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Fix 3 Common Issues with Planter Boxes

Use plastic shims to fix 3 common issues with planters

Plastic Shims will Help Your Planter Garden Look Beautiful

Spring planting season is a great time to build and fill planter boxes! Flowers are such a nice reminder of the rejuvenation of spring and summer. If you’re going to build your own planter boxes we have a tip for getting them squared up. We also explain how Wobble Wedges® can help with planter drainage. And how to use plastic shims to keep window boxes level and from scraping your siding. Here’s how to fix 3 common issues with planter boxes.

Fill Gaps When Building Your Own Planter Boxes

Most wood is warped, it’s just what it naturally wants to do. So when building your own planter boxes, you might discover that it’s harder to get them squared up than expected. If there’s a gap between two of the boards, you can always place a plastic shim in between to help them meet. Wood shims that you buy at the home improvement store aren’t treated. So they can rot and deteriorate when in contact with water outside. Wobble Wedge® plastic shims won’t rot, warp or be affected by water. This makes them a great option for outdoor projects, like building planter boxes. Use our plastic shims to fill gaps, and bring boards up to level, making it easy to get beautiful planters for your flowers and vegetables.

Lift Boxes for Drainage

It’s important for planter boxes to drain so that your plant’s roots aren’t sitting in water. If the planters are located on concrete or decking the bottoms might not be able to wick moisture away. An easy solution is to take two BigGap™ hard/rigid Wobble Wedge® plastic shims in a “flat stack” (see below image). Place the shims under each corner of the planter to lift it .48in off the ground. This will allow for the planter to drain and create air flow. If you’d like this solution to be permanent, you can screw the plastic shims to the bottom of the planter, creating feet that will stay in place. Place screws on either end of the plastic shims, using the pre-drilled holes to make it easy.

Two BigGap™ wedges stacked tapered end to wide end to make a flat stack

Level Under-window Planter Boxes and Protect Your Siding

If you have under-window planters they can sometimes lean away from the house too much, making the soil come pouring out when you water. Depending on how the boxes are attached to your house, you can wedge BigGap™ plastic shims between the house and the box to bring it up to level. The weight of the box can hold the plastic shims in place, or you can screw them into position. You can also use our plastic shims to keep the window box from rubbing against your siding. This works well if the window box is removable. Use some soft/flexible Wobble Wedge® plastic shims to act as a buffer. Place them between the box and the siding, and use the weight of the box to hold them in place. This is an easy solution to protect your house from scuff marks on the siding.

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Wobble Wedge®: The History of Plastic Shims

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What Led Us to the First Patented Plastic Shim with Interlocking Ridges

The history of shims starts long before plastic was around. In fact shims or wedges are some of the oldest technology that humans developed. Early shims were made from stone, wood, antlers, and various other natural materials. But modern times call for modern materials, and we needed a solution that didn’t deteriorate or slide around when stacked. So we developed the Wobble Wedge® plastic shim with interlocking ridges. And now over 30 years after it was first created, our plastic shim is still the leader in shim technology.

When Did Humans Develop the Shim?

Shims or wedges are considered one of the six “simple machines” developed by early humans. This list includes the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, screw, and inclined plane. Shims have been around since the stone age, and even pre-date the invention of the wheel. Bronze wedges were used in quarries in Ancient Egypt circa 3,000BC to break and shape rock during mining. There is also evidence that Native Americans used antler wedges to build canoes and dwellings. They also used stone wedges to make tools such as axes and knives (both of which are types of wedges themselves). 

Why Shim Technology Needed New Ideas

With thousands of years of development, interestingly wedges have mostly stayed the same. The most common types of shims are smooth and made of metal or wood. These have their advantages and disadvantages. Metals can be very strong, taking a lot of force, but they can also rust, degrade, and stain other materials when in contact with water. Metal is also quite expensive, and not easily manipulated. Wooden shims on the other hand are cheap, and easily manipulated and shaped. But wood can also warp, rot, and stain other materials when water is present. Both of these options work in certain situations, but they have limitations.

Plastic Shims with interlocking ridges

A New, Modern Shim for Stability

Living in a 115 year old home that didn’t have a level floor board in it, meant all of our furniture wobbled and listed. We decided that we needed a solution that offered stability. Stacking metal, wood, or plastic shims that were available at the time always resulted in the shims slipping and not staying in place. Shims needed some way to grip that would allow them to stack safely and remain firmly where you needed them. This is why we decided to invent the Wobble Wedge®.

The First Patented Plastic Shim with Interlocking Ridges

Wobble Wedges® were invented in 1985 to create a truly modern plastic shim that could eliminate the issues of other shims that were in the market at the time. We designed Wobble Wedges® as an interlocking modular system of tapered shims. The interlocking ridges allowed Wobble Wedge® plastic shims to stack on top of each other. Each plastic shim was designed to resist movement from all directions, no sliding side to side or forward and back. This allowed the Wobble Wedge® plastic shim to stay where you put it, be that gripping a surface or gripping another Wobble Wedge®. We didn’t set out to get patents, but ultimately our designs earned 2 patents for our interlocking ridges. 

Wobble Wedge®, the Most Versatile Modern Plastic Shim

Wobble Wedges® are made from plastic because it won’t rot, warp or cause discoloration when in contact with water. It’s also cheap, durable, and allows us to make plastic shims in both hard/rigid and soft/flexible options. Our hard/rigid plastic shims can take +2,000lbs of force, while the soft/flexible versions are strong and cushioned enough to use with delicate porcelain. We also designed the Wobble Wedge® plastic shim in 4 sizes with the same interlocking ridges so that you can use all 4 sizes together. Wobble Wedges® are equally effective at stabilizing a wobbly restaurant table, installing a toilet or leveling a backyard fountain as they are in shimming aluminium aircraft panels on an industrial assembly line.

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Plastic Shims for Outside Projects

Wobble Wedges® Make the Ideal Outdoor-Use Plastic Shims

Outdoor projects need to stand up to the elements, and if you need shims for outside, your best bet is a plastic shim. Wobble Wedges® are the perfect shim for everything from installing precast concrete to stabilizing potted plants. Made from sturdy, weather-proof plastic, our shims come in both hard/rigid and soft/flexible plastics, and 4 sizes. This makes Wobble Wedges® versatile and the ideal plastic shims for outside use.

Plastic Wedges for Deck Stair Installation

When installing deck stairs there is a lot of math involved, and sometimes you’ll need to correct for a miscalculation. Plastic shims offer a great solution. If you need to adjust the tread tilt or step height on your stairs, or fix the angle where the stringers meet the deck, reach for a plastic shim. Read how Wobble Wedges® will help with these issues in our blog “Why Use Plastic Shims to Level Deck Stairs.”

Shim and Clean Your Grill

Having a level grill is important for safety; instability plus flames isn’t a good combination. Use Wobble Wedges® to level and stabilize your grill on your patio or in your yard. They also work as chock blocks to keep castors from rolling. And a hard/rigid plastic shim works great for scraping off gunk that’s stuck to your grill. Read more in our blog “Stabilize Your Grill with Wobble Wedges®.”

Showing a wheel on a grill with two Wobble Wedge plastic shims to stop the wheel from rolling, ie chock blocks

Stabilize Patio Furniture and Keep Your Table Umbrella in Place

Old deck boards and uneven concrete can mean wobbling furniture while you’re sitting on your deck or patio. As with indoor furniture, Wobble Wedges® make great furniture levelers for your outdoor needs too. And if you have a table umbrella that spins or moves out of position, a soft/flexible Wobble Wedge® can keep it in place. Learn how in our blog “How to Stop Wobbling Patio Furniture.”

Hide Outdoor Electrical Cords

Electrical cords that aren’t tucked away look unsightly and easily become tripping hazards. There are three ways that Wobble Wedge® plastic shims can help solve this problem. Use them to tuck cords away across doorways, around siding, and even to hold cords in place along eaves. Read how in our blog “Hide Electrical Cords Outside.”

plastic shims used to wedge an electrical cord under siding.

Level and Lift Potted Plants

Whether you’re moving indoor plants outside for summer or planting beautiful flowers in outdoor planters, sometimes you’ll need to level them. Your plants will love the fresh air and sunshine, but if they wobble they can be at risk of falling over, breaking your planter and making a mess. Wobble Wedges® are great for stabilizing your pots outside. Use them to lift your planters so they can drain more easily, preventing root rot. Learn more on our blog “How to Stop Wobbling Patio Furniture.”

Concrete Projects in the Backyard

If you’re working with concrete you shouldn’t use metal or wooden shims. This is because they can discolor the concrete over time with water exposure (unless you live in a very arid climate this is bound to happen). Wobble Wedge® plastic shims are perfect for building a precast concrete wall, creating a precast concrete walkway with paving stones, or installing a concrete fountain. Our plastic shims won’t discolor, warp, deteriorate or affect concrete, which makes them the best plastic shim for the job.

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Plastic Shims for DIY Projects

Plastic Shims for DIY Projects

The Versatility of Wobble Wedges® Makes Them Perfect for DIY Projects

Doing a project yourself can be a great way to save money and learn new skills. A necessity when tackling a DIY project is having the right tools. Wobble Wedge® plastic shims work great for DIY projects since they are durable and water resistant. Because of this they can be used for indoor and outdoor projects without issue. Read on to learn how Wobble Wedges® are the perfect plastic shims for DIY Projects.

Why use Wobble Wedge® Plastic Shims for DIY Projects?

Wobble Wedges® are made from a durable plastic that won’t be affected by moisture, so they won’t rot, deteriorate, or cause discoloration. They come in two types, hard/rigid and soft/flexible plastics, as well as 3 sizes BigGap™, Standard, and Minis. Wobble Wedges® also have patented interlocking ridges so they can be safely stacked to whatever height you need. In addition to the bigger projects we mention below, they can be used for smaller tasks too. Like spreading glue evenly, or removing gunk from surfaces. The hard and soft versions can also work together to find even more uses.

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Kitchen Projects

There are lots of ways to use Wobble Wedges® in the kitchen, from leveling heavy appliances to tilting your dish rack. But if you want to tackle something a little bigger, like say installing new base cabinets in your kitchen. Wobble Wedge plastic shims are perfect for this job too. You can also use our plastic shims when installing and leveling a new countertop in your kitchen. 

Bathroom Projects

Wobble Wedge® toilet shims are ideal for bathroom projects because they are unaffected by water. The soft/flexible plastic versions are perfect for porcelain because they give support while also cushioning the delicate material. They can be used as toilet shims for fixing a wobbling toilet or to install a new toilet. They can also be used for DIY bathroom remodels, like installing a new bathtub or shower enclosure. If you need to install a new bathroom vanity, our plastic shims come in handy for that task too!

Yard Projects

Outdoor projects need to withstand all kinds of weather. Our plastic tapered shims won’t rot, and won’t deteriorate out in the elements. Wooden shims can’t handle water like our plastic shims, remember water + wood = rot. So don’t risk it, and use Wobble Wedge® plastic shims for all of your outdoor projects. Wobble Wedges® are ideal for work with precast concrete, like building a precast concrete wall or putting in a precast concrete walkway. They can also be used while installing a concrete fountain, a great way to add the beautiful sounds of running water to your garden. Wobble Wedges® can help with installing deck stairs; and if you need to run electrical cords outside they can help keep the cords hidden and prevent tripping.

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Woodworking Projects

Keeping your tools level and squared while woodworking is crucial, and Wobble Wedges® are great for this task! They can also help keep items stable while you work. Wobble Wedge® soft/flexible plastic shims can be used to protect wooden projects while clamping or using a vice. Learn more about how Wobble Wedges® come in handy in the woodshop on our blog “Wobble Wedges® for Woodworking”.

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How to Fix Loose Legs on Antique Furniture

How to Fix Loose Legs on Antique Furniture

An Easy Solution That Doesn’t Cause Damage

If you have an antique piece of furniture that has loose legs, it can make this delicate item unstable and less useful. If you bump it items can fall or roll off, and over time it can damage the table further. Obviously the easiest solution is to tighten any loose screws or bolts that might be the issue. But if that doesn’t work or you are dealing with all wood joinery, here’s an easy solution to fix loose legs on antique furniture.

Why Not Use New Screws/Nails or Glue?

Since we’re dealing with an antique piece of furniture, we don’t want to damage it by using modern screws or nails to fix this problem. Using glue would also not be a good idea, as modern glues are often stronger than wood, and can actually cause damage to the piece. Ultimately we don’t want to diminish its historical value. This is why we recommend shimming it with Wobble Wedge® soft plastic shims.

What’s the Advantage of Using Wobble Wedges®?

The soft plastic of Wobble Wedges® won’t dent or mark the wood of the item. Since they are a tapered shim they will fill the gap that is causing the leg to be loose. And since the soft plastic shims will be wedged in, they will use the force of the two pieces of wood to hold them in place. Soft Mini Wobble Wedge® plastic shims are also clear, so they’ll blend in, so no one will notice the repair. The plastic shims will also be entirely removable, for instance if you decide to take it to a restorer. Or if you sell the piece, and the new owner wishes to get it restored. This will result in the best preservation of the antique furniture item.

Find Which Leg is Loose

Place a towel or blanket on the floor and flip the table or furniture item over so that the legs are sticking up. Gently move each leg until you determine which one is loose. Inspect the joint to make sure there isn’t a screw you could tighten to fix the problem. Using a small brush or cloth clean any debris that might have accumulated in the joint if possible.

fix loose legs on antique furniture, shim any loose joints with soft Mini Wobble Wedges

Shim with Mini Wobble Wedges®

Take your soft Mini Wobble Wedge® plastic shims and place one or more into the space of the joint. If you can fit one plastic shim on each side of the joint, this will keep the leg centered. If there isn’t space for two, that means the gap is small enough that it probably won’t show as uneven. Shim any other loose joints on the piece. Gently move the legs to make sure they are now stable.

fix loose legs on antique furniture, use plastic to protect the wood, cut off excess shim with exact-o knife

Trim The Excess From the Plastic Shims

Find a piece of plastic that’s thick enough that your blade won’t cut through it. Or double up the plastic so you won’t damage the furniture. Place this piece of plastic between the plastic shims and the wood of the antique furniture. This will protect the wood from being damaged while you cut the excess plastic shims. Using gentle strokes, carefully score and cut the shims so that they are flush. Violà, you can now fix the loose legs on your antique furniture!

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The Best Plastic Shims for Plumbers

The Best Plastic Shims for Plumbers

Made from Durable Plastic, Wobble Wedges® are Perfect for Plumbers

When we designed Wobble Wedges® we had plumbers in mind! Our plastic shims are ideal for use in bathrooms and wet-rooms, as they won’t warp or deteriorate or cause discoloration if they come into contact with water. Our soft plastic shims are strong enough to provide stability, while also soft enough to be used with porcelain to prevent cracking. Read on to learn why Wobble Wedges® are the best plastic shims for plumbers.

The Perfect Toilet Shim

Whether you’re fixing a wobbly toilet or installing a brand new toilet, Wobble Wedge® toilet shims are perfect for this job. Made of a soft, durable plastic they are firm enough to level a toilet, while providing cushion to the porcelain, preventing cracks. Other methods of shimming (pennies, wooden shims, hard plastic shims, etc.) have their downsides. For instance, being too firm and potentially cracking the delicate porcelain. While wooden shims can rot from water damage. Soft plastic Wobble Wedge® toilet shims won’t have these issues, they are unaffected to water and flexible enough to not cause cracks. Just a few of the reasons why we think Wobble Wedges® are the best plastic shims for plumbers.

To read about using Wobble Wedge® toilet shims to install a new toilet read our blog “How to Install a New Toilet.” And to read about using our toilet shims to fix a wobbly toilet check out our blog “How to Fix a Wobbly Toilet.”

Plastic Shims for Plumbers, ideal for installing toilets

Ideal for Bathtub Installation

While installing a porcelain bathtub you often have to shim it to bring it to level and facilitate good drainage. Just like with toilets, porcelain bathtubs can crack if they are shimmed with a hard, rigid wedge. This is why we suggest Wobble Wedge® soft plastic shims for all projects that involve porcelain. Read more on our blog post “Installing a Bathtub” to learn how to use Wobble Wedges® for this task.

Great for Shower Enclosure Installation

As we’ve mentioned before, Wobble Wedge® plastic shims are ideal for bathroom projects. The plastic won’t warp or deteriorate and won’t cause discoloration from water. This is why they’re perfect for bathrooms and wet-rooms. We believe that our shims offer the stability and durability that plumbers are looking for in a plastic shim. There are several points while installing a shower enclosure that you might have to use shims. Read our blog “How to Install a Shower Enclosure” to see how Wobble Wedge® plastic shims can be used during installation.

Level Bathroom Vanities

If you’re installing a bathroom vanity, Wobble Wedges® can come in handy for this task too. They come in three sizes, BigGaps™ that are .48” high, Standards at .25” high, and Minis at .16” high. With all of these sizes they can be used for many different bathroom tasks. They can also be conveniently stacked, and will stay put, thanks to their patented interlocking ridges. Use Wobble Wedges® to level a bathroom vanity, as well as shim the back of it. Read more on our blog post “Leveling a Bathroom Vanity.”

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Stabilize Washing Machines

If you’re fixing a washing machine and notice that it’s unbalanced, our shims can help! If the feet on the machine aren’t adjustable, or are stripped, Wobble Wedge® plastic shims allow you to stabilize the machine. Obviously this isn’t a permanent fix. But if your client doesn’t want to pay for you to remove the foot or replace the machine, a hard plastic Wobble Wedge® will fix the problem. To learn more about using Wobble Wedges® to level washing machines, check out our blog “How to Level a Washing Machine.”

Our shims come in two types, hard and soft plastic. Hard shims are ideal for heavy objects, taking +2,000 lbs of force. Both types of shims can be combined, because the interlocking ridges will stay together when stacked. Learn how hard and soft plastic Wobble Wedges® can work together on our blog “Hard & Soft Plastic Shims Work Together.” This versatility means they are the ideal plastic shim for plumbers.

Stop Rattling Pipes

If you’re looking for a quick fix for rattling pipes, our soft plastic Wobble Wedges® come in handy! Because they are made from a flexible plastic, they can bend around a pipe going through a joist to cushion it, stopping the rattle. They can also be used to pad pipe hangers or appliance lines if they vibrate and make noise. Learn more on our blog “Silence Rattling Pipes.”

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Wobble Wedges® for Gym Owners and Managers

Stabilize Gym Equipment, Free-standing Weight Racks and More! 

Gym equipment gets a lot of rough use, and can quickly become unstable. This can be a serious safety hazard and liability to your gym. Wobble Wedges® provide the perfect solution to this heavy use, as they are made from a strong, durable plastic. They can easily be carried around in a pocket by gym staff to fix issues as they arise. From leveling heavy gym machines to free-weight stands to locker room issues. Read on for 6 ways gym owners and managers can use Wobble Wedges® throughout their gyms.

Leveling Heavy Gym Machines

Heavy gym equipment needs to be stable and not move around so that your patrons remain safe. If your weight machines rock back and forth, Wobble Wedge® plastic shims can stabilize them. Our hard plastic shims can take +2,000 lbs of force, meaning even your heaviest gym equipment can be stabilized with Wobble Wedges®.

Figuring out where the wobble is might take two people, one to use the equipment and one to look for the imbalance. Once you’ve found where the equipment lifts off the ground, place a hard plastic Wobble Wedge® shim into the opening. If it still rocks, you can safely stack Wobble Wedge® plastic shims because of the patented interlocking ridges. The ridges mean that the shims will stay together and not slip!

Stabilize Treadmills and Ellipticals

Treadmills and ellipticals are definitely some of the hardest working equipment at your gym. The heavy use inevitably means they breakdown over time. To keep your gym patrons safe keeping them level and secure is important. Wobble Wedge® plastic shims can be used to stabilize the feet of these machines if they have stopped being secure. Use the same method as above to find the source of the imbalance. Then use hard Wobble Wedge® plastic shims to bring the machines back to stability.

Leveling Weight Stands

Free weight stands carry quite a heavy load, and if they rock or lean this can lead to weights falling and potential injuries to patrons. To level your weight stands, remove all of the weights from the stand and check it with a level. Place Wobble Wedge® hard plastic shims under the feet that don’t completely make contact with the floor. Replace the weights and check with a level, making sure the unit is stable. Add more plastic shims as necessary.

Leveling Heavy Gym Machines

Stabilize Upright, Horizontal and Wall-mounted Barbell Holders

Barbells can be stored in a variety of configurations, but as they are heavy without adding weights, they need to be secure to prevent injury. Free-standing upright and horizontal holders likely don’t have adjustable feet, so they will need shims to stabilize them. Place a level on the stand and check it in all directions. Insert hard plastic Wobble Wedge® shims under the side of the stand that is opposite to the bubble on your level. Add shims as necessary to bring the bubble to the middle of the level. For wall-mounted holders you would only have an issue if the walls of your gym aren’t plumb. If that’s the case, you will want to use a level when installing your wall-mounted unit. Place plastic shims as necessary under the piece that mounts to the wall. The weight of the holder will keep the shims in place.

Stabilize and Level Free-standing Lockers in Locker Rooms

If your gym has free-standing lockers they can over time become unstable and list. It’s probably no easy task to take apart these heavy units to re-tighten all the screws and joints. So to stop them from leaning, you use Wobble Wedges® to bring them back to level. Place both hands on the locker and gently push it to see where it lifts off the ground. Have a coworker place a hard plastic shim under the corner(s) that lift off. You can use a large level to verify that it’s plumb, but more than likely just stopping it from rocking will stabilize the unit.

Fix Issues in Your Gym’s Bathrooms

Wobble Wedges® are ideal for bathroom projects. Because they are made of durable plastic they won’t rot or warp when in contact with water. They were originally made as toilet shims, as the soft plastic version protects the delicate porcelain and is strong enough to stabilize the toilet. From fixing a wobbling toilet, installing a new toilet, to leveling bathroom vanities during installation, Wobble Wedges® will come in handy! Check out our blog on how to use Wobble Wedges® in bathrooms.

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9 Ways Property Managers Can Use Wobble Wedges®

Wobble Wedges in a tool belt

From the Kitchen to the Bathroom to Outdoor Projects

As a property manager you have a lot of different hats you have to wear for your job, part maintenance, mechanic, plumber, etc. Having the right tools for all of these tasks is imperative, that’s where Wobble Wedges® come in. Because they are made from a sturdy plastic, they are perfect for wet-rooms like bathrooms and ideal for outdoor projects. They won’t rot or warp, and our plastic shims come in 3 sizes and both rigid and soft plastic, making their applications almost limitless. Here are 9 ways Wobble Wedge® plastic shims can help you as a property manager:

1. Level Kitchen Appliances with Ease

Kitchens have a lot of heavy appliances that need to be stabilized for safety reasons. Rigid Wobble Wedge® plastic shims are ideal for leveling and stabilizing heavy objects because they are made of a hard plastic that allows them to take +2,000lbs force. From shimming a refrigerator to a stove or dishwasher, and even tabletop appliances, read how Wobble Wedges® will help in our blog post “How to Shim Kitchen Appliances.”

2. Stop Walking Washers and Dryers

An unbalanced washer or dryer can make a huge amount of noise as it takes a walk in the laundry room. If the adjustable feet on the units aren’t enough to bring it to level, Wobble Wedge® plastic shims will do the trick. Read how to level washing machines on our blog “How to Level a Washing Machine.”

3. End the Rattle of A/C Units

Noisy, rattling window A/C units can really be disruptive as they kick on multiple times per hour. There are several reasons why a unit might be making noise. Read more on our blog post “Fix a Noisy Window AC Unit with Wobble Wedge®.”

4. Installing Bathroom Vanities

We recommend using plastic shims in any situation that might come in contact with water, and a bathroom vanity is one of them. Wobble Wedge® plastic shims won’t rot, warp or be affected if water should come in contact with them. Read our blog “Leveling a Bathroom Vanity” to learn how to use Wobble Wedges® during installation.

5. Fixing a Wobbling Toilet

A wobbling toilet is annoying, but if it’s not fixed it can break the wax ring and lead to a leaking toilet (much worse!). Wobble Wedge® plastic toilet shims are perfect to stop the wobble and blend right in. Our soft plastic toilet shims are sturdy enough to stop the movement of the toilet and soft enough that they won’t damage the porcelain. Read our blog “Fix a Wobbly Toilet” to get the details.

6. Installing a New Toilet

If you need to start from scratch and install a new toilet, we have you covered there too! When installing a toilet, you want to start on the level; so if the flooring is uneven or the last toilet rocked, you will need to shim the new toilet. Using a soft plastic toilet shim or two will allow you to easily install a new toilet. Read our blog “Putting in a Toilet” to learn how Wobble Wedges® can help you tackle this project.

7. Stop Rattling Pipes

Water pipes are typically held in place with brackets or pipe hangers, but if they aren’t held firmly the pipe can vibrate, causing a noise. Checking the water lines isn’t always easy, but if you have access (via a basement or crawlspace) you can probably stop the noise without outside help. Read our blog “Silence Rattling Pipes” to learn more.

8. Safely Hide Electrical Cords Out of Sight

When you’re doing outdoor projects there are often a lot of extension cords that run all over the place, creating tripping hazards. To keep your property safe, we’ve written a blog about how to tuck away electrical cords using Wobble Wedges® outside. This blog might be about holiday decorations, but the principles apply to any outdoor electrical cords. Read more on our blog “Hide Electrical Cords Outside.”

9. Use for Exterior Projects with Concrete

The main reason that Wobble Wedge® plastic shims are ideal for outdoor use is that they won’t be affected by the elements. They won’t rot or warp or stain concrete, which makes them excellent for doing projects like installing a concrete block wall or installing pavers. Read our blog “Plastic Shims for Precast Concrete” to learn more about how to use plastic shims for concrete projects. 

PLEASE NOTE: Wobble Wedges® should not come in contact with direct flame or any surfaces that reach temperatures +200 Fahrenheit.

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How to Stabilize Hotel Furniture

Keep Your Guests Happy and Safe with Wobble Wedges® 

If you run or manage a hotel you know that providing your guests with a relaxing and comfortable room can lead to happy guests and repeat customers. But if the furniture in the hotel room rocks and wobbles or the bed frame is noisy, this can disrupt your guest’s stay. Just as important is the stability of the equipment in the common areas, like vending and ice machines, and the tables in the dining area. All of these issues can be resolved with Wobble Wedge® plastic shims. They provide a sleek, easy, and cost effective way to stabilize hotel furniture and equipment, and anything that moves in your hotel.

Stop Wobbling Hotel Room Furniture

Wobbling furniture can be an annoyance for guests, disrupting their relaxation while staying at your hotel. With Wobble Wedge® furniture levelers you’ll be able to stop rocking or creaking furniture. Our tapered shims allow you to easily stop wobbling nightstands, coffee tables, desks, and end tables. If the doors swing wide open on your small appliances like a mini fridge or microwave, this could mean they are not level. Wobble Wedge® furniture levelers will make it easy to shim these appliances too. Plus they come in 3 colors so they’ll blend right in!

Quiet a Squeaky Bed Frame

Although we can’t help with a squeaky mattress, here are a few places to troubleshoot if a bed is uneven and making noise: any joints where the frame pieces meet, like the corners, where the headboard attaches, the slats or support bars under the mattress, or where the feet are attached to the frame. If these connections are loose at all, this can lead to noise as the pieces move against each other. To get a good tight fit use our soft plastic Wobble Wedge® furniture shims to fill any gaps. The soft plastic will pad the pieces, stopping the wobbling and noise. They come in three sizes, Minis, Standard, and BigGaps™ so you can find just the right size to use.

Level Heavy Equipment

Heavy equipment needs to be stable and leveled to prevent risk of injury. This means if it wobbles or leans, it could fall over or become a safety issue. Our hard plastic Wobble Wedge® shims are made of a rigid plastic that can take +2,000lbs of force. This makes them perfect to level ice machines, vending machines, and washers/dryers. So keep your guests safe and your equipment secure with Wobble Wedges®.

Steady Tables in the Hotel Dining Area

If your hotel features a dining or breakfast area, you probably have cafe tables for guests to eat at. These tables are well known to wobble and cause spilled drinks and aggravation for diners. Wobble Wedge® soft plastic shims are perfect to level tables due to our patented ridges that allow the soft plastic to grip the hard flooring and keep the table in place. For carpeted areas, our hard plastic shims will give stability on the soft flooring. Our Mini Wobble Wedges® are also ideal to level countertop items like lazy-susans, coffee or cereal dispensers, and tabletop appliances.

Stabilize your hotel furniture and equipment today, add Wobble Wedges® to your toolbox!

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Silence Your Rattling Ceiling Fan

Plastic shims to stop noisy ceiling fan

Enjoy the Breeze without the Noise!

The gentle breeze and soft white noise of a ceiling fan can give relief to heat and at night be incredibly soothing for sleep. During daytime hours a noisy fan might be less noticeable, but at night it can really be bothersome. If your ceiling fan starts to rattle or make clicking sounds you might be wondering how to fix it. If you’ve tried balancing it per the manufacturer’s instructions to no avail, plastic shims can help! We’ll share some reasons why your fan might be making noise and how Wobble Wedges® plastic shims can silence your rattling ceiling fans and get you back to sleep at night.

What Causes Rattling?

As your fan rotates it spins at top speeds of 260-365 RPMs (revolutions per minute). Over time the vibrations from this spinning can lead to loose screws, which is one of the main causes of noise from a fan. There are many other factors that can cause noise though, for instance if the wires or pieces of the fan don’t fit snuggly, they can rattle against each other. Often the irritating noise is only perceptible at a certain speed. Spinning inherently causes vibrations, and when things vibrate they make noise. The faster the fan is spinning the more it vibrates, leading to a more noticeable noise. Luckily there are some easy steps to silence rattling ceiling fans and stop these annoying sounds.

Plastic Shims for fixing a noisy ceiling fan

Loose Screws or Wires

With your fan off, check all of the screws on the blades, the screws that attach the blades to the housing/motor and the mounting device. There could also be loose screws inside the motor housing. Tighten them and turn the fan back on to see if it still makes noise. If it still makes noise it could be that there are wires inside the switch housing causing a rattle. Turn off the main power to the fan before checking these connections. Check all the wire connectors and make sure they are secure, if they are loose tighten the screws (but not too tight!). The wires could also be moving against each other or against the inside of the switch housing. If this is the case, pad them in place with standard flexible Wobble Wedge® plastic shims. The plastic shims will compress the wires, filling the space so that they can’t move. 

Wedge it!

The issue could also be from the pieces of the fan rattling against each other, any piece that is loose will vibrate, which causes noise. Take a flexible plastic Mini Wobble Wedge® plastic shim and place it between the pieces that aren’t snug. Trim the tapered shim so that it isn’t visible, use as many plastic tapered shims as needed to keep the pieces from moving. Places where there could be loose pieces include: the motor housing cover, the switch housing cover, the light fixture, the mounting device, etc. Check all of the sections of the fan to make sure there aren’t loose parts. Shim with flexible Wobble Wedge® plastic shims where needed and get back to enjoying a breeze! 

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