|The installation area, after removal of the canned storage and trash door|
|Hot water connection|
|Sharkbite fitting - an easy way to connect to PEX water piping|
The plumbing and electrical work was completed, and the following week the new dishwasher was delivered to our site by Lowes. The delivery personnel carried it inside and placed it on the kitchen floor. The rest was now up to me.
|Connection to the grey tank|
I connected the hot water, wastewater, and electrical underneath the unit, and installed the recessed kick panel. I found that the existing mood lighting under the cabinet kick panel could be reinstalled, which was an added bonus.
The last part of the install was to fabricate the custom oak surround frame. I purchased an 8 foot length of 3/4 x 3 1/2 oak lumber, and made the cuts using my new compact power saw, which I purchased to facilitate these cabinet modifications. The saw was purchased from Amazon for less than $60, and with a 4 1/2 inch carbide blade, is ideally suited for this type of work.
The job completed, I powered on the new appliance, and ran a cycle to check for leaks and functionality. We were immediately impressed by how quiet the machine is. It is barely audible in the living room.
The weight of the dishwasher is 80 lbs. I removed 35 lbs of cabinetry during the install, resulting in a net weight gain of 45 lbs. As mentioned previously, I will weigh the rig during our eastbound journey in April, to ensure that the GVWR of 16,000 lbs is not exceeded.
Dishwashing, by mutual agreement, has traditionally been a chore carried out by the talented Navigator. Now that we have an ingenious electromechanical contraption to perform this menial work, she will be able to concentrate on more cerebral pursuits, such as listening to her extensive music collection.