Novel Method to Stop a Washing Machine 'Walking'

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About: IT / CAD Professional with keen amateur interest in technology for the visually impaired.

In a previous Instructable I described how I made our washing machine talk to help my wife Sue who is totally blind. The machine could definitely 'talk the talk'.

Unfortunately, it could also 'walk the walk'.

During high speed spin cycles it would often vibrate and move across the floor several inches, only stopping when it pressed at an angle against the adjacent tumble dryer.

This Instructable describes a conventional approach (that did not work) and a novel approach (that did).

Step 1: The Conventional Approach

In order to try to prevent the 'walking' I purchased a set of WPRO Shock Absorber Pads, available from Amazon here.

These are rubbery plastic pads that 'absorb the vibrations that are caused by working household appliances such as washing machines'.

I placed one pad under each foot of the machine, making sure that the machine remained perfectly level. Whilst these pads did reduce the apparent vibration, the machine still walked significantly during high speed spin cycles.

Time for some lateral thinking!

Step 2: The Unconventional Approach

Eventually, I hit upon the idea of inserting the pads in two piles of two between the top of the machine and the sturdy worktop above it. Each pile of two pads fitted tightly in this gap, fixing the machine firmly in position against the floor.

Subsequently, during high speed spin cycles, the washing machine does not walk at all - see the attached video.

The vibration is also noticeably reduced. So, 'thinking outside of the box but upside down' has solved an annoying problem.

This is my entry in the 1 Hour Challenge contest (although this fix takes a lot less than 60 minutes!).

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    jim0825jessyratfink

    Reply 9 days ago

    Seems odd that the washer should consistently vibrate so much that it "walks." Most front loaders have sensors to detect excessive vibration and take steps to redistribute the load. Have yo contacted Samsung (the model shown in the photos) or checked teh web for possible root cause (ex: https://www.samsung.com/levant/support/home-appliances/when-my-washing-machine-vibrates-excessively/ ) While the shock reducing pads may be preventing the machine from "walking" they aren't really addressing the reason for the vibration. If the vibration is allowed to continue, it will probably put excessive load on the bearings/drum supports and shorten the life of the washer.

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    Wingletangjim0825

    Reply 9 days ago

    Hello jimo825. Thank you for this. The vibration is quite low level (and within limits according to our engineer), but sufficient to make the machine 'walk'. The main problem appears to be the smooth laminate floor surface of our 'utility room', (actually part of our conservatory).

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    Wingletangjessyratfink

    Reply 16 days ago

    Thank you Jessy. A nice short Instructable from me for a change!