How to Install a Dishwasher: Part 1

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An expert shows how to install a new dishwasher in your kitchen quickly and easily in this free online DIY kitchen renovation video, with home improvement tips for the kitchen.

Part of the Video Series: Tips On How To Remodel Your Kitchen
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I’m Lee. I have a degree in architecture and about ten years construction experience, and we’re installing a new dishwasher. The water inlet, which is, everything’s located on the bottom. You just want to take some Teflon tape and stretch it around the threads before you even set the dishwasher up.

Once you have wrapped the Teflon tape around the threads, just take the compression fitting nut, slide the compression fitting over. You can reuse the old pipe, but it’s not recommended, and then just insert the pipe into the valve, and just tighten this up until it won’t turn anymore, and tighten it about three-quarters of a turn past that. And then you’re going to have to feed the water pipe and electricity and the drain line through the cabinet wall to be connected on the other end, to the switch, draining into the sink and pulling water from the sink also.

Once you get everything fed into the cabinet area, we’re just going to take this piece of copper pipe, and you want to bend a large arc. You don’t want to just grab it and bend it- it’s going to break, you’ll have a water leak- it won’t flow right. And you just take off this nut, which is a compression fitting, and you can use the new one, or we already have one on there. And you just slowly, over a wide amount of area, bend this copper pipe and slide it into the valve, and then tighten down the nut on that.

And once you have your supply line and your electricity hooked up to the switch, there might be an old drain here- this one is in fact draining a leak from above because we have not found the right hose yet. We want to slide this over- you need to take this clamp off the old one- and you can take it off and then throw away the old pipe, and as long as you keep the clamp because it might not come with new ones. Open it up to where it’s big enough for the new drain line. Now, the hose on the top part of the drain right here is always going to have a lot of play in it. And that’s just because they usually make them fairly large. But with this cinched type clamp, you have no problem, and no worry, and it does drain down into the pipe itself. And you just clamp it until it’s tight, and that is how you would install a new dishwasher in your kitchen remodel.

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