Advent-ures in the MSE Forum... Our Advent calendar is live, helping you discover a new corner of the community each day. Visit the homepage and scroll down

Level washing machine, not tiled under units.

Me again,
Been trying to fit the washing machine but as they didn't tile under the unit (even the gap for machine one) the front feet sit on the tiles and back the floor under. The twisty feet don't go low enough. And I just tried thinking it'll be ok and it's managed to move a good few inches, knock the side panel off and scare me half to death in the process. Incidentally I have the same issue with the fridge and eventually when I put the dryer in place. Any tips to level? That self leveling pre mixed concrete? Card won't work.
The joys of moving home.
- Chez

Replies

  • Alter_egoAlter_ego Forumite
    3.8K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Forumite
    Buy a few tiles.
    I am not a cat (But my friend is)
  • Could you put a length of wood under the back and/or front feet? I did that with my cooker as the floor was wonky
  • peachypricepeachyprice Forumite
    22.3K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Forumite
    Buy some tiles as close as you can to the ones already on the floor. We had to do this when we removed all the built-in appliances when we moved here.
    Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence and face your future without fear
  • FreeBearFreeBear Forumite
    10.8K Posts
    10,000 Posts Seventh Anniversary Name Dropper Photogenic
    Forumite
    I placed a piece of melamine faced chipboard down under my integrated fridge. The board sits a little higher than the vinyl flooring which means I can put a scrap of hardboard down if/when I need to pull the fridge out. The fridge slides very easily on the melamine, and the hardboard will prevent the vinyl being scratched.
    Her courage will change the world.

    Treasure the moments that you have. Savour them for as long as you can for they will never come back again.
  • konarkkonark Forumite
    1.3K Posts
    Forumite
    Does it harm the machine if it's not level?
  • misspricemissprice Forumite
    3.7K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Forumite
    konark wrote: »
    Does it harm the machine if it's not level?

    Yes, if it's unbalanced it will shake itself apart when it spins.
    63 mortgage payments to go.

    Zero wins 2016 😥
  • EachPennyEachPenny Forumite
    12.2K Posts
    konark wrote: »
    Does it harm the machine if it's not level?

    The main problem is with rocking, which it will do if the floor isn't level and the feet aren't adjusted properly.

    Even a small amount of rocking places extra strain and wear on the drum bearing. Unfortunately many modern machines come with poor quality bearings which also cannot be replaced - so when the bearing fails (which it will) you have the choice of buying a new drum, or buying a new washing machine. In most cases the replacement drum (just the part, no labour) costs as much or more than a new machine so it can be an expensive lesson in the importance of leveling your washing machine properly :(

    On the plus side, the final moments of a washing machine's life can be pretty spectacular if the bearing fails... so it isn't all negative ;)
    "In the future, everyone will be rich for 15 minutes"
  • misspricemissprice Forumite
    3.7K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Forumite
    EachPenny wrote: »

    On the plus side, the final moments of a washing machine's life can be pretty spectacular if the bearing fails... so it isn't all negative ;)

    Confirm, spectacular :whistle:
    Not that I learned this particular lesson til about machine 3.
    63 mortgage payments to go.

    Zero wins 2016 😥
This discussion has been closed.
Latest MSE News and Guides

Is your local HSBC closing?

114 branches to shut in 2023

MSE News

Advent Competitions

The countdown is on

MSE Forum

Baileys £10 for 1L at Tesco

When you scan your Clubcard

MSE Deals