I'm having problems keeping my dishwasher level. It was screwed to the
counter, but both screws have pulled free from their holes. One screw hole
has no threads, and the back of the other hole has been ripped completely
free (so that it's not a hole at all any more). It never did fit in there
Any thoughts on how I should go about leveling this thing? My thinking is
to attach a piece of wood to the bottom of the counter, but I'm not sure
how to attach the wood to the counter so that it'll stay. I'm really leary
of drilling any more holes in the counter.
By the way, the dishwasher itself is a Frigidaire Gallery, and the counter
is some kind of formica/laminate.
<< I'm not sure how to attach the wood to the counter so that it'll stay >>
Get some really good glue, like TiteBond III, and your wood repair will be
perfectly adequate. If you can't clamp or wedge the wood in place, light
tacking until the glue sets will work fine. Good luck.
I didn't screw my diswasher to the counter at all. My first dishwasher
failed because the hinges bent because my teenager piled too much weight
on the open door. Now I have a hinged leg on the door to take the
weight so there is no strain on the hinges and I didn't screw to the
counter at all. If the upper tray is overloaded and slif too far out,
the dishwasher will tip forward (looks scary but it can only move a bit)
and the operator will note they did something wrong.
Free men own guns, slaves don't
You don't want to try to level the DW using the counter screws.
Their two purposes are to keep the machine in place front to rear
and to prevent its tipping forward when the door's opened. They
shouldn't be supporting any weight.
Level it up using the feet, laying a level on the lower rack rail for
front-to-back, and anywhere across the cabinet, tank flange, or
top of the console for side-to-side levelling.
1/4-inch thick Masonite(tm) blocks work well for shimming up
the rear feet/rollers if necessary. (I cut a bunch about 2in x 3in
and carry them in the truck.. Handy for alot of appliances.)
Before you re-anchor it to the countertop, remember to latch the
door and look down on it to be sure the console reveal lines up
with the countertop. #1 mistake I see made in installations, and
when you're looking down on a crooked one, it looks pretty bad.
When it's straight, carefully unlatch without moving it, and drive
Hope that's of some help.
Dave's Repair Service
New Albany, PA
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