This dishwasher,was installed without being secured,so it slides in and out,with little or no effort. The instructions say to install screws in the top and bottom, or buy side mounts. My question is : How...
Need more info ! hard to answer w/o a photo or even knowing you cabnet or countertop material . If you have a bit of a recess,or can create one, you may be able to go to most any home improvement store and buy common corner or "L" shaped small metal brackets. Very common and in many sizes,Pre-drilled/holes or holes already in them, very inexpensive.
The gasket around the machine door that keeps the water in cannot be compromised by having anything across any part of it`s surface when door is open or closed. The door will hide the brackets when closed if placed properly. The trick is determining how much surface area you have to work with around the gasket/door seal , to the cabinet sides or countertop bottom .This distance determines what size "L" brackets to use.
Slide the machine to where you want it , if it goes to deep into /under the counter or towards the back wall, put pressure treated scrap lumber behind the machine legs on the floor till it`s out to where you like it and the door opens and closes easily. (proper recess) If the cabnets on each side are wood , measure from the gasket to the side of the cabnet.
Is it a tight fit or a little space between the cabnet sides and machine face behind door area? Buy "L" brackets that will screw to the cabnets , cover the gap, but wont touch the door gasket .while resting tightly on the machine face behind door area. The brakets can alway`s be trimmed with a hacksaw or cut off wheel . Get flat head self tapping screws to mount the brackets to the wood cabnet sides. If possible, you may be able to mount to the outside front of the machine, behind the machine door, but outside the door gasket area/ diameter as well . It would give you extra strength but not 100% needed.
You may need to drill small "starter" holes smaller than the self tap thread diameter that are on the screws you puchased , to start the screws in the wood , metal , plastic , ect. Before you drill or mount , do a bracket placement trial run by using tape to hold them where you think they fit/work best . Again make sure the door opens, closes and hides the brackets . The higher up from the floor (closest to the countertop) the brackets are used , the more secure the machine will be ! It won`t flop on it`s face when you open the door to load it or put weight on the opened door.
You can also bring a printed copy of this to your choice of local home improvement store. Matching brackets to the right screws , ect , ect, is easier for them If they understand what you are doing and you find the right employee.
Hope it helped you ! Good Luck !
Jul 06, 2011 |
Frigidaire FDB520RH Builtin Dishwasher