My Washing Machine is Shaking My House

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Posted by: from Orillia
10/19/2011 at 11:42:06 AM

I have a front load washing machine located on the main floor of my home, it shakes so badly that we now have nail pops. We have tried shock absorbers but they do not work. Any suggestions?

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Date/Time10/19/2011 at 12:05:00 PM

Try putting it in the basement. These appliances are designed to be on a solid footing. I.e. Concrete.

Good luck

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Date/Time10/19/2011 at 5:35:43 PM

Hi Bianca! tom is right a better situation for the washer would be the basement. However it sounds to me like you have more serious problems than that. Try leveling the machinewith the legs on the bottom. They unscrew out and screw in to level the machine. These machines spin at high rates of speed and need to be perfectly level. It may take some time to do so but put a level on top and take your time. Also make sure you tighten the nuts on the legs so that the legs don't move after you level the machine. But I would be curious to know if you have some structural problems if it is popping nails in the drywall. Also be careful how much you put in the machine it can also make the load unbalanced and the machine whether it is level or not wants to go thru the house for a walk. Hope this helps.


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Dave from 360renos in Navan
Date/Time10/20/2011 at 7:15:59 AM

Good Morning Bianca,

Yup, they spin like a jet engine!

I've heard of home owners adding numerous 2x6 blocking between their laundry room floor joists if it is accessible from the basement.

With engineered 'I' beams in homes today there is a more flex in the floor causing vibrations to be felt through out the home.

No idea if it works though.



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