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How to Install a Contemporary Dishwasher

Use these step-by-step instructions to easily install a dishwasher.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Take Measurements

Before you start the installation process, make sure to have the exact measurements of all the appliances, keeping in mind such things as door and hinge clearance needed in cabinet openings. This will make things go a lot smoother when it comes time to slide them in.

You may have to pick up a dishwasher supply line at the hardware store. Make sure it's long enough to reach under the sink.

Step 2: Attach the Elbow

Tip the dishwasher on its back and remove the lower cover plate.

Attach the elbow that came with the supply line to the dishwasher, and use Teflon tape to prevent leaks.

attach elbow that came with supply line

Step 3: Drill Two Holes

Drill two holes through the side of the sink cabinet using a drill and spade bit. One is for the water supply line and the other is for the plastic drain hose.

drill holes in side of sink cabinet

Step 4: Finish the Installation

Push the lines through the holes for the plumber to hook up.

Hook up the electrical connection or have an electrician do it.

Put the lower cover plate back on, and slide the dishwasher into place.

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