Thursday, May 5, 2016

Adventures in plumbing, the dishwasher edition

23 comments:

  1. Wow! Great Job!

    You are amazing, plumber woman. :)

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  2. Doesn't Lowes uninstall the old, install the new out your way? Regardless, two thumbs up to you for tackling this job.

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    1. They do, but I didn't want to spend the extra $150 on a job I foolishly thought would be simple. Silly me.

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  3. Anne Boleyn5/5/16, 5:35 AM

    Bravo you! But now I need a nap from watching this twice.

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  4. That was a good laugh. You're braver than I am, I would have called a plumber after the second leak. I am unnaturally proud of myself today because I bought and installed a shower head yesterday. I've been wanting to do that for a while, but I find myself being intimidated by wrenches and pliers. Turned out I didn't even need one.

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  5. I'm still dying to see the color of your cape...? That super hero cape that I know you're wearing...
    You are amazing!

    I was wondering if you could maybe put the dishwasher on 'lifts', 2X4s or something, to get the top at the right height, and then cover the added space at the bottom? Does that make sense? I was thinking it might be easier to camouflage the discrepancy...oh. never. mind. that. would. mean. you. would. have. to. pull. the. entity. back. out. and. do. the. installation. part. all. over. again. Go ahead and pour the wine...

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  6. Good for you, Linda. When I first moved to Tijeras in 2005, I replaced my dishwasher by myself. The hard water really does a number on appliances that use water. It was scary and, yes, exhausting, but we women tend to read every word of the instructions so we can usually do it right. Brings a great deal of satisfaction that we can do our own repairs if we have to.

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  7. Now you can add plumber to your resume. Great job. One question though, was there any plumber's crack involved?

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  8. How impressed I am that you 1.) figured it all out, and 2.) kept at it till you got it right. I would've cried, hollered, stamped the floor until I scared my Siberians, hugged 'em, and called a plumber. And been mad at myself all day for turning to a m.a.n. for help. Gosh, now I could call YOU instead!

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    1. My thought exactly. But since tarantulas and rattlesnakes don't bother her, major appliances don't stand a chance. Aunt Jean

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  9. "Shit!! It's leaking!!" -- quote of the year. πŸ˜†

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  10. Michelle from Vancouver5/5/16, 9:07 AM

    Great job ! I think you are missing the "trim" piece for above the dishwasher so there's no gap? I'll ask hubby when he gets home....he installs kitchens all day long and hooks up the dishwashers.

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to know how the professionals solve this problem.

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  11. Congratulations! But you know, this is why Lucy wouldn't come in the house the other day. She knew she would be expected to help with this sort of thing. This way, all her help is moral support, and you won't be asking her to hold a flashlight.




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  12. Oooooh, I like the stainless steel! :-)
    And water combined with electricity scares the heck out of me. You are very brave reaching under there on a puddle of water!!
    Good job, you! I'm incredibly impressed, as always.

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    1. I share your fear! You'd laugh if you'd seen me quadruple check that the thing was unplugged before every dive.

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  13. Northern AB gal5/5/16, 12:05 PM

    Once again you have impressed us with your resourcefulness, although, thinking about it, I doubt you would have moved miles from nowhere if you weren't a "do-it-yourselfer". Good job! BTW, did you install a shut-off valve when you had it all apart so you can use your hot water the next time you have to change out the dishwasher, lol!

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  14. The feet on the dishwasher are set in their lowest position. That is why you have a gap. The feet look like screws with black plastic bottoms at each front corner. Also there will be rollers in the back that need to be adjusted to the correct height also. On some dishwashers you can adjust the back rollers without taking out the dishwasher. On some you have to adjust them with the unit out. The instructions should show you how to do this.

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  15. Yes, dishwasher's have adjustable feet. When they installed ours, they put the dishwasher next to the cabinet and adjusted the back feet until it was almost touching and then slid it in the hole and adjusted the front ones up until it was perfectly level to get the water to drain properly, and then screwed it into place on both sides and the top. I hate to think you'll have to disconnect it to get it in right, but it'll be easier than trying to find a board to match your existing wood and stain color.

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  16. Nice work! I've learned that in plumbing, unlike auto repair, the "tightness" of a connection is relative and frustratingly not precise. I recently had that problem installing a new toilet. "Tighten snugly but not too tight else you'll break something." It been said that "tighten until the leaking stops" is the plumbing rule. Ugh... But now you are a *experienced*!

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  17. An American in Tokyo5/16/16, 6:09 PM

    WOW, YOU ARE AMAZING!!

    (I would have just paid the extra $150 to have them install it. I know NOTHING about plumbing.)

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