How to Anchor a Dishwasher to a Counter

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One of the last steps in the installation of an under-counter dishwasher is anchoring the unit to the underside of the counter. A dishwasher that is not secured may move or slide around while running or when the door is opened or closed, putting unnecessary stress on the plumbing and electrical connections to the machine. Most under-counter dishwashers come with brackets that allow the unit to be secured to the counter, and they can be installed in a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Self-tapping screws
  • Slide the dishwasher straight out from the wall a few inches. Lower the dishwasher door. Locate the mounting bracket screw holes in the top edge of each side of the dishwasher.

  • Line up the holes in the mounting brackets supplied with your dishwasher with the screw holes located previously. Secure the brackets by driving in the retaining screws provided, with a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Slide the dishwasher back into the opening under the countertop.

  • Drive self-tapping screws through the horizontal mounting holes in the brackets into the underside of the countertop with a Phillips screwdriver. Ensure the screws used are not longer than the thickness of your countertop.

  • Close the dishwasher door.

Tips & Warnings

  • Under-counter dishwashers can be anchored to the underside of countertops that can accept screws, such as wood or laminate countertops. Solid surface countertops may need you to purchase a set of side-mount brackets so that you can secure your dishwasher to the vertical sides of the surrounding cabinetry. Side-mount brackets may come with your dishwasher or you may need to buy them from the manufacturer separately.
  • If the plumbing and electrical connections to your dishwasher have already been made, use care when sliding the dishwasher out from the opening under the countertop. Slide the dishwasher out far enough to access the mounting bracket screw holes and no more, or damage could occur to the plumbing and electrical connections.

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