Nothing Simple or Easy

We bought a dishwasher. YAY!

Delivery was scheduled for this past Thursday. Double YAY!

The previous owner told us that he had a dishwasher in the spot until it broke {or was broken, depending on the story}. We were told all we had to do was buy a dishwasher and install it. All the hookups were there. We were good to go.

Thursday comes and so does our dishwasher. We paid for installation because, when it comes to renovations, it’s all about time vs. money. We wanted a dishwasher more than I wanted installation bragging rights.

It was Thursday morning, with my dishwasher sitting just outside my door we learned that things weren’t exactly as they seemed. That “just hooking it up” wasn’t going to be quite that easy. The water return was there but the supply plumbing had been changed. There was no hook-up on the hot water line. The only electric seemed to be in the form of an outlet behind the stove. D’oh! With that, my beautiful new dishwasher was loaded back on the truck to be installed another day and I was left to get the water & electric fixed. That was yesterday’s project.

dishwasher's home

And man what a project it was.

First I must warn you. The kitchen is abysmal. There are plans to completely gut it but not quite yet. We inherited lovely things like tin foil patches. It’s klassy. Ok. Moving on.

I’m not going to go through it step by step but it involved 2 buried boxes, switching a couple things around in the breaker box & running some new wire.




And through the magic of the blog, it looked like this by the end of the day –



Up near the light, it looked like this –



Hidden box #2!


The wiring inside the light switch was all wonky.


So it came out and was redone.


All better!


The plumbing took a little McGyvering but no sweating pipe was required.



By the end of the day, things looked pretty much the same as they did at the beginning with everything was buttoned back up {with fresh tinfoil & duct tape!}. It wasn’t easy but we know how much time & effort went into getting things and feel great about it. {Thanks for all your help, Dad! Couldn’t have done it without you!}

Ready for a dishwasher!!!!!! OMG.I’M.SO.EXCITED. I have never been more excited about doing dishes. Never. It’s truly thrilling. 😀

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8 Responses to Nothing Simple or Easy

  1. You make it seem so easy. 🙂 I understand being willing to do just about anything for a dishwasher!

  2. Quinn says:

    Are those hardwood floors that I see in the last two pictures?

  3. There’s no way the old owner was clueless about those buried boxes, right? Grrr. Not nice, Mr. Previous Owner! Not nice!

  4. Leigh says:

    I can only imagine how frustrated you were when you found out they couldn’t install the dishwasher as planned. I don’t know how I’d live without ours. I’m interested to hear what you think of yours once you’ve used it for awhile. We’re thinking about getting a new dishwasher because ours is so, so loud.

  5. MEA says:

    Where’s the pic of it installed!!! Don’t hold out on me!

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