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darcy12
Dishwasher / Flooring issue
darcy12

My husband and I purchased our home this year and the existing dishwasher wasn't working upon move in. We picked out a dishwasher from Lowe's and had them send out a plumber to measure to make sure it would fit - and it won't! The previous owners put in new flooring that only goes up to the old dishwasher. They did have a smaller size that they thought may work but it was more expensive and our options were limited.

I'm not sure what the best route to go is? Does it do any good to get new countertops? I do NOT like the counters we have (they are turquoise) and would like to replace them eventually. But if we put in a new dishwasher while the counters are being replaced that puts us back in the same position if we ever need to replace it again right? Any ideas or do we need to take out the flooring?

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

If you're going to change out the counter tops, then you can shim them to accommodate the dishwasher. I would also suggest shimming the feet on the dishwasher so that it is parallel to the flooring, should anything need repair, you'll be able to get the dishwasher out again.

If you don't like this look or idea, then tearing out the floor is the other option.

hollasboy
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hollasboy

I was able to completely remove the screw-in, height adjustable feet from my new dishwasher, and that gave me another 1/2 inch to work with.

dj1
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dj1

I had to deal with this twice in my life, and in both times I had to break away one row of tile in front of the dishwashers. Luckily, there were a few matching tiles sitting around to finish the jobs.

However, if you are replacing the counter top, you can easily remove the old d/w while the old counter top is out of the way.

Removing the height adjusters may help in some cases, and may not help in other cases.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry
dj1 wrote:

I had to deal with this twice in my life

You lucky devil. I can't count the times I've ran into this and it makes me want to kill tile installers who take the shortcut of not raising the cabinets as part of the flooring job. You NEVER tile up to cabinets unless you check the clearance for appliance removal first, and even if you have that it is still not the correct thing to do as the cabinets may be replaced later on and the new ones may not align with those edge tiles.

End of rant,
Phil

MichaelInOr
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MichaelInOr

When I refinished my kitchen I put 1 layer of 3/4" plywood on top of every cabinet but left it blank above the dishwasher. I then put a second layer of 3/4" over everything including the dishwasher. This gave me plenty of room for the dishwasher without having to raise all the base cabinets. I installed granite counter tops. I love the extra 1 1/2 of counter top height since I am 6' 3".

The bull nose lip on the granite counter tops easily covered the plywood and everthing looks perfectly normal. Also left plent of height for installing a trash compactor.

I have never seen a tiler that would consider removing all the kitchen cabinets to tile a kitchen floor. I know it sucks but in the realm of incredibly crappy contractor work Ihave seen this is the low on my list of things that piss me off!

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