The dishwasher is successfully in the spot it’s supposed to be (as opposed to the middle of the kitchen floor, in a box) and it works! YES- it works! I just finished my first load of dishes and they came out clean. Super clean. The weeks and weeks of installing the disposal and dishwasher and now over. Thank goodness. The kitchen table can go back to being used for plates of food instead of tool boxes, screws, and hammers. All is well with the world again.
There were several hang-ups along the way, but I think we learned some good lessons as we went through it all. We now know, for 100%, that I DO NOT like messes. (As if that was really debatable before….) BUT now it is for sure true. It’s hard for me to function with messes of things unfinished and piled up. Just not my thing. And we learned Matt is really good a research. I knew this before, but now I know FOR SURE FOR SURE. He has never done plumbing or electrical work before, but he just jumped in and figured it out. How? No idea. He’s just good like that.
Just in case you were thinking about using the dishwasher box for a bench or chair, don’t. It’s very clearly marked to NOT sit or stand on the box in any way, shape, or form. Don’t forget that. It’s a very important step when installing a dishwasher.
We had to remove four drawers in order for the dishwasher to fit under the existing counter. Here’s another lesson we learned: all projects seem a lot easier BEFORE you actually start doing them. So Matt went to town cutting out the drawers and clearing out all that extra wood we didn’t need.
Once the drawers were removed, we found a dip in the floor. When the previous owners put the kitchen floor down, they obviously didn’t install the floor under the existing cabinets. Enter our fabulous neighbors. Matt borrowed a saw from him and he came over to see how it was all going. When he noticed the in the floor, he knew exactly what to do. He walked on over to his shed, picked out some scrap, and measured it to fit right into the dip in the floor. Yep- to the rescue again. They’re the best.
Once the floor was evened out, it was time for Matt to go under the house and do some things under there. I think he added an electrical box, drilled up through the floor for the wires and pipes and things….. This part is pretty fuzzy for me, since there was no way I was going under the house. I got to stay up top, dropping pencils and things through the hole in the floor to Matt. Great fun! Seriously, I was thrilled because I didn’t have to go under there!
There was one little screw that was screwed on so tight at the factory, Matt couldn’t get it off. My mom and dad came down this weekend and brought some special tool to show that screw who was boss. The screw finally gave up and loosened up and is doing it’s job just fine now that we put it in it’s place.
Finally got to use that “Dirty/Clean” magnet on a dishwasher. It’s been on my fridge for years, just waiting to be put to use.