Installing a dishwasher

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Forum topic by richgreer posted 10-30-2010 01:04 AM 1259 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2010 01:04 AM

We probably all consider ourselves to be capable of doing handyman projects around the house, whether we like to or not. When the dishwasher salesman said it would cost an extra $160 to have our new dishwasher installed I balked and said I would do it myself.

What an awful job. It seemed like everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I needed one trip to the hardware to buy the power cord that was not included with the dishwasher. Then 2 more trips before I had the right adaptor to fit water line to our plumbing properly.

Of course, many minutes laying on the floor trying to get a stupid little screw lined up in the right hole and tightened. A discovery – - a little wood putty can help hold a hex screw in the socket until you have successfully made contact.

I probably spent 4 hours on the job and I still have to get rid of the old one. That $160 does not sound too bad now.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 10-30-2010 01:14 AM

What makes you think the installer would have done it any better, anyway? Also, there are charities, Vietnam Vets of America, that will take your old dish washer away for free.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 10-30-2010 01:23 AM

I used to have quite at least one a week to fix self installed dishwashers. And one every other day for an installation problem in general. The scary ones were full of charred, burnt parts. At least you owned up to it!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 01:23 AM

I know the pain with which you speak. I did the same job close to a year ago. What PITA. I have said it a million times and I still say it. I HATE PLUMBING! I don’t care what kind it is, I HATE PLUMBING!

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 10-30-2010 01:37 AM

Yeah, as I’ve gotten older and been running my own business, I have come to realize it’s just a lot easier, sometimes, to pay to have stuff done. I hate dealing with the things that you had to deal with. 4 hours of my time is more than $160…..As long as I’m doing something to earn $$ :)

-- Childress Woodworks

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#5 posted 10-30-2010 02:08 AM

I just changed ours too
witch shuldent bee a pain in the A… here in Denmark
but of course it was :-(
the dishwasher´s water pipe wasn´t as long as the old one and I cuoldn´t use
the flexpipe from the old
and the drainpipe was ofcourse another dimension even thow the pipes from
the sink is pretty much standard sices here
it did only ½hour to get the spareparts (sort of bad DIY solution) and ten minuts to fix it
now I just hope it will hold tight…..LOL


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#6 posted 10-30-2010 02:11 AM

Tear out the guts and power stuff and turn it into a kiln!

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#7 posted 10-30-2010 02:27 AM

how wuold you do that, I like the idea
almost scraped the old now so a picture wuold bee a nice quick look


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#8 posted 10-30-2010 04:28 AM

I know what you mean. We updated our kitchen last year and the fridge/freezer install was free. They wanted the same amount, however, for the dishwasher. 4 hours and 400 curse words later it was done. Then I found out the hard way two days later when I slid it back into it’s recess I pinched the water waste tube. Oh well, now I know how to install a dishwasher, eh?

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#9 posted 10-30-2010 05:18 AM

I remember installing a dishwasher about 20 years ago. But it was during a remodel, and I had more access than with a reinstallation. But I don’t fix anything myself now. The last plumbing I did was the installation of two outside water facets, maybe 5 years ago, but I wouldn’t do it today.

However, today I changed the tires, to studded winter ones, on my car, I hate going somewhere and waiting for 90 minutes when I really can do it in about 35 minutes or less. But between doing that, and the 2 week mega-cleaning of the stainless steel palace where my bird lives, mostly on it, not in it…........I have a lot of aching muscles. No cursing or moaning, it all went smooth, but that’s more squatting, bending, and torquing my back, than I really should do in one day.

It’s the getting into strange positions that I hate the most, nothing moves like it used to. And once I turn myself into a pretzel, I seem to remain a pretzel for awhile in spite of efforts to the contrary.

Oh well, I will survive. Hope you survive also, Rich…............(-:


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 10-30-2010 06:15 AM

Replaced our dishwasher about a year ago, it went pretty much as planned (with the 3 requisite trips back to the hardware store for getting parts you should have got the first time :-). I love doing plumbing though so it was not a big deal…now gyproc or painting on the other hand I will happily pay some one to install, mud and paint…I really dislike painting!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 10-30-2010 06:43 AM

I replaced ours about 10 years ago, and it was easy until my wife forced the box of cleaning stuff back under the sink and dented the underside of the SS sink and tore the Ptrap off. A trip to the big box store the next day and picking up a cast iron Almond sink and facuet set me back over 5 hundred bucks, and after I got that installed, my wife looked at the counter top, and said that they now looked like hell, and wanted them replaced as well. Live and learn, should have just gotten her a new sponge and dish towel.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#12 posted 10-30-2010 06:53 AM

The proper way to install a dishwasher is to marry her first. That’s the way we used to do it.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 10-30-2010 07:03 AM

If it involves plumbing, I call a plumber. I don’t care what it costs.
Mark, I’ll trade you drywall work for plumbing anyday…

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#14 posted 10-31-2010 12:36 AM

It’s just no fun working in the house, is it Rich? You are usually laying upside down on the floor and being forced to work left handed (or right handed if you are a lefty), or balancing on a ladder or plank. Sore backs, twisted necks and hands hurting from using screwdrivers where no machines will fit. I am really glad that I am finally so old that I won’t be expected to keep doing it much longer. Something for you youngsters to look forward to!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 10-31-2010 06:18 AM

Thanks Don, I’ll keep that in mind. I’d love to see your part of the world. I am fortunate in that Jen actually likes doing gyproc and puttying…she laughs at me when I can’t even watch here slapping that stuff on.

The next renno scheduled here is a major refit of our son’s bedroom, we’re removing the closet and designing a better storage area….it means a huge amount of drywall removal and refitting.

Give me a torch and a spool of solder and I’ll make it water tight!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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