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greggor36

08:52AM | 02/25/10
Member Since: 07/31/05
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I'm hoping someone can help me with my situation. I am going to be replacing my kitchcen countertop and while we have it removed we're also going to replace our aged dishwasher (this is where my problem begins).

The old dishwasher is ceramic tiled in (about an inch thick with backerboard). I don't think I'll have a problem removing the old dishwasher with the counter being off but when I put the new one in its place the new dishwasher will then be tiled in. When the new dishwasher dies in the future I don't want to have to remove the counter again or dig out the tile around it to remove it. It would be the same situation I am currently in.

So I'm thinking of placing some plywood or other solid surface on the floor in the space where the dishwasher sits then hopefully finding a custom-sized dishwasher that I can just roll into place straight from the tiled floor onto the plywood. This way when it dies in the future I can just wheel it back out. Here's my dilemma though...does anyone make a dishwasher whose maximum height is no more than 33" high? With the plywood being underneath the dishwasher enabling me to wheel it right in I am losing about an inch between the floor and bottom of the countertop.

I hope I explained my situation well enough that someone can help me. Does what I'm asking make any sense? Does anyone know of anybody that sells custom-sized (shorter) dishwashers? I also thought of maybe just going to a drawer dishwasher but then what do I do with all that extra space below it? Does someone also sell the bottom part of a drawer dishwasher to fill in the unused space?

I really hope I explained my situation well enough for someone to help me. I'm open to any and all suggestions or opinions. Thank you!

DanO

08:54AM | 02/26/10
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** The old dishwasher is ceramic tiled in (about an inch thick with backerboard). **

That is a very common problem when people renovate a kitchen without taking the dishwasher into consideration.

** I'm thinking of placing some plywood or other solid surface on the floor in the space where the dishwasher sits **

That is an extremely good idea and should have been done when the floor was installed.

** then hopefully finding a custom-sized dishwasher that I can just roll into place straight from the tiled floor onto the plywood. **

You can always hope but just don't hold your breath. There are few dishwashers out there that require less than the typical 34-3/8" cutout height. The ONLY one I've come across in 10+ years is the model at the following link which says it can be installed into a space only 32-1/4" in height.

- Short Height Dishwasher

LINK > www.appliance411.com/data.php?aj=D5122a&sid=short-dw

I suggest the best route is to prepare the flooring beneath the dishwasher to be the same height as the tile and then permanently raise the counter top so the space will accept a normal height dishwasher. It will save you from the same headache in the future.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Dishwasher

The Appliance Information Site

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greggor36

09:12AM | 02/26/10
Member Since: 07/31/05
22 lifetime posts
Thank you so much for your very helpful input! I agree...I think I may just buy some strips of wood (maybe 3/8"-1/2") and raise the cabinet heights like you suggest. Seems like the best solution for the long term! Thank you again and have a great day!
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