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 Posted: Wed Oct 17th, 2007 04:15 pm
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While I save for a kitchen rehab in my tiny 75 year old studio, I want to buy a dishwasher. I have some under cabinet space next to my sink. The hot/cold pipes under my sink already have adapters that are being used for a combo washer/dryer, so, I want to install a built-in dishwasher, but replace its permanent hoses with a portable connection that I will snap onto my kitchen faucet. Craig's List has lots of reasonably priced high end built-ins that have been removed during rennovations. Good quality portables are not so easily found. If I buy a built-in dishwasher and replace its permanent hoses with a “drain and fill hose assembly for portable dishwasher” from your http://www.repairclinic.com link, is that all I would need to do?



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it would be much easier to just buy a built in and install it properly, or buy a portable.



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Actually no, it would not be much easier to just buy a built in and install it properly because that would require hiring a plumber to do some extensive work and as I said in my post, I don't want to do that until I have saved enough to fully rehab my kitchen.

I don't have floor space for a portable, just some unused under cabinet space next to my sink, about 18" wide. The only used portables I've seen are low end models with bad reviews because of leaky doors and bad pumps. I don't want to buy a new, dependable, high end unit like a Bosch until I have saved enough to rip out my cabinets and upgrade my plumbing and wiring in a total rehab of my kitchen.

So that's why my question was, will just changing out the hoses be all I would need to do to use a built-in with a portable connection.



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Most likely it can be done as long as the drain part of the assy will fit onto the drain port of the dishwasher and the fill part of the hose assy will fit onto the water fill valve, portable dishwashers normally use different styles of fill valves that the hose attaches onto a different way, you may have to change the fiill valve so the hose assy will fit onto the valve...not sure what problems you may have on the drain part of the pump/motor as every brand is different so might take some adapting to make it fit....otherwise you would just have a portable with no top, sides or back panels...I turned my portable dw into a built-in in another house I owned, I just reversed what you are wanting to do, just left it as a portable otherwise so could use the wood top and could just roll it out on its casters if it were to need to be repaired..;)



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Excellent!

If you did a successful conversion in one direction, I should be able to do it in the opposite.

When I find a good used machine, I'll definitely make sure that I can buy a “drain and fill hose assembly” produced by the same manufacturer as the machine I intend to purchase. That way, I should avoid potential problems with the proper fit of the hoses.

Thank you.

You own a house? Neat! I'm in a 365 square foot studio with a teen aged son and two cats. Imagine how privileged I'm going to feel when I make this happen.



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Yes, I own my own home, mine now was transferred to me when my fiance died almost a year ago so I sold my smaller one...now on the portable vs built in dishwashers, the portables are made different to accept that one piece fill/drain/snap coupler assy.....build in's are not so whatever brand you buy will need some sort of modifications to accept the portable hose system...and the adapter for the faucet must match the brand of the hose snap coupler system since they all make them different sizes so you cannot interchange them and buy their brand...;)...most likely the hose system and adapter you will want to get would be for Whirlpool, they seem more resonable..you just have to attach the fill side of the hoses to the water valve and the drain side of the hoses to the discharge on the pump/motor of the unit...but the fill valves for the portables I have seen are screw on fittings like a washer hose while the built ins take the type of system that screws into the inside of the valve fitting...you will just need to see what type of modifications will be needed to make the hose system fit....:cool:



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btw, must dishwashers are 24" wide, there is only one 18" wide i know of, its made by frigidaire and to be honest they are not reliable and expensive to repair

 



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Greetings honorable masters!  I have an older Whirlpool Dishwasher (model DU8700XT0) built-in unit.  I have just recently put much expense and effort in getting this unit repaired and humming again (with help from this austere group).  Now it looks like I will be selling the souse and moving to a house without a dishwasher and limited cabinet space.

I am thinking of converting the unit to a portable and taking it with me during the move (and plop some discount new-fangled thingy in its place).  Where / how would I go about converting it to a portable?  Does Whirlpool offer a kit?

Many thanks! :D

Ryan

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I don't know of a conversion kit, but going from portable to built-in would mean stripping the sides and top off the machine, adding insulation (for noise dampening) and then adapting the water fill line and drain hose.



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From a built-in to a portable....Need p/n DWD8C hose assy. about $70.00.... various fittings to connect....... Nipple..about $15.00..... build a cabinet ( wood ) $40.00..... four casters, $25.00..................You would still need a surface protector on the wood...................If you look on Craigs list and test it at the  sellers home, that may be the way to go.............. Building the cabinet for some folks may be not be  easy .........................................

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