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Removal of a 1948 GE Dishwasher questions
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Post# 1160130   9/22/2022 at 10:50 by turquoisedude (.)        

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I've been hatching this one for over 2 years now... In late 2019, a FB friend posted about an old GE dishwasher that was in the kitchen of the house of a friend and would anyone be interested in it.  I jumped on it and had planned to get the machine in spring of 2020... but the pandemic was declared, the borders shut, and I went nowhere until this year.  I have made arrangements to finally get this dishwasher next week and it will be brought back to Ogden along with a few other toys that I'll be picking up on this trip.


My question:  would anyone happen to have a set of installation instructions for one of these old GE 'standalone' dishwashers? 


I recall that the dishwashers on the 'Electric Sink' models have a removable front panel, but I'd like to know how to remove the timer knob and the panel.  I'm planning on taking a toolkit with me, but I'd like to know which kinds of screwdrivers I'm likely to need.  Guessing the timer knob has a hex-head setscrew, that most cabinet screws will either be philips or slot, and that the machine will be bolted to the floor with lag bolts.  It will be very interesing to see how the plumbing is done with one of these - I'm bringing a blowtorch for the gravity drain connection 'cause I'm figuring the bolts and connections are going to be rusty... 


The picture of the machine is not terrific, but it will give you an idea which model it is.  

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Post# 1160133 , Reply# 1   9/22/2022 at 11:55 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Removing a 1948 GE dishwasher

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Take a Sawzall with you and a plumber and electrician

Is the kitchen still in use in this house?

Post# 1160134 , Reply# 2   9/22/2022 at 12:12 by turquoisedude (.)        
Still installed....

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But has not been used in a very long time.   The person who I'm getting the machine from was told by their home inspector that it doesn't work, but I'd be surprised.   I know I'm going to have some "fun" removing this one BUT given the chewed-up GE pull-outs and the 57 Whirlpool that was literally sawed in half to remove it that I have acquired over the years, I'd rather take my chances doing the removal of this one myself.... 

Post# 1160138 , Reply# 3   9/22/2022 at 13:08 by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        

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I am still amazed by the treasures that continue to pop up.  If its complete, I bet you'll get it going.  Can't wait to see more pics.

Post# 1160139 , Reply# 4   9/22/2022 at 13:19 by turquoisedude (.)        

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I'll be posting all about this adventure, I promise, Ralph!  A certain pink Westinghouse is finally going to be migrating north for the winter, too....  Hee hee


Post# 1160140 , Reply# 5   9/22/2022 at 13:32 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Great timing Paul,

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and good luck. The crossing protocols change next week, with some restrictions modified or eliminated altogether. Arrivecam wasn't that bad; don't know if you'll even need it next week. I went across in June using Arrivecam, for the first time since Covid, chasing the Connor Wringer, and it was simply wonderful to be in Canada again. There's a a fabulous bike trail I've ridden a few times, a former railroad line stretching from Fort Erie to Crystal Beach. Cheers to you and Christopher.

Post# 1160152 , Reply# 6   9/22/2022 at 17:48 by steved (Guilderland, New York)        
This help?

Dimensions for the Electric Sink, but maybe the plumbing and electric info is helpful. Not many details available, I'll continue to look.....

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Post# 1160236 , Reply# 7   9/23/2022 at 16:47 by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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What a goody !!

Post# 1160303 , Reply# 8   9/24/2022 at 12:17 by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

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My in-laws had an old GE electric sink back in the 70's that was still usable. One of the things I thought was interesting is that the timer was built into the mechanism and driven from the motor and had cams to operate different functions. I think it might have used some sort of worm drive.

Post# 1160384 , Reply# 9   9/25/2022 at 15:04 by cehalstead (Charleston, WV)        
will be a great adventure

I'm looking forward to meeting you and helping with the removal. The house I live in (and grew up in) had the Hotpoint version of the electric sink. This GE is very similar, but is top loading. The Hotpoint was front opening. Looking forward to Thursday.....

Post# 1160505 , Reply# 10   9/27/2022 at 12:04 by mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
To all Travelers~

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The Arrivecan and the proof of vaccination requirement are over forever this coming Friday, as reported on the local news. It's a big deal here for the Buffalo, NY area because the Peace Bridge, which crosses the Niagara River, provides access to Ontario, Canada in minutes.

Bon Voyage, Paul!

The Hamburg exit off the I- 90 NYS Thruway is minutes away from my house. I will email you my phone number. Call me if you'd like a pitstop on your way home.

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