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Old 07-12-2011, 11:33 AM   #1
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We just bought a house and the dishwasher didn't work. The intake works because I turned it on and the water came out very fast. Just bought a new Kitchen Aid dishwasher from Sears and now I'm wondering: do I need to use a steel braid intake pipe or can I use what's there (see picture)? It seems that Home Depot and Sears only sell the steel braid stuff, at least here in Canada, rather than this white plastic. I have no idea what the difference is. I just don't want a flooding incident in the future, and I don't mind paying for a plumber to change it to braided... any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:52 PM   #2
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I'd only change the pipe from pex (your white plastic pipe) to braided ss where the pipe leaves the wall/floor behind your dishwasher. It's easier kink pex than braided if the new unit ever needs to be serviced or replaced.

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Old 07-12-2011, 03:52 PM   #3
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I'm not a pro plumber, but that appears to be PEX. If I were you, I would have it replumbed with the stainless steel flex hose made for dishwashers. Then it will be easier to change or work with in the future.
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Anyone know why there is that type of valve on there instead of the kind that you see in bathrooms for example?
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Its simply a better valve, the valve is known as a ball valve much better than the seat and seal valves normally provided by builders. The reason builders generally don't provide ball valves as shut-offs is expense.

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Should I get the valve changed as well while the plumber is there?
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No need to change the valve, ball valves will last lets say forever.

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Oh, I see, I got confused...you said mine is the better valve. Ok, great, thanks!

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