Originally Posted by Beth777
I'm confused! Is it best to get installation through the appliance store...or through our trusty appliance repair guy...or call a plumber or an electrician? Please advise!
We have newly obtained the Black & Decker "Complete Guide to Home Wiring." Planning to learn how to add in a phone jack ourselves. Brave enough for some DIY jobs, like paint the house ourselves and install our own storm doors, but way too scared to attempt new dishwasher installation....
Relax! Installing a dishwasher is not that daunting of a task!
Regarding who you should call, you're looking at a couple of different trades possibly. I highly doubt that the appliance installer (assuming that he/she is being provided as a service by the retailer) would be willing to take on this task. Typically they deliver and install when existing services/space are already intact. The work required goes way beyond what they would be willing to do (in my experience anyway). That being said though, it is not that tough. You may want to look for a competent handyman who would be willing to cover all aspects of the installation. Try servicemagic.com but definitely follow up on references. You may want to consider pulling a permit and having the work inspected when complete. At least consult with your local building/code agency regarding any special requirements unique to your municipality.
As someone else mentioned (assuming that this will be an undercabinet mount), you'll need to allocate space for it, preferably next to the sink. This would require removing one or more cabinet carcasses which you should be able to do no problem. In addition to the electrical requirements, you'll need to make some minor plumbing modifications. If you already have a garbage disposal, it more than likely has a drain port for connection of the DW discharge line (you would simply need to punch out the seal before connecting the drain line). DW discharge hoses are flexible and usually connect to the plumbing system with a spring clamp or hose clamp (very easy). If no disposal is present, you'll need to modify the drain line from the sink. You can buy special tail pieces that have a built in nipple for the drain connection at all home stores and you can use threaded compression fittings which makes the install even easier. The water supply will require cutting a shut off valve in the water supply line under the sink (similar to what is on your toilets). Again, even if you are dealing with copper, adding the valve is very straighforward even if you haven't done much plumbing work.
If you want, you can PM me and I'll be happy to walk you through all of the aspects of this job.