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Walking Washer on pedestral

I'm learning this is a problem with other brands other than the Whirlpool Duet Series, which I have. Technician advises that I "jake-up" my level floor to prevent the walking.......I don't think so! Is there any other solution to prevent the walking & still have the pedestral? or Is there a brand of front loading washer that will not walk when on a pedestral?

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Not me!......My problem was a working washer machine on pedestral.

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