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Default Dishwasher screwed in from the TOP and then tiled over (how to secure now?)

On Sun, 16 Mar 2008 19:53:39 -0700, Donna Ohl

On Sun, 16 Mar 2008 17:31:10 -0700, Anthony Matonak wrote:

you are missing the under-counter flange or bracket.

Hi Anthony,
I see what you mean from those photos.

When I look at my dishwasher, I see two indentations at the top

I can't really tell much from your picture.

Those two indentations must be where the missing bracket goes.

I'm guessing that I find those missing brackets at a store but what kind of
store sells dishwasher parts?

I'm not sure you need to buy brackets meant for the dishwasher. Any
piece of metal maybe an inch wide by two inches long, depending on
your situation, might work.

Just pull the dishwasher out a little and see if you can find traces
of the original brackets. I'd be suprised if you ripped off the old
brackets entirely, without noticing that.

In my case, I haven't looked at the other end, but there are two
pieces of sheet metal coming out 3/4" at the top, sliding against the
wood counter right above the dishwasher. One screw go up though each
of those pieces of metal to hold the machine in place. There isn't a
lot of force on these screws and they don't have to be longer than 1/2
inch, with a head big enough that it won't go through the hole. Or a
small head with a washer, to keep the head from going through.

Mostly the dishwasher doesn't fall over, but it needs to be fixed in
place so that you don't push the whole thing further in, and so it
doesn't tip over when the racks are sitting on the door and the weight
of the dishes or your leaning on it might make it tip. 1/2 inch
screws are enough for that, but the counter is probably thick enough
3/4 also. If you have to drill a hole in the counter, wrap some black
plastic tape around the drill bit, leaving only the hole depth
showing, so you can tell how far in you have drilled and stop at the
right depth. Don't drill through the plastic part on top.

You can make the bracket out of any piece of metal you're about to
throw away, or anything you see on the street that is metal. You can
use the top of a can of corn. Use tin snips to cut it to fit, or use
gloves to fold it over and a hammer to make the bend nice and flat.
Drill two holes, one to attach it to the dishwasher and one to go up
into the counter top.

Just make sure that where you attach it to the dishwasher, you don't
screw through the top into the "water chamber", where the washing is

You say something about plastic. IfIf there were screws in the
plastic but now the screw holes are real big, maybe thicker screws of
the same length will do it.

If none of this seems likely to work, post back with more details.

posting from

Picture 2. It lookks like it is still rubber covered and the rust is
from something that was sitting in the rack. If so, using the machine
a few times might wash away the rust, and if not, maybe a gentle use
of Bon Ami cleanser, of Sof-Scrub, I'm not sure which is better.

If not that, maybe draw a sharp knife with the blade resting on the
rusty stuff, but pulling AWAY from the blade, NOT cutting into the
vinyl. The idea is for the pressure of the blade to bend the
rubber/vinyl and cause the rust, which doesn't bend, to fall off. Why
I think the knife needs to be sharp, I don't know. This method takes
time because one has to make many passes at different angles to get
the whole circumference of the wire.