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10-16-2010 05:06 AM

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Am I the only one who can not get the washing machine to quit jumping around on the spin cycle?

It drives me crazy.

I set it all up, make it level, tighten the adjustable feet, works nice for two days then it starts its crazy dancing and pounding on the floor… it’s not good for my frustration level and it cannot be good for the machine.

Is the only answer to screw metal plates to the floor and weld the thing down? :(

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 05:20 AM

I usually just lift the lid and rebalance the load of wet laundry. My wife sometimes lifts the lid and pulls the machine forward a little bit and that seems to work for her.

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 05:26 AM

Jusfine have you tryed to use an exstra nut to secure the nut that tighten the feet
that cuold be the trick you need to do


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#3 posted 10-16-2010 05:38 AM

Hey justfine: A question: Is your washing machine sitting on a hardwood floor? If so, there’s your answer.
The floor is so slick that when the machine starts its cycles and spinning, it starts “walking across the floor”.
If you don’t have hardwood floors, seek other help… But… if it is, put some rubber “pads” under the leveling feet…..that should help to keep it from bucking around… OR….do like Abbott does.

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 05:54 AM

you can also make 4 small pieces of metalstrips were you make a hole in one end and
make a notche in the other end and on the mittle you make a dobble 90degree bend
like on a cranked paringcheisel :-)
you place those pieces of metal with the notches in over the feets in a 45 degree
angle to each side of the machine and screw trugh the hole into the floor
this is a trick I have used before on raised frontload maschines where I had two big
drawers under for dirty clothe


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#5 posted 10-16-2010 06:21 AM

In our house, this usually happens when we overload the washing machine. Besides, it makes a pretty cool rhythm. In a house full of musicians, we always appreciate a good groove.

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#6 posted 10-16-2010 06:47 AM

i hate laundry

hire some one to do it, they might work for less $$$$ then you, if so….............its a win win

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#7 posted 10-16-2010 10:19 AM

I cut 4, 3” x 3” 1/2” thick rubber pads and placed them under the machine’s feet after leveling.

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#8 posted 10-16-2010 11:12 AM

Be sure that all the balancing springs are attached underneath.

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#9 posted 10-16-2010 03:36 PM

There may be a long spring attached to the drive motor. If it’s weakened or broken you will get symptoms like you describe.

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#10 posted 10-16-2010 04:02 PM

When we bought our front load washer and dryer I built a platform for them to raise them up about 12”. Of course, I don’t want the washing machine to “walk” off the platform. I cut some pieces of plywood in an “L” shape and screwed them down at each corner just outside the leg.

Works great.

FYI – Those front load washing machines are very heavy. They literally add weight to make them more stable.

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#11 posted 10-16-2010 05:25 PM

Thanks everyone.

It is a relatively new Bosch front load machine (maybe 2 years old). I have double-nutted the bolts, my wife is very conciencious about balancing the load, and yet when it goes into the high spin it starts to dance…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#12 posted 10-16-2010 05:45 PM

I have a Maytag top loader that started to do that too. I cant seem to keep it balanced. Repair said it could be an unbalanced drum, or possibly bearings. I have been suffering with it, but sooner or later I will have to have them look at it.

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#13 posted 10-17-2010 01:22 AM

Justfine: My wife has the Bosch machines and me being the cheapskate I am(more money to spend on WW) rather than buy those fancy bases at 250.00 each, I took 1/2 sheet of 3/4 PW and three 2×10’s and made the pedastel for them. No shake,no walk and no dancing. Like someone else suggested I think it’s your floor.
Just my $.02

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