I'm trying to fit a dishwasher into our kitchen. There is a small gap in a counter top for the hose to go through, and the part of the hose that connects to the tap is too big to fit through... Is there some way I can disconnect and then reattach the fitting?

Here's a photo of two pipes with the fittings I can't get off: dishwasher hose with fittings

Here's a photo of the hole I'm trying to get this pipe through (with the pipe alongside for size):

hole in surface

The irony of this is that I know I did this before as the dishwasher was plumbed in previously, but I can't remember how :(

  • Just enlarge the holes. The fittings are not designed to be removed from the hoses as you can see they are crimped on as part of the manufacturing process. – Michael Karas Dec 22 '15 at 21:10
  • Right, I can do that if necessary. It's not the crimped on fittings I was hoping to remove, it's the screw on clamps - is that the correct word? Are those unremovable too? – David Fraser Dec 22 '15 at 21:10
  • Question.....The bottom side of your counter top is tiled and grouted with ceramic tiles??? – Michael Karas Dec 22 '15 at 21:11
  • No, it's just chipboard. I can cut through it if necessary. But I seem to have got this through before - perhaps it's my imagination – David Fraser Dec 22 '15 at 21:11
  • With regard to my question....the surface I am asking about is the one perpendicular to the panel with the hose notches in it. – Michael Karas Dec 22 '15 at 21:13

Perhaps you can detach the board (assuming it isn't glued but screwed in place), put the pipe in place and re-attach the board over the pipes?

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    That is apparently the thing to do given what I asked above... what I ended up doing was different (see answer below) – David Fraser Dec 24 '15 at 14:30

Rather than trying to remove the board (which should be easy but involved unscrewing things and re-sealing as it goes towards the sink area), I actually just got a Y-connector and plugged the dishwasher in to the same outlet as the washing machine, below the surface. That means I don't have to rescrew the board in case of future changes ...

Of course, given my original question, removing the board was the only option :)


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