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  • KINGTUT
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    Have you removed all the transit bolts etc?

    have you removed the transit bolts

    all of them?

    [EDIT] damn beaten to it

    Premier Icon franksinatra
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    COuld be that the drum has come off its hangers in transit.

    Olly
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    did they forget to put the breeze block on top (thats in the back of all washing machines i think?)

    you could try and balance the drum a bit better :S
    did you leave some dark matter in one of the pockets of your jeans?
    that may have enough weight to cause it to walk around?

    TandemJeremy
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    Wot King tut said

    withersea
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    you need to remove the bolts they fit so it doesn’t get damaged in transit. they are normally big things on the back of the machine – normally have a big health warning on the machine/instructions saying don’t use until you’ve done this! most people do what you’ve done though! it shouldn’t have caused any problems though if its just the once.

    sofatester
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    Get a fat lass to sit on it. This will solve two problems; firstly it will stop your washing machine running around the room, trashing the place. Secondly it will satisfy the fat lass, which in turn will mean she will not chat me up when I’m out with the hope of sympathy shag!

    Everyone is a winner.

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Aha, I know what’s happened here. With German machines, they use “transit bars” for, funnily enough, when it’s in transit. I did not realise this with mine and had the same problem!!

    RTFM as it were to find out where they are but you should be able to spot them.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on 8)

    withersea
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    bloody hell don’t we all know a lot a bout washing machines/the needs of fat lasses…..

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Blimey, you lot were too quick!!

    Premier Icon franksinatra
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    Who needs google or wikipedia when you have STW?

    STW, bucket of all knowledge, about everything.

    it’s more of a dilute sea of knowledge with useful bits floating around like fairly sparse shoals of fish

    every so often you happen across a whale though

    Premier Icon mugsys_m8
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    We had the same problem.
    We cured it.
    It was a bit of a big fix though…
    Moving from a Sheffield 2 up 2 down with suspended timber floors to an old farmhouse near Lyon, France with a garage with concrete floor and washing machine plumbing. It works a treat now! Silky smooth

    Seriously, check all transit bolts are out, work through the instructions step by step, get someone else to have a look with fresh eyes. Then if still doing it I always thought about it eliminating the problem i.e machine or location. Try it somewhere else on a concrete floor. If it still happens it’s more than likely the machine.

    If proved to be the location then try big rubber feet, stiffening up the floor frame locally etc etc.

    KINGTUT
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    cinnamon_girl – Member

    Blimey, you lot were too quick!!

    I’ve had a lot of washing machines, they always seem to disappear along with ex girlfriends and ex wives.

    😐

    Premier Icon verses
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    My Bosch one was dancing all around the kitchen, and sure enough it was the transit bolts.
    What was annoying about it though is that the manual doesn’t mention them apart from in an appendix tucked away in the back. They’re not mentioned at all in the “Setting up your new washing machine” section…

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

    SweetJumps
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    I assume that when you read the instructions you took out the transit bolts out; in which case the machine is obviously *****d so get the hose pipe, muckoff and brush out and clean your clothes like a man, don’t forget to spray everything in GT85 when they are dry.

    2tyred
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    Right, there’s nothing in the manual or installation instructions about transit bolts, or any stickers on the back, but there are four large bolts at the back each holding a curved plastic bracket, around which the waste hose was wound when it was delivered. Do these sound like transit bolts?

    could be, should be some kind of separate installation instructions that mention the bolts.

    KINGTUT
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    Right, there’s nothing in the manual or installation instructions about transit bolts, or any stickers on the back, but there are four large bolts at the back each holding a curved plastic bracket, around which the waste hose was wound when it was delivered. Do these sound like transit bolts?

    I can’t say, but it will definitely have them otherwise it would be fubared by the time it was delivered.

    undo one of them, it should be pretty long and they usually have some kind of large plastic spacer on the other side that will fall out of the bottom of the machine

    Premier Icon mugsys_m8
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    they do sound like transit bolts…..

    what’s the worst that can happen?………………………………………………………………………………

    TandemJeremy
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    mrmichaelwright – Member

    it’s more of a dilute sea of knowledge with useful bits floating around like fairly sparse shoals of fish

    every so often you happen across a whale though

    LOL

    Premier Icon verses
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    Cough Cough 😉

    My Bosch one …. the manual doesn’t mention them apart from in an appendix tucked away in the back

    KINGTUT
    Member

    Check to see if your model is on the list at the bottom of the page, if so your transit bolts should look like the picture.

    neilb67
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    Look for something like this

    KINGTUT
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    Beat you to it neil.

    8)

    2tyred
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    pretty long and they usually have some kind of large plastic spacer on the other side

    Yep, that’s them!

    The ‘manual’ is an 8 page A5 folded leaflet, with no appendixes at all (unless Mrs Tyred removed and hid the real thing in order to test my handyman skills).

    OK, I’ll remove all four, switch it back on and see what happens…

    neilb67
    Member

    Well if he undoes the bolts YOU told him about Kingtut and the drum falls out then he can blame you first… 😆

    aphex_2k
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    Why is everyone suggesting transit bolts? If they were all in then it wouldn’t spin, surely?

    neilb67
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    The transit bolts only take out the movement of the dampers on the drum and not the revolving of it

    the transit bolts lock into the large cast (although often plastic now aparently) spider that supports the drum, if the drum had bolts in it that you removed i suspect you’d be more worries about mopping up the flood!

    2tyred
    Member

    As if by magic.

    Thank you all very much indeed!

    Once again, STW to the rescue. Rivalling the Glaswegian Dolmio sauce adverts on youtube as the best thing on the internet.

    KINGTUT
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    No Problem.

    That’s a £50 call out charge and another £25 per 30 mins thereafter.

    £75 for cash will be fine.

    😉

    Premier Icon verses
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    No Problem.

    That’s a £50 call out charge and another £25 per 30 mins thereafter.

    £75 for cash will be fine.

    Each…

    😉

    2tyred
    Member

    My new washing machine is psychotic. He arrived this morning, all German and friendly-looking and connected up no bother, in the same place as the recently-deceased one. I even read the instructions first, adjusted the feet and checked with a spirit level then did the first empty cycle.

    The floor in there is just floorboards, so there’s a bit of movement, but I’ve put down rubber matting from the workshop. Feels solid enough when the machine’s off, I can’t rock it in any direction.

    All’s well until he gets onto a spin cycle, then he starts trying to destroy the laundry cupboard. There’s nothing holding him in place either side, so he just goes wandering off, banging about all over the place.

    This does not seem normal. Its a Bosch something or other.

    Does anyone have any tips for keeping it in place?

    Uh oh, here we go again…

    Premier Icon Flaperon
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    Erm, does this apply to tumble driers too? I remember thinking our new one was a bit noisy when I installed it 3 weeks ago…

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