Written by Rick

How do I build in my dishwasher?

Building in a dishwasher sounds like a difficult task, but when you prepare well and take your time, everyone can do this on their own. In this article I'll briefly explain what is involved.

In short

  • What are we going to do? Build in a built-in dishwasher.
  • For which appliances is this explanation suitable? All built-in dishwashers.
  • How long does it take? About 1.5 hour.
  • What do you need? You always need a spirit level, a drill, and a tape measure. Depending on the brand, you may need extra material. Always consult the installation manual.

Preparation

The explanation I give below is a generalized explanation to build in a dishwasher. The number of steps or the order may differ for your dishwasher. That's why you should always use the included manual, and only use this article as a guideline.

Step 1: attach the moisture protection

Attach moisture protection dishwasher

To protect the countertop from the vapor released when you open the dishwasher, we'll first install the moisture protection. This is a sticker or a plastic strip of about 60cm wide (45cm for a narrow built-in dishwasher). You attach this to the bottom of your countertop where the vapor from your dishwasher would hit the countertop. The way the moisture protection is attached differs per brand, but it's usually a matter of sticking the strip in the right place.

Step 2: attach the mounting brackets

Before we can screw the dishwasher into the kitchen, a number of built-in dishwashers require you to first install the mounting brackets. Whether this is necessary for your dishwasher depends, among other things, on the brand, but also on the placement of the appliance. If your dishwasher comes under a stone countertop or next to a stone wall, you won't be able to insert any screws. In such situations the installation is slightly different. Look carefully in the manual to see what you have to do.

Step 3: place the dishwasher

Insert the connector into the socket, attach the inlet hose to the faucet, and connect the drain hose to the siphon with a hose clamp or insert it into the drain pipe. Don't forget to open the faucet. Then slide the dishwasher into place.

Step 4: level the dishwasher

It's important that the top of the dishwasher is tight against the top. The front legs can be adjusted left and right. The leg at the back of the dishwasher can be adjusted with the screw at the bottom center of the front of the dishwasher. Always use a manual screwdriver when adjusting the legs of a dishwasher. Hold the spirit level against the closed door of the dishwasher, then check that the dishwasher is level and not tilted backwards.

Step 5: prepare the kitchen panel for attachment

Prepare kitchen panel dishwasher

The kitchen panel is attached to the dishwasher door with a number of screws. For this, you will have to drill screw holes in the right place. The manual for your built-in dishwasher shows exactly how to measure to determine where these holes should go. This is usually done based on a template that you place over the door. Be careful that you don't drill too deep. You don't want to drill through the panel.

Tip: if you measure twice, you won't need to drill twice.

Step 6: attach the kitchen panel

Next, we're going to attach the kitchen panel to the door of the dishwasher. In most cases, you hang the kitchen panel on the door of the dishwasher, and then screw it tight. Look in the installation manual how to do this with your dishwasher.

Step 7: secure the dishwasher

With the panel attached, it's now time to secure the dishwasher in the kitchen. Use the previously placed mounting brackets to secure the dishwasher with a manual screwdriver.

Step 8: replace the baseboard

Put baseboard dishwasher back

Put the baseboard back. If necessary, saw off part of the baseboard to make room for the door.


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