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Install a Dishwasher

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Installing a new dishwasher isn't as intimidating as it may seem -- replace your old, broken down refrigerator with a new model!




  • Charla

    This would have been a good article Http://www.kitchenremodelinginfoguide.info to have about a month ago, I had to hire someone and this would have made it easy for my husband to do.

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  • Les

    Boy, the retired couple you bought your house from left behind one incredibly energy-efficient dishwasher! Okay, maybe just efficient to them, because they didn't need to run it more than once a week and only had a full load when the grandkids came for Thanksgiving. But you—you pack that thing with pots, plates, and glasses every night, sometimes again in the morning. Its age is starting to show, especially in your electric and water bills.




    Time to switch it out for a new Energy Star–qualified dishwasher, which can save you more than $30 a year on power and almost 500 gallons of water. These units have sensors that self-adjust to wash with just the right amount of water. And today's models are so good at scrubbing, you don't have to prerinse in the sink—which translates to even less of your hard-earned money and time down the drain. But the biggest cost-saver of all is that you can install one yourself in an afternoon, as This Old House technical editor Mark Powers demonstrates on the following pages. No plumber, no electrician—and no worries that you're squandering your retirement money on a load of clean dishes.

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  • Frank

    I have never seen a dishwasher with a plug for a electrical connection ,mostly hard wired.

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  • MIKE

    BY CODE, ALL D/W SHOULD BE HARD WIRED ON THERE OWN BREAKER


  • marty

    this guy makes it look so easy... not a granite countertop... not copper tubing... geez eric, leave the professional work to the professionals... if a person follows this tutorial, and floods their kitchen, ruins their floor or countertop, or worst case burns down the house due to poor electrical connection... will eric or aol be responsible???

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  • Terry

    Can we all say "Bullshit"? Stromer and his AOL jackass's are just full of it. Unless you are mechanically gifted, which almost ALL of you are NOT, installing a dishwasher is best left to someone who knows how. And not necessarlly your local plumber who will most likely rip you off.

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  • tojo

    Can we all say "Bullshit"? Stromer and his AOL jackass's are just full of it. Unless you are mechanically gifted, which almost ALL of you are NOT, installing a dishwasher is best left to someone who knows how. And not necessarlly your local plumber who will most likely rip you off.

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  • jm

    It can really be quite simple, but I have learned on HUGE lesson. Stick with the same brand you already have in place! If it's a Kenmore, get a Kenmore. If it's a Whirlpool, get a whirlpool... Etc..
    There's a VERY good chance that the electric and plumbing hook-ups will be in exactly the same place as the one you are replacing, which will make it almost as easy as changing your shoes. Last time I did this, I switched brands and the hookups went from front/left to rear /right. The hot water line and drain line were too short and the power line had to be completely reworked. What should have taken 2 hours ended up taking an entire weekend!

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  • dennis

    i have installed many dishwashers , none ever plugged in except for the Miele{ they only give you pics for the install,but i am sure eric would have no problem he could probably do it blindfolded and his hands tied behind his back } ihave never seen an airgap either but i will not question Mr. Stromer , he knows it all ,again.

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  • Scott

    "Installing a new dishwasher isn't as intimidating as it may seem -- replace your old, broken down refrigerator with a new model!" What does this have to do with the refrigerator??

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  • Tom

    I install dishwashers as part of my job. He made that look much simpler then it really is. No dishwashers come with an electrical cord. You have to transfer the cord from the old one or buy a new one and install it on the new dishwasher. The water inlet lines rarely ever match up. And if the floor has been replaced in front of the old dishwasher, you may not even be able to get the dishwasher out without lifting the counter top up. There are many problems that can arise. He did not even talk about properly leveling the dishwasher, or what you do if there is a granite countertop that you can not screw into..

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  • jbjg24m

    loading the dishwasher is easy for me, i just take h my wife out to the nearest bar and ge her loaded

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  • georgia

    Just instaled a new one today, need to take into condersidation following.....If a new floor was put in might be difficulet to take the old one out......The last disherwasher was a certain size...not sure what size..point is after 7 years. I need to buy a new one the new dishwashers are a bigger size. Some are huge..well the problem is that my counter space that the dishwashe sits in. Does not expand to fit a bigger dishwasher.. Luckey enought to get one to fit (very tight in the same spot). the next time around will have to redo the cupboards to fit a new one in 10 years. can be installed yoursef as long as pluming and electric is already their.

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  • The Ger

    I don't like the idea of using a rubber hose for the hot water connection. They tend to burst, especially if you're not home. At the very least one with steel braiding should be used or better still, copper tubing as my plumber used on my dishwasher. Same goes for a clothes washer. If the rubber hoses on your washer are 5 plus years old, replace them now with steel braided hoses.

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