Shake-Absorber. A high-speed washer’s spin cycle can sound like a jet engine revving up for takeoff — and unless the appliance sits on a slab, it’s likely to impart the vibrations to the floor. Putting KE’s Shake-Away Plus Pads underneath the washer can help. These 1-inch-thick neoprene and ABS laminations absorb vibrations and reduce noise; they’re a specialized version of similar products that the company makes for machinery and hvac equipment. A set of four pads costs $30. Kellett Enterprises, 864/244-7248, keshakeaway.com

Tapered Look. Wrap N’ Snap tapered column wraps complement Craftsman and other architectural styles better than straight-sided wraps, says the maker. They’re sold in three base and top widths, in lengths from 41/2 to 8 feet. The wrap comes as four flat pieces of 1/2-inch-thick cellular PVC that you cut to exact length, then glue and snap...

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