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Old 09-03-2012, 10:33 PM   #1
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I was thinking of putting in a cement pad in the laundry room to better support the front-load washing machine to reduce vibration felt in the rest of the house. I was told without reason that it may not be a good idea to add cement in this case.
Can anyone give me some info on why this would be a bad idea?

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how about a thick rubber pad

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If you're on wood framing, adding additional weight like that will only enhance the amount of movement the framing is currently experiencing. The difference might be that the framing oscillation will be of less frequency but higher amplitude.

If you're looking for isolation, then isolation mounts are the way to go: http://www.totalvibrationsolutions.c...ion-mounts.jpg
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If you're on wood framing, adding additional weight like that will only enhance the amount of movement the framing is currently experiencing. The difference might be that the framing oscillation will be of less frequency but higher amplitude.

If you're looking for isolation, then isolation mounts are the way to go: http://www.totalvibrationsolutions.c...ion-mounts.jpg

Where do you get those bad boys from?
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The ballroom of the Dana Thomas house here in Springfield, IL, actually has Railroad car springs under the main floor, to dampen the trains rolling by on the tracks right behind the structure. You can actually jump on the flooring deck and feel it move a little. They did the same with the Norad buildings in the caves also.
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how about a thick rubber pad

Tried it. I think the washer is defective but I'm out of the warranty stage. Took me too long with too many attempts at different things to figure out it's a bust.
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Where do you get those bad boys from?
That website the picture came from has alot, but you'd have to do a little fabrication/customization work to get those to work perfect for your washer. You may have to create a platform that contains those isolators and the washer sits on that. I did a quick HD and Lowe's search but it's all just the rubber isolater pads.

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