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Fridge Feet LLCBy Fridge Feet LLC
First created
Fridge Feet LLCBy Fridge Feet LLC
First created
$1,254
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
49
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, January 5 2014 11:11 PM UTC +00:00

About

Fridge Feet, "Fridge Feet Saves Floors!"

Hello Kickstarter!  I am David - the creator of Fridge Feet.  As a hardwood floor installer for 12 years I have witnessed first hand the damage moving large heavy items across pre-finished surfaces can cause - especially refrigerators.  That is why I created Fridge Feet.

We initially started building sets of Fridge Feet to make our job easier as installers, but as homeowners saw them in use they always ended up asking "where can I buy those?"  However, currently the cost to build Fridge Feet in small batch quantities makes them expensive.  This is where we need your support!  In reaching our campaign goal we will be able to bulk purchase raw materials in order to build and sell Fridge Feet for an affordable price to the consumer.

Refrigerators,  Cabinets,  Stoves,  Hutches,  Couches and more!

Execution

All of the necessary tooling and machinery are already in place here in Michigan- we are ready to produce our first large batch production run of Fridge Feet, with your help of course!

For your support and helping Fridge Feet succeed we will send one set of Fridge Feet for $30 plus a thank you magnet for the fridge.  In the future we expect to sell Fridge Feet for $30 plus shipping (which because of their large size) shipping averages about $10 per set.

Timing

In communicating with our suppliers all of our materials would be available in four weeks from time of order.  If it looks like we will reach our campaign goal early on we will place the order for materials immediately.  Upon arrival we anticipate needing 2 weeks for every 2000 sets of Fridge Feet ordered.  Ultimately, it is our goal to be shipping out sets of Fridge Feet within 4 weeks of the campaigns close.

Once again we thank you for your support and with your help Fridge Feet will save many many floors!

Repairs are expensive!

These repairs cost over $1000 when the homeowner moved their new refrigerator across their floor using layers of cardboard. The localized weight of a refrigerator on four small wheels crushes the grain of hardwoods, cracking the finish- leaving gouges and indentations.

The thinly profiled yet incredibly strong design of Fridge Feet allows them to easily be placed under the heaviest objects with minimal lifting- for routine tasks such as cleaning, painting, room re-arrangement or maintenance. Semiannual cleaning is essential for optimal performance and longevity of all appliances.

Appliances need semiannual cleaning!

How do they work?

The dense flexible core of Fridge Feet makes them incredibly strong and durable while distributing the weight of objects when moving. The soft layer of felt reduces friction and protects finished surfaces from fine scratches. And the resilient top layer of foam allows the object to settle into place while moving items. Fridge Feet are 4x more fracture resistant at half the thickness than the old methods of moving (luan or Masonite).  Fridge Feet protects all prefinished surfaces (hardwood, vinyl, laminates etc.) from indentations, scratches, gouges, or tears.

Additionally, because we designed Fridge Feet for use as installers they are an invaluable tool for any DIYer or full time floor installer.  As can be witnessed in additional videos on our website, Fridge Feet allows appliances and other heavy objects to be left in the room during installation.  After placing Fridge Feet underneath these items, they can easily be pulled up onto your newly installed surfaces. No more awkward, jerky movements using dollies or heavy lifting and carrying-  simply slide and glide confidently with Fridge Feet!

Who needs Fridge Feet?

Fridge Feet is an excellent and necessary aid for all:

•Installers
•Homeowners/DIY’ers
•Maintenance/Service Technicians
•Painters
•Contractors
•Movers




The  evolution of Fridge Feet

 I created Fridge Feet out of the need to have a better method for moving refrigerators across floors during installations.  Traditionally, installers use 1/4'' luan or Masonite to do this, however we always dreaded the process- as it was not very efficient and required lifting of the entire fridge up onto the newly installed floor to be placed on the luan.  I knew there had to be a better way!

The pictures above illustrate the earliest prototypes of Fridge Feet.  I knew that it had to start with a stronger material than luan or Masonite- they simply fractured to easy.  Also, knowing that part of the problem with luan was that the fridge often wanted to slide off onto the floor I knew that I needed it to "settle" into the surface a little (solution=foam).  Additionally, when using luan to move a fridge it makes a pretty terrible noise as the friction between two wood surfaces is not pleasant (solution=felt). Finally, maneuvering a fridge around on a sheet of luan was difficult enough but getting it out from under it after getting the fridge in place was yet another task (solution=handle).

I pretty quickly had the general design in mind so we were able to build and put several sets to work for scrutiny.  We were impressed!  After some experimenting with different density foams and adhesives with had a very functional model.  Final details for labeling found us experimenting with different stamp inks, transfer papers and vinyl stickers.  Ultimately, screen printing right onto the foam proved to be the best method.

Today, while the appearance of Fridge Feet has changed a little with each prototype level, its composition from the original design and conception has remained the same.  What has changed most dramatically is the process for manufacturing in mass quantities (in comparison to hand building dozens of sets at a time). In partnering with a manufacturer we now have the capacity to build several hundred sets per day because of proper tooling and machinery necessary for mass production.  With your help we are ready to put those resources to use!

We thank you for your support and consideration!

Risks and challenges

As the creator of Fridge Feet and a full time installer of Hardwood floors, I knew I needed to associate and partner myself with someone who could help me commercialize Fridge Feet, who had an existing manufacturing facility and was an entrepreneur at heart. That person was Dr. Richard McDermott. Richard was recommended to me by his patent attorney, who has also advised me. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and has purchased, operated, grownand sold more than 20 companies is the past 30+ years. One of his current businesses, Bytec, is an automotive supplier specializing in a variety of assembled products with a full lab and engineering capabilities. After several meetings, he agreed that he could certainly bring some of his experience from mass production to the venture and we became partners.

Our greatest chance for a setback would occur with a delay in the delivery of the materials when purchased in bulk, however we have communicated our needs and intentions with our suppliers and feel confident they will be able to deliver on time. Any delays or possibility of a delay will be immediately communicated to our supporters throughout the entire process.

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