Balancing a washing machine.

Got a 1600 RPM wahing machine. It is awfully heavy, and fits (just) beneath the draining board. I almost damaged my fingers (I'm 65) manouevering it into place and trying to balance it. My fingers have recovered, I think, but it makes an awful lot of noise ant 1600 rpm, plus it walks about a bit.
Any advice on balancing it, sans damaging mg my finger joints yet again? I need you, if you have !!! So does my wife. It's a Bauknecht, as it happens.
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GPG






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GPG wrote:

What do you mean by 'trying to balance it'? Is it a new machine? A lot of washing machines have a big concrete weight and spring arrangement with some sort of damping mechanism to prevent too much of the energy from an out-of-balance drum load transferring elsewhere as vibration and/or movement of the machine. Usually there are shipping clamps that stabilise the concrete weight and the springs during transportation. The installation procedure will require any such shipping clamps to be removed before the machine is used. If they haven't been removed the machine will almost certainly behave as you describe. Also there are usually adjustable feet at the front so that it can be levelled on the floor. If you are able to rock the machine at all, you need to adjust the feet until it is level and stable.
Hope this helps.
Mike
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I dont think thats what he means. The vibration is from the machine not being level.

How do you adjust the legs at the back? If there is a too little gap between machine and counter top its tricky to use the rocking technique also the instructions state it *must* be level. Idealy you want enough space at the top to get a spirit level on and you want access to the back legs.
The OP could try adjusting the legs with the machine pulled out of the kitchen cabinets untill a spirit level says its level on all axis then push it back in and hope the floor is level.
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marvelus wrote:

Yes, I guessed the OP was probably talking about levelling the machine, but I thought it worth mentioning the shipping clamps in case they'd been missed.
In my experience a lot of machines have two fixed feet at the back with adjustable feet at the front where they are relatively accessible. If the back feet *are* adjustable then, yes, it can be a pig to get them set right - especially as they're inclined to rotate and adjust themselves some more as you try to slide the machine back into place :-(
Yes, the machine needs to be reasonably level but personally I've never bothered to use a spirit level - it's not normally an issue unless you're dealing with very uneven floors in old buildings. Even if the OP prefers it to be 'spot-on', he should be able to use the top of the machine as a visual reference without actually having to place the level on the top of the machine.
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Mine is a 1600 spin speed like the OPs and it has adjustable back feet. I think the faster the speed the more critical getting it level is. The instructions even imply being level is a condition of the guarantee. In leu of me "doing" the kitchen I've turned the speed down to 1000.
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On Wed, 05 Jul 2006 08:52:27 GMT, in uk.d-i-y marvelus

The back feet (I doubt they are long enough to be called legs) are often non-adjustable. In this case you have to accept any left to right slope of the floor. In any case it is much more important to have the weight equally firmly bearing on all 4 feet than to have it absolutely level.

I would simply leave it where it is and adjust the front feet so it can't rock. With the machine upright and with its weight on the feet, screw them in or out (first slackening any lock nut) until both front feet are equally difficult to rotate. At this point the weight should be more or less equally bearing on all four. A further slight adjustment may be needed after running the machine.
A different cause of the problem could be a poorly supported floor, e.g rotted joist ends or wall plate beneath the floorboards.
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