In this video, Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and carpenter Nathan Gilbert, team up to help a homeowner retrofit a new dishwasher into an old kitchen with no room for one by adjusting the counter and cabinets.
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Richard Trethewey and Nathan Gilbert team up to help a homeowner create space for and install a dishwasher. Richard received an email asking for help installing a dishwasher in a 1950s built home. Installing a dishwasher can be a straightforward job but if the kitchen has never had a dishwasher before, cabinet work will need to be done. Richard gets some help from Nathan to tackle the project.
Time: 5-6 hours
Cost: $450 and up
Skill Level: Hard
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Steps for Retrofitting a Dishwasher
Step 1: Start by making measurements
Step 2: Remove the countertop
Step 3: Remove the cabinets
Step 4: Connect the dishwasher
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To adjust the cabinets to make room for the dishwasher, Nathan used a variety of tools, including a circular saw and a reciprocating saw, that can be found at most home centers.
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Expert assistance with this segment was provided by William C Gilbert Carpentry.
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