Novel Method to Stop a Washing Machine 'Walking'

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Introduction: Novel Method to Stop a Washing Machine 'Walking'

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.

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    12 Discussions

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    optiblah
    optiblah

    8 months ago

    LOL, good one. Unfortunately I have a free standing one. I used to sit on it during the spin cycles until I got too annoyed by it (low diagonal dry wall ceiling), and then I just put an anti-slip mat and my heavy tool box on top of the washing machine. That keeps it from walking most of the time. The toolbox does move around with the mat but fortunately it has some bars where a contraption with wheels can be attached, so the bars keep the toolbox from falling off the washing machine when they hit the elevated edges of the machine cover.

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    Wingletang
    Wingletang

    Reply 8 months ago

    Ha ha - many thanks optiblah. Some pictures of this would be great.....

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    1 year ago

    I followed your detailed solution for the wash machine before, but this is the icing on the Cake! Good job!

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    Wingletang
    Wingletang

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks Jeanniel1. I am now working on my next Instructable that DOESN'T involve our washing machine!

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    Reply 1 year ago

    Maybe the dryer needs some attention? LOL! Keep up the good work!

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    Wingletang
    Wingletang

    Reply 1 year ago

    The next project does not involve any washroom equipment!

    The dryer does not spin at such a high speed as the washing machine so it does not 'walk'. The control knob is a simple fixed click type without LEDs so the Bumpons work AOK.

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    1 year ago

    Nice work!

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    Wingletang
    Wingletang

    Reply 1 year ago

    Many thanks Makerneer!

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    1 year ago

    Oh, that's a great solution!

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    jim0825
    jim0825

    Reply 1 year 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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    Wingletang
    Wingletang

    Reply 1 year 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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    Wingletang
    Wingletang

    Reply 1 year ago

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