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My husband and I are building a new home with a second floor laundry room. We are very interested in purchasing a LG washer (WM2688HWMA) and dryer (DLEX8377WM), but need strategies to keep the units stable so they do not dance and shake on the floor. What can you suggest for us to do to have a stable, quiet, stay-in-place laundry pair? We are planning to have our builder make a 12 inch platform for the washer and dryer, so we will not be using the LG platforms.

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If you are talking about a front loader, my experience has been that they do not perform well in a second story laundry room, or in mobile homes. The reason is that laundry rooms in these areas typically have a weaker floor than a ground floor with a foundation under it. With an upstairs laundry room the weaker floor structure tends to flex as the washer starts to spin. This flexing causes the washer to vibrate and bounce. The reason is the weight of the washer and the contrifugal force of the drum as it spins. These washers spin at a rate of 1100 to 1800 rpms depending on the model you have. Newer models may even spin faster. Manufacturers and appliance repair companies were left scratching their heads trying to remedy the situation. New stiffer shock absorbers were manufactured to correct the problem on some model washers and the manufacturer also recommended adding a recommended 3/4 inch plywood base under the appliance and screw it to the existing flooring. This helped firm the foundation and distribute the weight more evenly. In many cases, these suggestions helped. I do not know if newer model front loaders have been modified to resolve this vibration problem, but its something you may want to ask the retailer. Keep another thing in mind, although I do believe there are still honest salesmen out there, many of them work off of a commission. Some will tell you anything to get you to buy from them. As a former appliance repair tech, I can tell you many of us were left trying to explain all these problems to angry customers after they spent a fortune on a new appliance only to realize that it may need additional parts or a room modification in order for them work properly. My best advice to you to is to shop around and read some of the consumer reports reviews about the applaince you intend to buy. Also, since you are building a new home, and are planning on having the laundry room upstairs, make sure the flooring is firm and reinforced. I hope you fin this information helpful.

PS I am not in any way trying to discourage you from purchasing anything. I just want to make you aware of some of the common problems that I have experienced. In addition, the dryers typically were NOT a problem because they did not weigh as much as the washer, and they did not have a high speed spinning drum.

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Hi As a safety device, a dryer usually has a door switch that activates the working .A dryer is simply a large drum into which wet laundry is loaded. A motor with pulleys -- connected by a series of belts -- turns the drum. Air heated by a gas heater or electric heating element is blown through the drum to dry the laundry. The temperature and speed of the drum are controlled by a series of thermostats operated from a timer device on the control panel of the dryer. 


The control panels on the latest dishwashers can look intimidating. They're loaded with so many dials, push buttons, and other features that the machine looks too complex to repair. This is actually not the case. With the exception of the control panel, dishwashers haven't changed much in basic design over the last two decades. 

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