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sgt809 06-27-2006 12:02 AM

Utility room nightmare
Hey all,
I am am an avid DIY'er but have run into something I want to get an opinion on. We recently bought a two story 1920's cottage home, and after a break in (and vandalism of the worst kind), I have almost completely remodeled the home. The only area unscathed by the lowlifes who destroyed my home is the wash/utility room. I just bought a nice set of front loading washer/dryer, however, after getting them home I now have a serious problem. I acannot get the darn washer to balance. All levels indicate the washer is level, but during the spin cycle it travels across my floor at about 2mph...
From what i can tell with my screwdriver, I have a soft floor underneath the room and probably need to replace the suibfloor. My question is how thick should I go, and how do I get the old stuff out without tearing up the walls. The space is about 12' long by 7' wide. It is next to the kitchen and a hallway. The current flooring is 3/4 inch (real 3/4 inch) thick now, and when finished I want to lay hardi-board and tile on the new floor. Do I need to suck it up and get the 1" stuff or can I get away with 3/4 because I am applying a 1/4" backerboard and tiles? Any help would be appreciated..

MrNoMaintenance 06-27-2006 05:29 AM

2 mph, so what kind of gas mileage do you get? :)

First off, it sounds like you may be washing too large of a load. However, at the end of the day this problem goes back to the washer. Regardless of how soft your floor may be, the washer should not be vibrating and traveling like it does.

A ¾ inch (plywood) floor should be thick enough, unless you’re looking at dry rot. It could be that the unit sits level but doesn’t sit with equal weight on each foot. Something to try before replacing the floor might be to place thick rubber pads under each foot thereby giving the unit some room to “bounce” up and down but still maintain a grip on the floor. If all else fails, you could “bolt” the thing down by placing the feet inside a frame that’s attached to the floor. The thing to keep in mind is that no matter what you do to keep it from traveling, if it’s still vibrating, it will transfer the vibration (and related noise) through the floor to the rest of the house.

redline 06-27-2006 06:46 AM

Do you have access to the under side of the floor?

yudamann 06-27-2006 08:33 AM

check out the washer
Eliminate the washer as the source before tackling the structural problem. Run a load of wash w/ no clothes in the machine. If it still moves, you have a serious imbalance within the washer. Check under the machine to be sure that all shipping braces have been removed. These protect the machine from movement during shipment but will prevent the tub from "floating" on the isolation springs as designed if not removed. There may be more than one set of braces, so check the installation manual carefully.

KUIPORNG 06-27-2006 10:02 AM

I had similar problem before and end up somthing small
I bought a washer for my parents apartment, same thing happen when I test run it.... It was new, and I have no idea, finally read the manual, it has something I need to pull out of the machine which is somthing to help its inside sturcutre not get damage during transportation, after I pull out that string or plastic or somthing, the machine works great.

May be same situation apply to yours... I agree with people saying up stair, wash machine should not do that...

sgt809 06-27-2006 11:33 AM

my name is mud
I am an idiot....I thought the bolts on the back holding the power cord were a little heavy duty. As soon as I took them out the machine spins like a top. Thank you so much folks, I'de been knee deep in floor replacement a lot sooner than I had anticipated. I will still replace the floor, but it can now wait until next spring so I can get the rest of the house put together....thanks again:D

diyfred 07-03-2006 04:27 PM

We purchased a front loading washing machine about three years ago. It ran great but vibrated like a jackhammer. Placed a piece of 3/4" plywood under the washer and dryer and that took care of the problem. These machines are heavy and need extra support from several joists.

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