Do you put transit bolts back on when moving washing machine?

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Found 21st Jul 2017
We bought a new washing machine and after taking off the transit bolts, the instructions states that you should keep them and put them back on when you move house.

I have never done this before when I move house and can't remember having a problem. Do you bother putting the transit bolts back on when you move house?

I am uncertain if I should keep the bolts and put them back on when we move house.

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We did

You should as the drum can move around and get damaged without them. You take more of a risk of damage if moving it without them.
Edited by: "RHodgett" 21st Jul 2017

We didnt secure them & moved ours from a house into a flat with 7 flights of stairs using a sack truck, so you can imagine it got knocked about a bit but its still worked fine. But when you think about it, its only 4 bolts and a couple of mins time for assurance.

Would it not get some outside dirt on it?

Then would be no good to you anyway!

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tom2kadd13 m ago

Would it not get some outside dirt on it?Then would be no good to you …Would it not get some outside dirt on it?Then would be no good to you anyway!


no. i have put them all in a sealed plastic bag. lol.

tom2kadd135 m ago

Would it not get some outside dirt on it?Then would be no good to you …Would it not get some outside dirt on it?Then would be no good to you anyway!


Transit bolts go in the back of the washing machine to stabilise the drum. Drums usually have a massive lump of concrete to stabilise the drum. The drum is suspended between two or more springs. Not having them in can result in damage to the casing from the concrete bashing into the side also damage to the springs or their mounts is possible too.
They don't have to be clean - they don't go into the drum.

I never have. That said I did move my last washer and the drum dropped. This was eighteen months later so I'm not sure the two events are related. I kept the bolts from the new one but if I do come to move I'll never remember where I put them.

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psychobitchfromhell5 m ago

I never have. That said I did move my last washer and the drum dropped. …I never have. That said I did move my last washer and the drum dropped. This was eighteen months later so I'm not sure the two events are related. I kept the bolts from the new one but if I do come to move I'll never remember where I put them.


this is probably why most people don't do it as by the time you move house, what is the probability of finding where they are? we have so much junk in our house that i don't want to store any more than needed.

not to mention we have so many bolts, it is very likely that we will damage the machine by putting bolts for beds into the back of the machine as they look pretty much the same!

we did have a washing machine leak shortly after moving but i don't know if that is related to not using the bolts. i find that fridge freezers don't fare well when moving house either.

Your question answers itself.

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mrty21 m ago

Transit bolts go in the back of the washing machine to stabilise the drum. …Transit bolts go in the back of the washing machine to stabilise the drum. Drums usually have a massive lump of concrete to stabilise the drum. The drum is suspended between two or more springs. Not having them in can result in damage to the casing from the concrete bashing into the side also damage to the springs or their mounts is possible too. They don't have to be clean - they don't go into the drum.


i think he was joking as i had posted a thread about washing where my idea of what is clean is a bit out of skelter with other people's. lol.

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craigstephens4 m ago

Your question answers itself.


that what it says on the instructions, but what it is recommended is not always necessary.

I was also wondering this (after getting chanchi's £129 deal a few weeks ago). I've never kept them in the past but have this time.

mutley1

this is probably why most people don't do it as by the time you move … this is probably why most people don't do it as by the time you move house, what is the probability of finding where they are? we have so much junk in our house that i don't want to store any more than needed.not to mention we have so many bolts, it is very likely that we will damage the machine by putting bolts for beds into the back of the machine as they look pretty much the same!we did have a washing machine leak shortly after moving but i don't know if that is related to not using the bolts. i find that fridge freezers don't fare well when moving house either.


PCU blew on fridge freezer six months after moving house. It was only four years old. A leak is unlikely to be as a result of not putting the transit bolts back on, I wouldn't lose much sleep over it. Either that or don't move house.

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psychobitchfromhell9 m ago

PCU blew on fridge freezer six months after moving house. It was only four …PCU blew on fridge freezer six months after moving house. It was only four years old. A leak is unlikely to be as a result of not putting the transit bolts back on, I wouldn't lose much sleep over it. Either that or don't move house.


we are going to move house (we just need to find one to buy), which is why i am so bothered this time as i just chuck them in the bin in the past.

my parents have moved house so many times in the past and they never put the bolts back on as we didn't know that was required, and we never had a problem.

mutley1

we are going to move house (we just need to find one to buy), which is … we are going to move house (we just need to find one to buy), which is why i am so bothered this time as i just chuck them in the bin in the past.my parents have moved house so many times in the past and they never put the bolts back on as we didn't know that was required, and we never had a problem.



It's always worth reading instruction manuals, you know.

I did removals for years and literally nobody had ever saved these bolts for transit and never once did a washing machine brake from transporting it. But having said that if you keep the bolts then you can use them knowing you have done it the safest way possible.

mutley1

i think he was joking as i had posted a thread about washing where my … i think he was joking as i had posted a thread about washing where my idea of what is clean is a bit out of skelter with other people's. lol.



This!

It's interesting to think of the mentality of this question, isn't it? I mean, they're called 'transit plugs' so it's self-explanatory that they're for. That alone isn't enough for OP, but neither is further reassurance from the manufacturer, who add in the manual that they should be installed when the unit is in transport. That still isn't enough for OP though, so she's come here, to ask a crowd of laymen for their) invariably contradictory) instructions.

I wonder how she will proceed from here.

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dxx10 m ago

It's interesting to think of the mentality of this question, isn't it? I …It's interesting to think of the mentality of this question, isn't it? I mean, they're called 'transit plugs' so it's self-explanatory that they're for. That alone isn't enough for OP, but neither is further reassurance from the manufacturer, who add in the manual that they should be installed when the unit is in transport. That still isn't enough for OP though, so she's come here, to ask a crowd of laymen for their) invariably contradictory) instructions. I wonder how she will proceed from here.


i am inclined not to bother as i have not done so before and people have said that they have done the same and had no problem. that's enough for me.

mutley121 m ago

i am inclined not to bother as i have not done so before and people have …i am inclined not to bother as i have not done so before and people have said that they have done the same and had no problem. that's enough for me.

But if you have the bolts, why not use them?

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craigstephens14 m ago

But if you have the bolts, why not use them?


Because they are a nuisance to put on and take off. if several people posted to say their machine broke, then i would have made the effort, but this has not been the case. When a machine spins, it gets moved about a lot more than transit and so if the drum can withstand that, it can withstand the short journey out of the house

mutley1

Because they are a nuisance to put on and take off. if several people … Because they are a nuisance to put on and take off. if several people posted to say their machine broke, then i would have made the effort, but this has not been the case. When a machine spins, it gets moved about a lot more than transit and so if the drum can withstand that, it can withstand the short journey out of the house



Difference is the drum is spinning during normal use, as opposed to being knocked/jarred from side to side whilst in transit.

As someone has said, if you have them, for no more than 10 minutes of your time you have at least piece of mind.


Re where to put the bolts, mines are in a small bag cable tied to the rear of the machine, takes up no space, and there readily available should I need to move the machine.

mutley13 h, 6 m ago

Because they are a nuisance to put on and take off. if several people …Because they are a nuisance to put on and take off. if several people posted to say their machine broke, then i would have made the effort, but this has not been the case. When a machine spins, it gets moved about a lot more than transit and so if the drum can withstand that, it can withstand the short journey out of the house

Takes literally seconds its not even hard to put in or take out. If you don't want to put them in then fine but don't make out like it's a half hour job that needs specialist equipment. My 9 year old could do it.

Just doing it instead of asking this question would have taken less time...

mutley111 h, 14 m ago

Because they are a nuisance to put on and take off. if several people …Because they are a nuisance to put on and take off. if several people posted to say their machine broke, then i would have made the effort, but this has not been the case. When a machine spins, it gets moved about a lot more than transit and so if the drum can withstand that, it can withstand the short journey out of the house

Nobody has said this, which means this is your opinion, so why did you even ask in the first place? Sometimes I think you wander round the house looking for things to ask about.

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adhkarzf11 h, 41 m ago

Takes literally seconds its not even hard to put in or take out. If you …Takes literally seconds its not even hard to put in or take out. If you don't want to put them in then fine but don't make out like it's a half hour job that needs specialist equipment. My 9 year old could do it.


i can't do it as it is too stiff, even with a spanner. i had to get my husband to do it and he took about 5 minutes to do and 5 minutes to find the correct size spanner. i would guess putting them back in would take longer, especially as i have to get my husband to do it!

i doubt a 9 year old would be able to do this. those nuts are properly fitted and extremely hard to take off.

mutley11 h, 36 m ago

i can't do it as it is too stiff, even with a spanner. i had to get my …i can't do it as it is too stiff, even with a spanner. i had to get my husband to do it and he took about 5 minutes to do and 5 minutes to find the correct size spanner. i would guess putting them back in would take longer, especially as i have to get my husband to do it!i doubt a 9 year old would be able to do this. those nuts are properly fitted and extremely hard to take off.

No idea why you need a spanner mine are screw bolts which were easy to put in and take out. Having moved loads of times I can assure you my 9 year old can do the ones on my machine as he has done it. Then again you do say you are quite weak so maybe that's why you struggle. All my kids help when building things and taking them apart it becomes a family event. My kids are handy with most tools if given adult guidance. Anything from Ikea and I don't even need to be there they build it themselves and do a darn good job too.

mutley120 h, 41 m ago

what is the probability of finding where they are?


In a plastic bag taped cable tied to the water pipe behind the machine, simple.

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mutley121st Jul

this is probably why most people don't do it as by the time you move …this is probably why most people don't do it as by the time you move house, what is the probability of finding where they are? we have so much junk in our house that i don't want to store any more than needed.not to mention we have so many bolts, it is very likely that we will damage the machine by putting bolts for beds into the back of the machine as they look pretty much the same!we did have a washing machine leak shortly after moving but i don't know if that is related to not using the bolts. i find that fridge freezers don't fare well when moving house either.


Just store the bolts in the obvious place;behind the machine!
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