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Why are we to leave a front-loader clothes washer open, but not the dishwasher?

TL;DR Temperature Dishwashers use hot water, because that's the way to clean dishes. Then they heat up the hot water even more to sanitize the dishes. Food safety requires it. US dishwashers normally ...
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How to check how much water my dishwasher is using?

This is NOT intended use It's way too much water for any intended use. To give you an idea, the last time I saw a $700 bill, it was from a toilet at a rarely-used facility, which had a stuck float. ...
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Installer won't install dishwasher due to "old" stop valve

Capsule summary of the comments: Your old valve should probably be replaced with a new quarter turn ball valve version. Those old valves wear out and break your heart when it really matters. Report ...
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Why does my GFCI outlet trip when I touch it to the wall box?

Shunting white “neutral” to the ground pin “fixed” the humming, and the door felt like an inanimate object… a good thing. NO. Just no. That's called "bootlegging ground". It fixes nothing ...
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Dishwasher plug blocking disposal outlet

Re-wire the outlet so the top one is on the switch instead of the bottom one. Is this even possible, and if so, considering I've never done it before and it's under the kitchen sink without much room, ...
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How to check how much water my dishwasher is using?

First, it's almost certainly not the fault of your dishwasher. A dishwasher has to physically pump the water out of it, and they really only hold enough water to fill the bottom. If it started to ...
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How can I cut a metal pipe while preserving the wires inside?

You have to pull the wire out. Period. What you're looking at here is the conduit wiring method. It's actually a very excellent way to run wiring, but I gather it's completely alien and unfamiliar to ...
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How to check how much water my dishwasher is using?

To just answer your question about how much water your dishwasher uses, unhook the drain tubing for the DW and stick it into a big bucket so you can catch the water as it drains out. You might need ...
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can a dishwasher be installed 17 feet from sink?

You can put the dishwasher wherever you want. You will have to provide it with water and a drain that meets code - and it's not at all likely that you can run 17 feet to join the sink drain while ...
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No ground wire or GFCI for a dishwasher

That metal cladding is a valid ground path, provided it is connected properly to a metal box with either a ground wire from the breaker panel connected to the metal box or the metal box connecting to ...
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Why are we to leave a front-loader clothes washer open, but not the dishwasher?

Certainly washing machine door seals are more prone to mould, but there's another reason to leave the dishwasher door shut: It's perfectly placed for walking into and tripping over, in the kitchen ...
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Brand new dishwasher tripping GFCI breaker

As noted in a comment, you should do a sanity check on the GFCI, just to be sure. Plug in another appliance - toaster, radio, whatever. If that does not trip the GFCI then the problem is the ...
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How can I secure my dishwasher in its opening under a granite countertop?

The solution to your problem is extremely simple. Trust me. :-) The dishwasher right now is setting wrong. You need to push the dishwasher inward for a good 3 or more inches. There is plenty room ...
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Alternative method for connecting sink drain with waste pipe directly under?

Since this is NOT buried in concrete, don't use a glue-together trap at all. Problem the first (apart from what you mention) is that the vent is too close to the trap - it needs to be at least 2 pipe ...
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Best option to install dishwasher in corner and support countertop

I looked at the Bosch installation manual, the 24" width would fit their dishwasher. The clearance from the wall ensures that nothing interferes with opening the door. Walls are not always square,...
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Bosch Dishwasher check water light flashing

In the end, the solution was to tip the dishwasher backwards but at a far greater angle - about 60 degrees. This lead to a small amount of water running onto the floor and the problem was fixed.
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Getting rid of hard wire for dishwasher

Purchase an appliance cord, at least 6' long. Route the power cable from the house for the dishwasher into the the under sink space. Install a electrical box and conventional receptacle on this power ...
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My dishwasher is too short for the counter

Looks like you got about 3.5" to make up. I'd put a couple of 2x4s front to back stacked flat and screwed down where the DW feet go. My wife and I are both tall and when we built our house we ...
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No ground wire or GFCI for a dishwasher

Congratulations on moving to the big city. Now, get familiar with big-city electrical. You'll see a lot of the metal conduit wiring method. This is an industrial-grade wiring system that is required ...
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Installer won't install dishwasher due to "old" stop valve

You should update this valve now that you are in there installing a new dishwasher. The dishwasher purchase, "with installation" correctly does not include updating your plumbing. It is ...
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Diagnosing food particles in dishwasher spray arm

Does the dishwasher rinse the dishes with post-filter grey water? Yes. The dishwasher fills the bottom basin with water (and heats the water to a good bacteria-killing temperature) then pumps the ...
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How can I secure my dishwasher in its opening under a granite countertop?

Some models have holes along the sides of the door opening so that you can attach the dishwasher to the cabinets on either side rather than to the countertop. I can't really tell if that's the case ...
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Dishwasher and disposal wiring on seperate circuits to one yoke and common neutral

This is a mess What you have here is the result of someone who doesn't care about the "no loops" rules in NEC 300.3(B) and 310.10(H). If you feel comfortable replacing both runs of 12/3 and ...
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Dishwasher electrical connection up to code?

For a hardwired appliance, either one of two things are true in order for the connection to comply with Code: The appliance provides a junction box on itself where the field wiring connections can be ...
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How do I get 150F water to the dishwasher?

You don't. Let the dishwasher do it for you. I have read in a maintenance manual that the ideal temperature for incoming water to a dishwasher is 150F. Was it a maintenance manual for your actual ...
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How can I repair a worn and rusting dishwasher rack?

There are products designed specifically for this, like this one: I haven't tried it - I actually have a kit but never got around to it... I definitely would not use tape because if it comes off ...
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Alternative method for connecting sink drain with waste pipe directly under?

Ended up moving the waste pipe in the basement for a cleaner look. Let me know what you guys think.
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How to fix a cabinet toe board which has been damaged?

Dishwashers do not have cabinet toe kick trim in front of them. They carry their own trim. Having the toe kick run across prevents removal for service, unless the entire toe kick strip is removed. ...
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Feasibility Of Kitchen Sink Swap

Any competent plumber can make the transition from the double sink in the pic to a single sink. The garbage disposal (it's not a compactor) will be attached to the single drain and your dishwasher can ...
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Is this flexible pipe supposed to connect the dishwasher to the garbage disposal?

I think you will have to replace the dishwasher drain hose. The end is so scaled up and worn that I think it will be difficult to install it leak-free. But you may as well try. Replacing it will be ...
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