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Dishwasher top is stuck under cabinet

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We had our dishwasher reinstalled yesterday. The door seemed hard to lock. I noticed that the dishwasher was pushed in more on one side. I took the screws out to adjust as I figure this was causing the problem on the lock. When I did this, I pushed on.it too.. Now the top of the dishwasher is stuck underneath the cabinet lip. This is when I realized the diswasher was setting alot lower in the back, I thinking...I just need to lower front legs. NOT. When I took the toe kick off, the front legs are like a inch of touching the floor.

How did the plumber not notice it was so unlevel before installing. Then I screwed up by not paying closer attention to what I was doing. Beside destroying the dishwasher, any feedback..

Sounds like you need to call (post #214513, reply #1 of 4)

Sounds like you need to call the plumber back and get him to fix it.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

What kind of countertop do (post #214513, reply #2 of 4)

What kind of countertop do you have?  Some Laminate counters are only held down by a few screws and they can easily be lifted a quater to a half inch by just loosening up a few screws.  That should fix your problem with the door being stuck and getting it back out of the space.

The dishwasher has adjustable rollers in the rear that should probably have been moved to another of the available slots to get the dishwasher level.

Raise the counter a little on some shims to free the dishwasher, pull it out and adjust the rear wheels, put it back in and finish leveling it.

It kind of sounds like the (post #214513, reply #3 of 4)

It kind of sounds like the rear legs of the DW were on a ledge or block of wood and got pushed off.  Or else they never were adjusted to support the rear.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

You need to get a flashlight (post #214513, reply #4 of 4)

You need to get a flashlight and look back toward the rear of the unit to observe its rear legs.  (Likely they are set forward from the back edge by 4" or so, to provide space for pipes, etc.)

You need to see if they are properly positioned/adjusted, and what they are intended to rest on.  There are several different schemes for them, and often there is some sort of adjustment that can be accessed from the front.

Also, look in-between the rear legs and the front ones, and see what the unit is actually resting on.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville