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Dishwasher Issue

Hopefully somebody is able to offer some help of how to fix this.

I'll try to explain what's happening. I replaced my dishwasher < 4 years ago. My old one had a button near the handle that releases the lock to allow it to open. The current one I had just has a handle that you have to pull with a bit of force to unlock it.

The issue i'm having is that the top of the dish washer has started to tilt forward now whenever I open it (because of the force needed to unlock it) and also whenever i pull out a tray (i guess the weight of dishes). This is now causing the cabinet trim around the dishwasher to start ripping / peeling. Is this normal for this to happen in < 4 years, or ever at all???

Is this a simple DIY i can fix? The dishwasher was replaced by a general contractor. Hoping I can save a bit by fixing this myself.

Added some additional pics to show how it's installed and the issue:

Position of dishwasher installed:
[IMG]http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c316/ ... ao6qko.jpg[/IMG]

Right side showing the 2 screws holding it in (screw goes directly into trim i think):
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Left side showing the 2 screws holding it in (there is a black rubber thing between dishwasher and the wall of the cabinet beside it. I pulled back the black rubber, and I see the screws doing directly into the cabinet trim/wall)
[IMG]http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c316/ ... 7nebuj.jpg[/IMG]

Top of dishwasher / gap between countertop:
[IMG]http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c316/ ... 47xtah.jpg[/IMG]

Close up of the top screw on the left side against cabinet wall:
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Close up of the top screw on the right side where I'm having the ripping / peeling issue:
[IMG]http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c316/ ... risazd.jpg[/IMG]
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Need a better pic and the dishwasher shouldn't be moving at all. I suspect maybe the contractor didn't install/secure the DW properly.
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+1 Dishwashers usually have 2 tabs at the top that mount under the counter. Make sure they have screws in them and the screws are tight.
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smacd wrote: +1 Dishwashers usually have 2 tabs at the top that mount under the counter. Make sure they have screws in them and the screws are tight.
Most dishwashers also have the option of securing from the side. This is typical for when stone counters are present
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Toronto
If you have a laminate countertop, use the tabs at the top of the DW to screw into the underside of the countertop, as others have already mentioned. This should add more stability. If the screws on the sides aren't securing as well anymore, the installer may have used screws that are too short. Replace with longer screws, which should hold better as there's more particleboard/wood to grab on to.
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Nov 10, 2003
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Do you have a stone counter? If not, there should be two retaining latches at the top of the dishwasher where you can screw the dishwasher into the underside of the counter to prevent the machine from tipping over. If it is a stone counter, I suggest you remove the trim and see if the contractor screwed the two side retaining latches to the cabinet - there should be one latch on each side of the dishwasher near the top. If the contractor did not put screws in and only added the trim to prevent the dishwasher from tipping, secure the washer accordingly and replace the trim. If it's already screwed in, as mentioned earlier, use longer screws or consider changing it to a bolt which would go through the cabinet.
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it's a stone counter so there are no latches up top. Do I need to remove the existing screw and put in a longer screw? Or do I just add additional screws on both sides? Are there specific screws / lengths I need to use? The side of the trim I showed in the pic is about 4.5cm. The other side is about 2.5cm since it's the side wall of a cabinet
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If you use longer screws be sure not to drill into any drawers etc on the other side
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Elva, can we get some better pics? One so we can see how the dishwasher is positioned, one with a close up of the screws and potentially one with the trim removed. My concern is you're referring to screws holding the trim versus securing the dishwasher.
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added a few additional pics. Those 4 screws are the only screws I see anywhere. Not sure which trim you were referring to, to try and remove?
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Assuming that there is a metal piece at the top/front of the DW that is designed to screw into wood......Get a piece of wood that fits between the top of the DW and the countertop. Use some some PL Premium to glue it to the countertop. Screw in a couple of screws through the metal piece.
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JWL wrote: Assuming that there is a metal piece at the top/front of the DW that is designed to screw into wood......Get a piece of wood that fits between the top of the DW and the countertop. Use some some PL Premium to glue it to the countertop. Screw in a couple of screws through the metal piece.
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