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Can not keep the HE 3 washer from jumping around on the spin cycle. Floor is level and machine is level with legs locked in place. Have lowered leveling legs to the base and locked them tight with the nuts. The machine is level and does not jiggle when I shake it. Can not pass a sheet of paper under the leveling legs.

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These machines can have this problem when placed on a pedestal and/or the floor may be level but not solid. a "bouncy" floor will amplify any movements. remember, these machines are much heavier and spin much faster than top-loaders. just because it doesn't jiggle doesn't mean the floor is level. you may have to brace to floor or foundation somehow

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