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Old 02-24-2015, 02:30 PM   #1
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Installing dishwasher, are dishwasher panels needed?


I'm installing kitchen cabinets and am trying to figure out if I need to add dishwasher panels between the dishwasher and the cabinets.

There will be cabinets on both sides of the dishwasher. The doors on the cabinets go end to end on the cabinets. The dishwasher requires 24 inches and has rubber strips on both sides to hide the gap between the dishwasher and the cabinet. My concern is that this rubber will interfere with the doors on the cabinets. I figure adding dishwasher panels will solve this, but I'd like to know of standard practice is to install the dishwasher directly next to the cabinet or use a panel. If I don't use them I don't want there to be a crack next to the dishwasher.

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I've never seen panels used when there is a cabinet on each side. I've also never seen rubber on the sides of a DW. They can be trimmed or tucked if it is a problem. Also panels would reduce your width unless this a full new install.
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I've never seen panels used when there is a cabinet on each side. I've also never seen rubber on the sides of a DW. They can be trimmed or tucked if it is a problem. Also panels would reduce your width unless this a full new install.
Thanks for the info. I just test fitted a cabinet next to the dishwasher and it'll work fine. I should've done this from the start haha

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I like to add 1.5 inch spacers on either side of the DW. I add insulation in the added space for sound control.
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I like to add 1.5 inch spacers on either side of the DW. I add insulation in the added space for sound control.
Good to know. I've got a few inches to spare. Originally I was going to use a filler strip after the cupboard on the opposing side, but I might do this now.

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