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want to convert a portable dishwasher....
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Post# 282118   5/28/2008 at 15:10 (3,428 days old) by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        

I have a Frigidaire 18" portable dishwasher that I want to convert for undercounter use in my basement kitchen. Do I have to buy the converter kit or can I use a washer hose to connect the hot water? Also, can I just cut the waste water hose and attach it to a standard drain connection with clamps? I read somewhere that a dishwasher should not be installed on carpet. Do I need to cut the carpet away or could I place the machine on a piece of plywood underlayment cut to fit the footprint of the dw? Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. If anyone wants, feel free to e-mail me.....Thanks in advance.

Post# 282156 , Reply# 1   5/28/2008 at 21:43 (3,428 days old) by stevet (palm coast florida)        
Don't go Crazy!

Chuck, converting a portable to an undercounter model is usually pretty easy. You will need to remove the cutting board top from it if so equipped and the casters so it will fit under the counter and then use the adjusting feet to level it under the counter.
There is no reason why it cannot be installed on a rug except that the rug would get ruined if the machine leaked from the motor or overflowed badly.
You don't need to install it over a wood base.The rug would actually act as a sound dampener and make the machine quiter.

As far as the plumbing connections go, the hose set up for the faucet connections can be easily removed from the drain connection and fill valve connections under the machine. Simply turn the machine over prior to installuing it and remove the hoses. Use one of those Dishwasher installation kits found at any major home improvement center or plumbing house. It will have the Stainless Steel braided hose as wel as the fitting to go on to the fill valve. Use a high temperature drain hose of the proper diameter so the water can drain quickly and without obstruction. You can get it at the auto parts store.

Get the water and drain connected up and then you just have to push the unit into place and connect the electric power to it and secure it to the counter top after checking for intital leaks.Once it is all secure and the power is connected properly and the machine grounded, you are ready to check it all out. It should work fine.

DO check the manufacturer's website for instructions on installing your unit as wellproperloading of it.
Hope this helps.

Post# 282315 , Reply# 2   5/29/2008 at 14:21 (3,427 days old) by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        
hope this helps....

it sure did! thanks. it doesn't seem like this will be the chore i had imagined it to be.

Post# 286254 , Reply# 3   6/20/2008 at 14:24 (3,405 days old) by toggleswitch2 ()        


Post# 286460 , Reply# 4   6/21/2008 at 18:52 (3,404 days old) by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        

the conversion has not yet been done. too many things to do other places right now...the grass won't stop growing and work is crazy. will advise all and perhaps post before and after pics as soon as the job is done.

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