Dishwasher install

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  1. Jwhitman

    Jwhitman New Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    I am doing a dishwasher install on a whirlpool GU2700. all went well until the mounting to the counter top. The unit is level and positioned nicely, when screwing the unit the counter it distorts it somehow and the door closes funny. With out the unit screwed into the counter the door opens and closes properly. To back track a little the counter is one of those old formica ones with a rounded end and a lip. So the dishwasher slips in, but the area to screw in the bracket has about a 3/4" gap between the bracket and the bottom of the counter. So I screwed in a couple chunks of wood to the bottom of the counter top to make it level with the lip, this allows me to screw into the piece of wood. Is this causing me trouble? should I remove the counter and raise the dishwasher to sit up against the bottom of the counter? One last thing the counter is not level, but it would require a lot of work to level it. I did shim the high side of the counter, but it still did not work. Any thoughts or ideas
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Usually the tab to secure the DW is flexible. You should bend it up to the appropriate location, so that when the screw is installed, it does not put any strain on the tab at all.

    Also, today, many DW have an option to move the tab and secure to the side of the cabinet instead of undercounter. This is for granite, but it might solve your problem as well.
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  4. GabeS

    GabeS Remodel Contractor

    Jan 10, 2007
    Remodel contractor
    Brooklyn NY
    Did you try raising the legs of the dishwasher up so that it meets the countertop?
  5. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Aug 17, 2008
    Hand copper part cleaned ready to go
    Flagstaff, AZ Sitting on an upside down 5 gallon b
    Aren't dishwashers fun¿
    Raising the front legs will probably put it out of level then you have to adjust the rear and on whirlpoops they have wheels that you have to loosen and then go to the next setting. Can try using a longer screw that doesn't want to pull the unit out of level but still keeps it from moving around. Just don't go through formica top.
  6. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    The dishwasher should be up high enough so that the top cannot be seen, then either bend the securing tabs so they meet the bottom of the countertop or use washers to shim them.

    The dishwasher should not be supported by the tabs- they are only there to keep the unit from moving when you pull/push on the door handle.
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