How to lift the corner of a heavy stove with a bottle jack

Home Improvement Asked on May 8, 2021

So I have a very heavy stove that I need to lift one corner of (to slip back in a floor protector disc that slipped out) and it’s too heavy for one person to budge. I think it’s 350 lbs.

I have a bottle jack that I’m trying to figure out if I can use, but I don’t see any reachable hardpoints to get under and only spots where I’d have to cantilever a clip or something to. The stove bottom is only an inch off the ground so I can’t get underneath it. The hardpoints are either too low for the jack, or something I can’t reach with the jack since I’d have to open the oven door. There are some small slits that I can get a small flat piece of something into perhaps, like in the horizontal grille between the door top and the controls.

Any suggestions for a simple jury rig I can do to lift up the corner of the stove with a simple part or something I can fashion from around the house? (I don’t have to move the stove if that makes things easier).

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4 Answers

An air wedge should do the trick, but you must check the bottom of the appliance can take the weight.

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Correct answer by bobflux on May 8, 2021

In order of decreasing likelihood of success:

  1. Wrangle a couple of friends, order pizza, have friends help lift the stove, have small child wriggle between the legs and put the floor protector disk in place. Feed everyone some pizza and possibly some adult beverages (if that's your thing) for the adults, and youth beverages for the youth.

  2. Use a long "spud bar" (I have one that's 6' long) or a long pry bar (3' or so). Find something solid under the stove that will take weight (avoid trim, thin vertical side panels, etc). Use a block of wood as a fulcrum to lift the stove corner. Have a helper place the floor protector under the stove. Feed the helper some pizza & a beverage.

  3. Weld together a steel frame to fit inside the oven. Put a steel plate on top of the frame. Weld a vertical framework that the platform will attach to at the door of the oven (with diagonal bracing reaching to the inside back of the oven). Place the bottle jack underneath the steel framework. Lift the stove (the framework will spread the weight across the flat plate against the roof of the oven, minimizing damage, unless there's an electric heating element there - remove if necessary). Insert floor protection disk. Lower the stove. Do something with all that extra steel. No pizza necessary for helpers because no helpers needed (except, perhaps, for moving the lifting framework into place - feed as desired).

Yes, that last one is somewhat facetious. However, I think that's the only reasonable way you'll be able to use the bottle jack to lift the stove without damaging the stove.

Answered by FreeMan on May 8, 2021

Remove the warming drawer, inspect its ceiling near opening to see if strong and rigid to take weight, find a large area where you can apply some upward pressure, put a block on the floor as fulcrum, use a larger piece of lumber as lever, insert a block of wood between lever and ceiling and carefully heave just enough to fit disc.

350lbs with a lifted side is only half that amount on the lever, and with a 4:1 lever (easily done) you're only pressing 45lbs. For the lever you could use a 2x4 even on the flat, or you might be able to use a wooden broom stick. Just try a few things carefully.

Answered by P2000 on May 8, 2021

I do not have the model number for your range, but I looked up the owners manual (listed below) for the AGA Mercury. According to the manual, you have casters on the back of that range. You can get two people or even one to lift the range and a third to slide the cup into place.

how to lift range

Naturally, I recommend verifying this is the right model and model number before you give this a shot.

Good luck.

Answered by gwally on May 8, 2021

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