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Washer is brand new, we brought the washer upstairs ourself and balanced it, when the washer is on spin cycle it shakes, rattles and moves violently. it is upstairs and on a tile floor. i have family members who have to sleep during the day and washing clothes is impossible. HELP

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Take the shipping materail out,,remoce the 4 bolts on back of machine,,the washer should of came with a little wrench...after removing shipping bolts put the 4 white sluggs or vcaps in hole ,,pull bolts with rubber or plastic grommet..onthejob

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