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I Beam replacement

  • 1.  I Beam replacement

    Posted 10 days ago
    I have a row of 7 older machines ithat are vibrating all over the place when used. Apparently the i beams are corroded. I was quoted $3500 to pull out the machines, replace the 3 I beams and put them back. Any other suggestions on a less expensive way to stabilize the machines?

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    Jeff Kritzberg
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Encino CA
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  • 2.  RE: I Beam replacement

    Posted 10 days ago
    Jeff,

    It would help a lot to know the manufacturer's name, model number and age of the washers you're talking about.  It sounds like the machines may not have been installed correctly in the first place.

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    Larry Adamski
    Muskegon Laundromat
    Spring Lake MI
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  • 3.  RE: I Beam replacement

    Posted 10 days ago
    They are old Ipso 40's. I believe over 20 years old

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    Jeff Kritzberg
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Encino CA
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  • 4.  RE: I Beam replacement

    Posted 10 days ago
    .    The I beams corroded?  Very unusual. Improperly installed base. Not leveled. Weak concrete. Broken or loose floor bolt. Broken or loose bolts from base to machine.  Probably not corrosion.
         Are there three I beams or two?  What size washers. Is this really I beam or C channel?  An I beam has more of an taper and is harder to tighten the bolts.
         Who put them in?  If a distributor installed them in the last five years, they would likely assist or correct the installation issue.
         The installation instructions probably tell that the bolts need to be checked and tightened as needed every so often
         If you self-installed or picked the cheapest bid for installation, you've learned an expensive lesson.
         If the base is loose from the floor, you might be able to remove two or three washers and install additional "red heads" or tie down bolts.

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    Larry Larsen
    Laundromat123.com
    Anaheim, CA
    Distributor - Insurance - Consulting
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  • 5.  RE: I Beam replacement

    Posted 10 days ago
    Sounds like an iffy installation.  However, if the channel is not seriously corroded, you can probably get by with sliding a properly sized steel plate under the machines over the beams to help distribute the weight and machine dynamics.


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    Les Monthei
    Potential Investor
    Redding CA
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  • 6.  RE: I Beam replacement

    Posted 9 days ago
    price does seem a little high to me.  There's a place in SoCal in fact where you can purchase the I beams.

     But you didn't provide a whole lot of detail. Did you take pics?  How long have you owned the place? New owner? As mentioned prior, identifing what is loose where should assist with the repair plan , cost, & where to begin.

     Standard I beams are incredibly strong & durable.  If you have some that have corroded to the point they can't be used that would be a sign of long time significant neglect.

     Owners can't / shouldn't let.machines vibrate & wobble & hope they will magically fix themselves.  It's part of the maintenance that's needed in all laundromtats.  Vibration cause things to come loose.  That's why proper torque, anchor points, & torque checks are important.

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    Juan
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Cocoa FL
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  • 7.  RE: I Beam replacement

    Posted 9 days ago
    Edited by Larry Adamski 9 days ago
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    Jeff,

    Hard mount washers like your Ipso washers should not vibrate.  The problem you described is serious and must be fixed.

    Attached is a photo of an 80 lb. Huebsch washer with a dollar coin standing on edge well into the high speed extract (Notice 04 minutes remaining on cycle).  This washer had a customer's load in it.

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    Larry Adamski
    Muskegon Laundromat
    Spring Lake MI
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  • 8.  RE: I Beam replacement

    Posted 9 days ago
    I agree the washers are probably out of balance. Check that all your bolts are tight. Most manufacturers recommend cementing over frame to further secure. Vibrations will eventually cause the bearings to go as well. Does the floor shake to? If yes and have basement you may want to lnstall extra support with a cement column under area that is shaking.

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    Denise Rubenstein
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Laundermagic of Patchogue
    Bayport NY
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