Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Washing Machine Ballast

Chiropractors aint guna like this one...
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Im going to be moving home again soon, and washing machines are HEAVY !!!
most of it is reasonably heavy, but unsuprisingly the heavy bits are the concrete weights in the base. Why don't washing machines come with a little hatch low in the front panel, from which you can easily remove the concrete weights. Each block could be made to weigh about 4kg & would be long & slender to be easy to move about. This would make lifting the damn thing a hell of a lot easier, ditto "dancing" it into final position in your home. You then simply put the concrete weights back. It would also allow them to sell extra weights for those whose machines dance like a punk.
mymus, Mar 21 2002

Now patented https://www.theguar...am-trent-university
[hippo, Aug 05 2017]

US 5829084 https://www.google.com/patents/US5829084
Method and system for balancing an upright washing machine [xaviergisz, Aug 06 2017]

US 3580014 - Filed in 1969 https://www.google.com/patents/US3580014
A machine ... such as a washing machine, wherein a container ... with ... water ... dischargeable to facilitate ... handling [scad mientist, Aug 06 2017]

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       <obligatory misreading>I misread this as "Washing Machine Ballet"</obligatory misreading>

Good idea. You could also make the ballast a tank of water so that you could empty it out, move the machine and then fill it up at your destination.
hippo, Mar 21 2002
  

       yeah, thought about liquid ballast & even about using the rinse water to fill the ballast before the spin cycle. but am getting bit caught up in the dream of actually having one & didnt want something else that could malfuction & flood my home AGAIN !
& blissmiss, can you come round & command mine for me ? please..
mymus, Mar 21 2002
  

       good points rod,
& stopped my huge suction cup thinking dead in its tracks. how about a skeleton base which you put in place & make fully level. the front of which is a ramp for the main unit whic is on wide wheels, you then push the main unit onto the skeleton base & retract the wheels, which locks it on. you then slide in the concrete ballast blocks. wotcha think as this is some turbo baking.
mymus, Mar 21 2002
  

       Or drop-down wheels or feet (whichever you prefer).
phoenix, Mar 21 2002
  

       Washing Machine ballet...hmmm!
DrBob, Mar 21 2002
  

       Just suspend the thing from the ceiling like a hanging plant and watch it go.
dag, Mar 21 2002
  

       <Mandatory misinterpretation> Stuff you put in the washer to balance it when you only want to wash a few items that are too light by themselves </Mandatory misinterpretation>
herilane, Mar 21 2002
  

       19" rack-mounted washing machine? Hmm.
angel, Mar 22 2002
  

       the problem with drop down feet/wheels is that they would have to be self levelling in order to help out Rods Tiger. also, i'm not a ballet hater, as the optional number of concrete blocks would allow you to "tune" the ballet according to your mood. frustrated housewives take note.
mymus, Mar 22 2002
  

       It took 4 adult male software engineers* to shift one domestic washing machine up 42 narrow steps. We concure with your removable ballast concept. As far as mounting systems, why dont they use tripods.   

       Another more than halfbaked idea for improving domestic white goods. Put sufficient handhold points so they can be lifted, and improve the ergonomics of handholds so you don't slip or gouge your hands.   

       * == 2 removal men.
MichaelW, Aug 12 2002
  

       Never heard of concrete ballast in a washer. Guess my ancient Maytag is heavy enough by itself...
wittyhoosier, Mar 07 2007
  

       I hope that the original poster of the idea has his/her name on the patent, as it first appeared here on this site. (That would be you Hippo?) "you could also make the ballast a tank of water so that you could empty it out, move the machine and then fill it up at your destination." It always makes me laugh (or get angry if they're mine) when I hear people claiming originality for ideas that appeared years earlier right here on the HB.
xenzag, Aug 05 2017
  

       Hippo, regarding your "Now patented" link.   

       You invented the water ballasted washing machine in 2002 so nobody but you could patent this unless they prove that they invented it before March 21st 2002.   

       Once you posted your idea on this site, it became "published" meaning anybody could see it. You had till March 21st 2003 to patent it after that.   

       If somebody other than you submitted a patent after you posted this without proof that they came up with the idea first, this invention is public domain meaning anybody can use it.   

       Not trying to make you feel bad, just hipping you to how that works. It's a darn clever idea BTW.
doctorremulac3, Aug 05 2017
  

       Agreed - this is the point I was making. The "Patent" is invalid and should be challenged.
xenzag, Aug 05 2017
  

       A washing machine with water ballast was patented 4 years before (and probably many patents with minor variations since) this idea was posted.
xaviergisz, Aug 06 2017
  

       In that case the "geniuses" of the University who were amazed that "no one had thought of it before" should fully acknowledege the prior invention.
xenzag, Aug 06 2017
  

       Wow! So how much did those university "researchers" get paid?   

       I'll invent the electric light bulb for half what they got paid to "invent" the water ballasted washing machine.
doctorremulac3, Aug 06 2017
  

       No [xaviergisz], the patent you mention is much more advanced. The concept of a basic water ballast (or other removable ballast) was filed in 1969 [link].
scad mientist, Aug 06 2017
  
      
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