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How to install a stand-alone dishwasher

Updated March 23, 2017

If you are tired of washing dishes by hand and do not have the wiring or plumbing in place for a built-in automatic dishwasher, consider installing a stand-alone model instead. They are available in various sizes, so you can find one that fits your kitchen. Stand-alone dishwashers are a good choice for people who live in apartments that do not have a built-in model installed.

Clear out a space big enough for the stand-alone dishwasher and its hoses. Make sure you have a flat, level surface where you can place the dishwasher. Small dishwashers can be installed on top of a counter, but larger models should sit on the floor.

Attach one end of the water supply hose to the dishwasher and the other end to the faucet of your kitchen sink, using pliers or an adjustable wrench. Most stand-alone dishwashers come with a special fitting to make this connection. Also buy the part separately from a hardware or plumbing supply store.

Connect one end of the drain hose to the dishwasher and lay the open end in the bottom of the sink.

Plug the dishwasher's power cord into the electrical socket. Run the stand-alone dishwasher through one full cycle without any dishes to test it for leaks and proper drainage.

Things You'll Need

  • Water supply hose
  • Drain hose
  • Pliers or adjustable wrench
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