Guess What’s Coming to the Kitchen Part II

You may have read my post last week. A friend gave us her dishwasher to replace our ancient one. This is the story of step two. Spoiler Alert: this post does not end with a functioning dishwasher in my kitchen. I am afraid that the next one will not either. I have a feeling that this is going to be a multi-step process, but that is ok. Since my lover and I both work full time, we have to squeeze in projects as we can. Slow and steady wins the race.

Old black dishwasherNew white dishwasher

I am excited for many reasons. First of all, the new one is much better looking and matches our other appliances. Secondly, it is sure to work better than the old one. Also, we had trouble fitting large plates in the old dishwasher. As you can see below, the new dishwasher has a lot more space.

Inside of old dishwasher

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Inside of new dishwasher

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After the “new” dishwasher sat in our kitchen for a week, last weekend we finally found the time to take the old one out. That proved to be harder than I thought it would and involved many runs to the basement for more tools. Crème was very “helpful” through the whole process. You can see her holding the flashlight.

Taking out old dishwasher

After taking out all of the screws along the bottom Douglas tried to take it out… to no avail.

Taking out old dishwasher

So, we had to take the door off, to find out why.

Taking out old dishwasherTaking out old dishwasher

Then we were able to pull it out. It was disssssguuuuuussssting back there. I had to clean it out. The good news is that I found a dime and a nickel. That’s them in the middle picture in case you could not tell. I also found a piece of a church bulletin from 1989. Straight to the trash with that.

Behind dishwasherCorroded dime and nickelChurch bulletin

Before we could disconnect the wires, we had to turn the power off. Unfortunately, our circuit breaker is not labeled, so we are unsure which switch turns off what. This little tool is our good friend. I held it to the wires, and Douglas went down to try the breakers. When he would turn one off, I would yell down if the wires were still hot. It took about six tries before he found the right one.

Voltage tester

Then, we were able to pull the dishwasher out. It sat on the back porch for about a week and a half until the garbage men came to pick it up.

Taking out old dishwasherTaking out old dishwasher

The new dishwasher was able to go in the space, but it is still not hooked up. The old dishwasher was so old that the the pipes connecting it were the old copper pipes instead of the new flexible ones. I have plans for that pipe so stay tuned. The shut-off valves also have to be replaced. I will keep you updated.

Happy Homemaking!

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I am a teacher, traveler, artist, writer, homemaker and a whole lot more. In January 2009, I bought the Cape of Dreams. It was the second house that I had ever owned, but it was the first that I bought by myself. I now live in the house with my husband Douglas, our dog Kahlua, and Crème de Menthe, the cat. Because, what life is complete without a little Kahlua and Cream? I love arts and crafts of all kinds, and I refinish furniture as well. We are slowly redoing our entire house. You can read about my projects on my blog www.CapeofDreams.com

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