At 67, I still work on guitar amps for my kid and his friends, just
repaired furnace logic control board for a friend's gas furnace. Lots of
soldering and dealing with small electronics parts. That head band
mounted magnifier is very handy when I R&R IC chips. And once a week
I play in local concert band with my euphonium. I can still read my
music without wearing glasses.
(Edwin Pawlowski) writes:
| > I'm not much of a handyman, but I have done simple stuff like
| > installing a ceiling fan, garbage disposal, etc. What do you think? Is
| > installing a new dishwasher using the existing connections a DIY
| > project?
| If you can handle those jobs, you can handle the dishwasher. The difficulty
| is more age dependent since you have to get down on the floor to make the
| water connection. That sure seemed easier 10 years ago.
It was easier 10 years ago. Some of the newer models have much less
room to work around the water connection. I just replaced a reasonably
high-end Kitchen Aid with another, and with the old and new side by side
the difference was obvious. I think I would have needed a very special
wrench to tighten the compression connection with the unit in place, so
I replaced the copper with one of those flexible hose connectors that
could be tightened before installation.
In addition to the other excellent advice offered so far, consider improving
things as long as you're under there...
If the electrical connection is hard-wired into a junction box, consider
replacing the wire nuts, etc., with a plug and outlet.
Replace the solid water pipe with a longer, flexible hose and install a
Give the project a try; can't hurt.
I'm sure it was. But sometimes the configuration can be improved upon. For
example, a very short connection from the washer to the wall such that you
have to wiggle back and disconnect the wire nuts, solder, tape, and/or cover
plate just to get the washer out.
The whole enchilada would be simpler if the junction box was equipped with
an outlet and the washer was equipped with plug.
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