Thank goodness for the Tool Lending Library. They lent us a circle cutter and a powerful drill.
Here you can see our new washer and dryer, as well as the hole that our handyman installed. The hoses for the washer don't reach and so we have purchased more hoses to give us length. Mick, at our Lowe's was quite helpful in solving this problem. Now the main problem comes with the cord for the dryer. We are about an inch short of length and six feet is the longest cord allowed by code. What to do?
Destination: Hole in wall part II
Matt's excellent math skills told us that we would have enough cord if the hole was just a few inches higher than it was. Here you can see our pretty hole:
And here's the hole that also lets us plug in the dryer. As solutions go, it's a pretty good one. We can always have Wesley the handyman come back and make our hole pretty too. Plus, it's in the closet where the litter boxes will be. That doesn't need to be a pretty space.
Success! Both the washer and dryer work! Hooray!