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Help me have a countertop dishwasher, fancy faucet edition

I've been itching to have a countertop dishwasher again. The catch? I rent and my kitchen faucet is a pull out model, with the built in sprayer. I have an idea below -- can you let me know if it's feasible (plus any pitfalls to watch out for), and if not, perhaps point me in a better direction? [more inside]
posted by ktkt on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Recommend A Quiet Dishwasher

Our current dishwasher is noisy, and in our greatroom-plan condo, it's far too noisy. We're willing to buy a good one to get the quiet, but we don't know how quiet we need it to be. [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Jul 8, 2014 - 32 answers

Hauling stuff on a car with no roof rack

Is it possible to haul a portable dishwasher strapped on top of a Ford Taurus? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Jun 25, 2014 - 17 answers

Dishwasher does not drain.... help!

I've just bought my first home and moved into my new place (hooray!). I've never had a dishwasher before and as such, I haven't used it once during my first week of living in the new place. This weekend though, I ran the dishwasher for the first time and urgh, once the cycle was finished, I opened the door and the dishwasher was still full of water :( What is the likely cause and can I fix it myself? Also, all appliances in the house were supposed to be in working order.... do I have any leg to stand on in asking the seller about this?
posted by JenThePro on Apr 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Lemi Shine alternative: citric acid? Something else for daily use?

We have hard water in our house, and our dishes are showing it something wicked. It's to the point we'll need to wash with something other than plain dish detergent every wash. Lemi Shine is great (mostly*), but it'll be expensive to run every wash with Lemi Shine. So I looked around and this house-keeping blog tried citric acid with positive results and a significant savings, while this chemistry blog thinks Lemi Shine is citric acid hemihydrate. Is there any concern to buying bulk citric acid or citric acid hemihydrate? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Countertop Dishwasher Isn't Cleaning Dishes

For the past few days, our countertop dishwasher hasn't been working properly. Out of one load, about a third of the dishes look properly clean, a third look like they have just been touched with a little water, and a third look like they weren't even rinsed. Where these three types show up seems to be random. I have cleaned the trap in the bottom of the dishwasher, and made sure the rinse aid compartment is full, and neither has had any effect. What should I try next? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 12, 2014 - 16 answers

Dishwasher questions -- trying to avoid a portable machine

There is a great spot in my small kitchen next to my refrigerator for a dishwasher. I would like to avoid one of those portable ones with wheels that you have to roll out and hook up to the sink. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by mzwz on Jan 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Kitchen appliance anxiety

It's time for another big grown-up milestone: new kitchen appliances. And I'm paralyzed by the thought of making the wrong decisions. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jan 13, 2014 - 33 answers

Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Hell, Drain Hose Edition

It should be a simple thing, but it isn't: How do I clean out the drain hose and drain flap on my Fisher & Paykel dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Nov 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Really, my stove does not need wifi

I'm going to have to replace my kitchen appliances at some point, so I browse the interweb late at night to see what is out there. I'm dismayed at the universality of high-tech interfaces on mid- to high-end appliances, by which I mean panels with LEDs and buttons that beep, and are both fragile and expensive to replace; kosher fridges that I just know will malfunction and leave my food in the dark every Saturday; programming functions on my dishwasher that will require me to go back to school to understand. What other options are out there? [more inside]
posted by Capri on Oct 19, 2013 - 21 answers

Left dirty dishes in dishwasher before month long trip, covered in mold

Ugh, I left a load of dirty dishes in my dishwasher but forgot to run the cycle before a monthlong trip. Now it's full of mold and I'm not exactly sure if it's dangerous and how to clean it up (assuming I can still use the plates). [more inside]
posted by mxmm on Oct 4, 2013 - 21 answers

I need a new dishwasher!

So, it seems my Whirlpool dishwasher has finally bitten the dust - rather than actually washing, it kind of groans for the entire "wash" cycle, without actually, you know, spewing any water onto the dishes and cleaning them. Unfortunately, my local appliance store closed due to the owners retiring, so I can't ask their expert advice. Has anyone here bought a splendid new dishwasher lately? I need recommendations! [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Aug 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Dishwasher repair -- how? And should I?

I have a 7-year old Whirlpool dishwasher (GU2200XTSB to be exact.) I got the 7 clean-light-flash error signal, and was able to clear that (so control panel seems good.) Heating element -- still hot. Water fills? check. But then it just hums when in the past the big chugging washing motion would begin. So it sounds like some kind of pump/motor problem. The water isn't getting pushed around. The little detergent door is opened but the detergent is still there, barely wet. I am pretty handy and have repaired several other major appliances before. so -- 1) how to diagnose pump vs. motor vs. ???? 2) Is this just stupid given the age of the dishwasher? I'd rather pay $50 or $100 than $500, but....
posted by msalt on Aug 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Is my house about to burn down?

I'm scheduled to leave for a much-needed vacation in about two hours, and my dishwasher just died in a hot & smelly way -- is it about to catch fire after I drive away? Sorry - I'm paranoid and in a rush and I need you people to help me think. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 2, 2013 - 21 answers

How to find the best 33-inch dishwasher

After much searching, I found the perfect dishwasher. When the plumber came to install it, he broke the news that it was just slightly too large to fit under the counter. Now that I need to find a new one, what's the least tedious way to search for dishwashers with a specific height (or range of heights)? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Jul 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Any tips for dishwasher repair?

I have a Siemens dishwasher which has suddenly stopped working properly. It doesn't seem to be heating water. I've found plenty of ideas online about what might be wrong. I'm quite handy and would be happy to have a go at fixing it myself, but I'm not sure about the degree of difficulty here. I don't want to risk setting the thing on fire. My question is: have you repaired something like this yourself? Or it is definitely a "call the repairer" situation? I don't like to throw money away on things I can fairly easily do myself (eg in an afternoon), but safety is my first consideration.
posted by rubbish bin night on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me buy a new dishwasher!

Which dishwasher should I pick? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on May 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Cleaning a smelly dishwasher

We have a countertop dishwasher, and absentmindedly left dirty dishes in it for a few days while we were out of town. We ran the dishwasher when we returned, but it still smells funky. How do we clean it, and make sure our dishes are getting clean, too?
posted by ocherdraco on May 4, 2013 - 10 answers

What's strong enough for a man, but made for a .... dishwasher?

My dishwasher stinks! Please advise. [more inside]
posted by Koko on Mar 19, 2013 - 13 answers

So pretty! But do they actually work?

Friends are in the beginning process of thinking about a kitchen remodel, and are wondering if anyone has good or bad things to say about the stoves, fridges, or dishwashers from The Big Chill. [more inside]
posted by rtha on Feb 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Help with simple plumbing question - how tight should it be?

Installing a new dishwasher, and the elbow fitting that connects the hot water hose to the dishwasher ends up facing the wrong direction when tightened as far as it will go by hand. How many more times should I turn it with a wrench? [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Feb 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Dishwasher or hand wash?

Dishwasher vs hand washing -- which is more efficient in this scenario? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Nov 7, 2012 - 43 answers

I put my dishes in the drawer.

What's your opinion of drawer dishwashers? [more inside]
posted by bendy on Aug 5, 2012 - 18 answers

Dishwasher recommendations

Looking for a good dishwasher, stumped by all the weird reviews. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jul 23, 2012 - 36 answers

Your valued dishwasher experience needed.

Dishwasher recommendations please! Two year old Frigidaire just broke (again) and it was as noisy as hell anyway (it was supposed to be a "quiet" model). Wife wants another new one... [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy on May 13, 2012 - 20 answers

I got the dishwasher blues

Dishwasher residue buildup. It isn't mineral buildup. What now? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Jan 29, 2012 - 20 answers

Dishwasher despair - it it the soap, the machine, or the user?

Why the heck is my brand new countertop dishwasher leaving a residue on the dishes? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jan 4, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me install my dishwasher

Help me connect the water supply to my dishwasher. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on Dec 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Dishwasher Loading Debate : Utensil Edition

Which direction should the silverware point when you put it in the dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Nov 25, 2011 - 28 answers

How to stack plates in a dishwasher?

Which way do you put plates into a dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Nov 17, 2011 - 25 answers

Bugs in the air (vent)

Sink air vent invites buggaboos? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Something died in my dishwasher and I need help cleaning it.

Something literally died in my dishwasher. Please help me clean it. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Oct 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Dishwasher won't drain

Should I fix or replace my non-draining dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Today on This Jankety Trailer: Replacing Your Dishwasher

Can you help this complete newbie replace the dishwasher in my broken down old mobile home? The plumbing is, to put it kindly, non-standard, and I'm not sure how to proceed without flooding my dwelling. [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Bosch Dishwasher Drain Noise

I've got a Bosch SHU9915UC/U11 dishwasher that makes a really loud noise a few times during the wash cycle. The noise comes during the draining cycle(s). It's loud and I think I might even hear some grinding noises. It does drain, and there is no water left inside when the cycle is complete, but I could do without all of the extra noise. I've located a replacement pump online, but before I buy I just want to get a few second opinions as to what you think the problem might be. Thanks!
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Apr 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Drano in the dishwasher. Head in my hands.

My husband poured Drano into our dishwasher drain. Are we gonna die? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Jan 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Best unexpected uses for dishwasher?

What are the coolest, most useful, unusual, and unexpected things I can safely wash in a dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Jan 16, 2011 - 39 answers

If you don't use the dishwasher you are going to DIE!!!

Dishwasher vs Washing Dishes By Hand -- Which is better and/or safer? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Jan 6, 2011 - 37 answers

What can I do with a gallon of Biokleeen brand diswasher detergent that just isn't cutting it for us?

What can I do with a gallon of Biokleeen brand diswasher detergent that just isn't cutting it for us? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Nov 11, 2010 - 7 answers

will a portable dishwasher work with low water pressure?

My roommate found a portable dishwasher for sale by one of our neighbours. It's a Beaumark Hotpoint whisper wash and we have 2 concerns: water pressure and expected performance of the unit/brand. [more inside]
posted by adamemanon on Sep 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Re-align my dishwasher!

My son sat on the dishwasher door. It is askew. Can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Sep 8, 2010 - 11 answers

I have a question about dishwashing machines and garbage disposals.

My #@%(! dishwashing machine is about to die, and I'm trying to pick a new one. I have a question about dishwashers and garbage disposals. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 21, 2010 - 9 answers

What did my dishwasher do?

I opened my dishwasher yesterday while it was off (not running and nothing in it), and there was a visible flash (about the size of a baseball?) near the front side by the door, and a sharp bang that seemed like it was a mini-ignition of some sort. No debris was left, and no smell lingered. I tried starting the dishwasher, and it seems to be fine. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jun 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Can I put this in the dishwasher?

Have any of you ever washed clothing in a dishwasher? How'd that turn out? [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Mar 23, 2010 - 33 answers

Why are dishwashers not more common?

Why are dishwashers not more common? [more inside]
posted by abbat on Mar 8, 2010 - 50 answers

How can my friend not have to pay for dishwahser repair?

My friend recently moved into an apartment, and after trying to use her dishwasher has found it doesn't work. She contacted the landlord who will send someone out, but they specify she will have to pay for it if it isn't considered normal wear and tear. How can she respond to the landlord with the least chance of having to pay? [more inside]
posted by DanielDManiel on Feb 20, 2010 - 28 answers

Dishes still dirty

Our dishwasher makes the dishes dirtier. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Feb 13, 2010 - 23 answers

What does the "H" button do on our dishwasher?

We don't have the manual available for the dishwasher in our rented apartment, and it has two mysterious buttons (in addition to other controls that make sense to me). One is labelled "H", the other is labelled 45 (degrees) C. What do they do? [more inside]
posted by hAndrew on Dec 15, 2009 - 7 answers

A hard water rain's gonna fall in my dishwasher.

We have hard water and I've had to pull apart our dishwasher to clean out water deposits and gunk. Is there any way to limit accumulations without buying a water softener? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Nov 28, 2009 - 8 answers

New dishwasher?

Should I replace my dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Oct 19, 2009 - 3 answers

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