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  • Washing Machine Vibration: Possible Cause of Over-Cooked Turkey

    Washing machine vibration is one of those household tasks whose resolution can get put off. When it’s not happening, it can be ignored. Out of earshot out of mind as it were. Continue reading

  • Sorbothane in Silent Feet Simply Outperforms Every Other Product

    The world is full of lots of funny sounding types of rubber and other polymers.  There is neoprene, polyethylene, urethane, polyurethane, natural rubber to name a few.  Then there is a whole world of name brand polymers like Viscolas and Santoprene but the only one that you need to know about is Sorbothane.  That’s a combination of the terms, “Absorb” and “Urethane.”  So, it really isn’t that funny or random of a name after all.

    Sorbothane was designed for the purpose of being the best impact and vibration-absorbing polymer ever.  And it does the trick.  Sorbothane is capable of absorbing up to 94.7% of impact and vibration energy.  And it works so quickly that the energy is nearly completely gone within 1-2 cycles (think shakes or oscillations).  In fact when we made a ball out of Sorbothane it wouldn’t ever bounce more than once.

    Sorbothane acts like a fluid and retains its shape like a solid.  It works for millions of cycles because unlike a foam rubber there are no air bubbles inside of it to break down.  Its ultra-soft nature makes it excellent at converting vibration energy into heat.  So when you install Silent Feet anti-vibration pads under your washing machine, the Sorbothane layer forms a barrier that turns all the annoying shaking, vibration, noise and other spin cycle energy into heat.  There is no better material to protect your home and your sanity.  Choose Silent Feet because they are the only washer pad that uses patented Sorbothane rubber.

  • Old Homes Need Protection From Modern Washing Machines

    If you are the owner of an old or historic home you are probably all too familiar with creaks, squeaks and other noises that appear as a building ages.  Lots of people enjoy the character that these sounds add to a home.  Most of us have figured out which stairs creak and how to avoid making noise when we sneak downstairs to grab a midnight snack.  Even kids enjoy figuring out how to sneak past those age-old noisy booby traps to see what Santa has brought them on Christmas day.  But not all squeaks are the same.

    If you have a washing machine you may have noticed that the floor in or near your laundry room has been developing new squeaks and creaks much more quickly than the rest of your home.  This is often the result of the vibration caused by the washing machine when it is in spin cycle.  Old homes are built with metal nails and wooden beams.  As the wood ages it shrinks and warps causing new stresses on the structural joints.  Vibration then allows the nails to begin to loosen and slip which creates gaps and flexing in the floors.  This then leads to the noises that you hear around your home.  In extreme cases this can even eventually lead to structural failure.

    There is a simple fix that can drastically slow the aging process of your home.  Since the vibrations from your washing machine are the primary accelerator of structural joint fatigue, preventing these vibrations from reaching the floor of your laundry room is critical.  Silent Feet Anti-Vibration Pads create an isolation barrier that absorbs up to 94% of that vibration energy.  They take just 5 minutes to install and will provide you with over 10 years of guaranteed protection.  Order your set of Silent Feet washing machine pads for your old home today.

  • Still the Best Anti-Vibration Pad for Washing Machines

    Silent Feet were first launched a little more than 4 years ago.  At that time there were very few options available for owners of noisy, vibrating and walking washing machines.  Most owners turned to home-cooked remedies such as half tennis balls and rolled up gym socks as makeshift pads for their laundry appliances.  But Vibration Solution had a better idea.  Our company conceived of a product that would absorb massive amounts of vibration while also locking the washer in place semi-permanently.  This ideal product would feature high quality materials and simplistic but appealing design styling.  It would be compact and unobtrusive.  But nothing like this existed and it took two years of testing and numerous product revision before our engineers finally arrived at the products that you see today.

    The key to making Silent Feet the best anti-vibration pad in the world would be the unique adaption of Sorbothane rubber.  Sorbothane had originally been developed for the insole shoe market as a much higher performing alternative to the popular Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel.  While seeming to be an unlikely material for our products, Sorbothane combined numerous desirable traits including the highest energy absorption of any polyurethane rubber, exceptionally long material life and a natural tacky finish that could hold pesky washing machines in place by semi-permanently sticking to smooth floors.

    Our award winning Original Silent Feet

    Our Original Silent Feet are still the only product to offer the easy installation option

    But the final development was still to come.  One day during testing, our engineers, having grown tired of having to struggle to squeeze themselves into tight spaces around washers and dryer while installing the prototype pads, decided that there had to be a way to make installation easier.  A quick hunt around the test lab resulted in the idea to use a felt like cloth on the bottom of the rear pads.  This would allow the engineers (and eventually our happy customers) to simply pull their washer out from its tight space, install the rear pads and then slide it back into place.  The front feet would remain the same preserving their tacky anti-walking characteristics.  All at once we knew that we had stumbled on the perfect solution.  Not only did we have the best materials, the smallest, most compact, most visually appealing, most effective product that also happened to be made in the USA, but it now took 2 people less than 5 minutes to install.  And that installation time includes opening the package as well as cracking open a tasty soda while admiring the finished installation.

    Today, we sell these pads as our Original Silent Feet.  They are still the industry's best anti-vibration pad for washing machines and dryers.  They are still the only pad of their type to offer the easy install option.  And with hundreds of thousands of pads sold each year, they are one of our best selling products.

  • Great Products are Born in the USA

    Why is it that during tough times we Americans become so attached and attracted to products made in the USA?  For some reason it seems that most big businesses need a strong kick in the pants to even consider producing their products at home in the United States.  But we at The Vibration Solution have always believed in manufacturing our Silent Feet vibration isolation pads in the US.  We know that the best quality products come from dedicated people working to build quality goods for their friends, family neighbors and loved ones.  That isn’t a trait that is possible when companies choose to outsource their goods overseas.  Many of our competitors are working hard to find the cheapest way to make their products even when it means sacrificing quality, durability, performance and patriotism.  But we believe that producing the highest quality and best-performing products is key to earning customer loyalty.  For that reason we have always and will always build our industry leading Silent Feet and Anti-Walk Silent Feet washing machine pads at our Kent, Ohio plant.  We are proud to be sustaining and creating American jobs, especially in today’s tough economy.  Every purchase from The Vibration Solution supports American innovation, ingenuity, and craftsmanship.  Be proud of the products that you trust to protect your home and preserve your peace and quiet, buy American made Silent Feet.

  • The Secret is in the Sorbothane

    It's no secret that the market is flooded with many different types of washing machine vibration damper pads.  There are pads of many different shapes, sizes and materials.  There are pads made of recycled tires, neoprene, foam rubber, cork, natural rubber and even complex platforms of steel and springs.  But amongst all the options today, one has stood out year after year.  That product is Silent Feet Anti-Vibration Pads made with Sorbothane.

    Sorbothane is so much more than just a polyurethane rubber.  It has been designed to offer the absolute best vibration absorbing characteristics.  This means that it is actually what is called a "visco-elastic polymer."  This fancy term means that it has characteristics of both a liquid and a solid.   Think of the ideal vibration isolation situation, it would probably involve a material that could significantly deflect and deform to smoothly absorb all impact and vibration energy, much like a thick liquid syrup.  But syrup wouldn't work well for long because it wouldn't hold it's shape, so the ideal material would also need to have shape memory, like memory foam.  But all foam rubber is made with millions of tiny bubbles in it.  Over time these bubble pop and wear out causing the material to become less effective and fall apart.  So the ideal material would be a solid rubber with perfect shape memory and a fluid like feel.  That is what Sorbothane is.

    If you touch Sorbothane you will notice that it feels soft like the palm of our hand.  It feels this way because it was actually modeled on possibly the best impact absorbing part of the human body, the soft flesh of your heel.  It has very similar characteristics to this natural anti-vibration pad.  When you run or walk, the impact energy of your foot on the ground is smoothly absorbed by your foot and heel.  If you took a ball of Sorbothane and dropped it on the ground it would only return one tiny bounce before coming to rest.  Compare that to a ball made of normal urethane rubber or foam which will return a bounce at least half as high as the original bounce height and then continue to bounce for a long time.

    That comparison is the true secret to why Silent Feet washing machine and dryer pads continue to be the number one most effective product.  All other rubber pads no matter what material they are made of, even fancy and expensive metal platforms with springs all will cause a violent and strong rebound force.  Any time your washing machine is installed on those inferior pads the vibration will amplify and spread.  Just like if you dribble a tennis ball with a racket, the ball retains more energy than is dissipates.  So make the right choice today and install Silent Feet or Anti-Walk Silent Feet under your washing machine to see a dramatic reduction in vibration and noise.  The Sorbothane rubber in your set of Silent Feet pads will continue working just as hard 10 years from now as it will on day 1 to absorb and smoothly dissipate spin cycle vibration.

    One final benefit of Sorbothane rubber is that it is made in the USA (Kent, OH) by a skilled American workforce and is comprised of materials sourced only from the USA.  The Vibration Solution supports the creation of American jobs for American workers and is committed to delivering the highest quality products to the world.

  • New Advanced Sorbothane Anti-Vibration Products

    Getting your hands on superior Sorbothane anti-vibration pads, bushings, grommets and

    Sorbothane products from Isolate It!

    Sorbothane products from Isolate It!

    hemispheres has just gotten easier.  Now you can find a huge selection of these great anti-vibration products on Amazon.com and www.VibrationSolution.com.  The Vibration Solution has branched out with a new brand called Isolate It!  This new brand features a range of Sorbothane parts that is ever expanding to meet your specific needs.

    Isolate It! products are designed for vast range of applications.  They can be installed on computers, appliances, lab equipment, industrial machinery, home theaters, stereo systems, monitors, measuring devices, robots, motherboards, hard drives, printers, light fixtures, cars, trucks, airplanes, boats and many other items.  Also, Sorbothane bushings and washers can be used together to create large isolation grommets and bushing isolators.

    Sorbothane hemisphere sizes

    Sorbothane hemispheres now in a wide variety of sizes

    Sorbothane square pads, sheet stock and round pads offer users with the ability to cut and shape them to very unique installations.  These rubber isolation materials are available in a range of thicknesses and durometers to allow for specific loading to maximize vibration, shock and noise isolation.  Sorbothane sheet stock can be used to line the inside of speakers and audio equipment to focus acoustic projection and to dampen and absorb unwanted noise.

    Check out these new products today and see what they can do for you.  All products are available in convenient and affordable sets for the first time.  Previously, these products were only available to wholesalers and bulk distributors but now they can be ordered in quantities small enough to fit your specific project.   All products are in-stock and ready to ship so your project will stay on schedule and you can start enjoying the peace and quiet sooner.

  • Generation 2 Silent Feet YouTube Video Released

    The second generation of Silent Feet Anti-Vibration pads for washers and dryers have been available for a little over a month.  To help explain some of the differences and improvements that have been made we've launched a YouTube video.  The video gives a brief explanation of the new features found in this great new product revision.

    Here are some of the highlights:

    • New Dual Rubber Construction Absorbs More Vibration
    • Soft Rubber Top Conforms to Appliance Feet to Lock them in Place
    • Stronger Bond Between Materials to Increase Product Life
    • Improved Modern High Gloss Finish
    • Same Great Price and Warranty

    If you still have any questions, check out our website at www.VibrationSolution.com.  Generation 2 Silent Feet are now available for sale on our website and on Amazon.com.

  • The Latest Generation of Anti-Vibration Pads Has Arrived for Washing Machines

    Stack of 4 Ant-Walk Silent Feet washer pads

    The compeition just doesn't stack up against the amazing results of Silent Feet pads.

    3 years ago the first generation of Silent Feet were sent to the test labs.  Just a few months after that they made history as the number one anti-vibration pads for washing machines and dryers.  Today, we are proud to bring you the next generation of Silent Feet pads.  To engineer and build this latest appliance accessory we had to take our design back to the drawing board and totally re-created it.  We started with the same superior Sorbothane rubber as the primary vibration isolating material, but this time added a second top layer of stiff rubber.  This second layer of rubber provides a second wall of vibration resistance to the pads.  Then we added unique ridges to the top of each pad to help lock your washing machine in place.  After installation, the rubber ridges deform slightly allowing for a custom fit on every installation.  Finally we polished our molds and finished them with the highest grade of Teflon coatings to give every one of our products a clean, brilliant shine to accent the high gloss finish on modern washing machines.

    Never before has there been an anti-vibration pad that offers all of these benefits and looks this stunning.  In fact, these new Silent Feet make all other washing machine pads look like, big ugly blocks of rubber.  Just like before, our Original Silent Feet offer easy installation and can be installed in most applications in less than 5 minutes.  Also like before, our Anti-Walk Silent Feet offer the best solution to eliminating unwanted appliance movement and "walking" without using any glue or adhesive.  All of this has been provided at the same great price as before.  And just like before, all of our washing machine pads carry a 10 Year Limited Warranty against defects and material failure.

    Silent Feet anti-vibration appliance pads

    The 2nd generation of Silent Feet pads makes our product line-up even better than before.

    Still not convinced that we've outdone ourselves?  Then give our products the greatest test of all.  Install them in your home and if you're not completely satisfied that they have solved your washing machine vibration and noise problem, simply return them.  We're so convinced that you will love them that we still offer our 100% satisfaction guarantee.  Take this opportunity to try them out today.  You'll see and hear the difference one the first load of laundry and on every load after that for years and years.

  • Sorbothane Bumper Hemispheres For Electronics, Small Appliances and Audio Equipment

    Sorbothane non-skid bumper hemispheres are now available on Amazon.com.  Sorbothane rubber bumpers are pressure-sensitive adhesive-

    Measuring Scale Protected by Sorbothane Pads

    Protect your delicate equipment with superior Sorbothane bumpers

    backed hemispheres that can be used as feet, stops, spacers and protectors in many applications. Each rubber pad features aggressive, high-tack pressure-sensitive 3M 200MP adhesive with a release liner, making application fast and easy. The unique Sorbothane urethane is a durable, resilient, polymer that provides outstanding vibration isolation and non-skid properties. Installation is quick and easy with no need for drilling, riveting or press fitting push-in feet. Sorbothane bumpers help absorb impact and noise and have excellent resistance to aging; they will not harden or crack over time. The smooth, clean, black urethane hemispheres serve as a modern and discreet rubber foot. Use them on trophies and desk-top items to act as a cushion and protect surfaces from scratching. Use them under audio and electronic equipment to prevent skipping and interference.

    MacBook Pro protected by Sorbothane hemisphere pads

    Small 3/4" Sorbothane pads fit perfectly under laptops

    Primary applications include feet for small appliances, electronic equipment, phones, keyboards, speakers, desk accessories, printers, laptops, computers, monitors, multimedia projectors, DVD players and audio receivers. Hemispheres can be used as stops for cabinetry and woodworking. The rubber pads can be used as spacers/dampers for automotive computers and circuit board rigidity and vibration isolation. They also work great for separating stacked glass and metal sheets. Sorbothane hemispheres can be used as non-slip spacers on medical tabletops, electronic assemblies and lids. They are also useful as spacers to help protect delicate printed circuit boards from vibration and heat build-up.

    Three Sizes Available Now:

    3/4" For laptops, computers, speakers and audio equipment (Load 1 - 1.8 lbs per pad)

    1 1/4" For small appliances, multimedia equipment and medical applications (Load 5 - 10 lbs per pad)

    2" For small to medium appliances, tower computers, lab equipment and automotive applications (Load 17 - 24 lbs per pad)

    A pair of Sorbothane bumpons with 3M pressure-sensitive adhesive
    Sorbothane bumpers are available with pressure-sensitive adhesive for easy installation

    Installation: Simply remove the protective backing liner, position the Sorbothane rubber hemisphere and press it into place. The unique urethane material won't crack, dry, scratch or mar surfaces. It will last for years to protect and isolate your valued possessions.

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