderate

    Hard

Complete the following four projects to install a dumbwaiter in your home:

1
  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Easy/Moderate

    Hard

Install a Dumbwaiter: Get Started

Host Paul Ryan shows how to prep an area for a dumbwaiter. Use these step-by-step instructions to cut out an opening in the floor for the dumbwaiter shaft.

2
  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Easy/Moderate

    Hard

Install a Dumbwaiter: Frame the Shaft

Using 2x4s, host Paul Ryan demonstrates how to frame in the dumbwaiter shaft on the upper and lower floors.

3
  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Easy/Moderate

    Hard

Install a Dumbwaiter: Assemble the Motor

Host Paul Ryan shows how to assemble the motor with these step-by-step instructions. He also demonstrates how to add the guide rails for the dumbwaiter to move up and down on.

4
  • Time

    Day

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Easy/Moderate

    Moderate to Hard

Install a Dumbwaiter: Add the Drive Belt and Cable

Host Paul Ryan gives step-by-step instructions on how to install the drive belt and stop for the dumbwaiter.

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