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What to do in place of dishwasher?

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Dishaster Tue 18-Feb-14 13:21:29

I have had disaster after disaster with plumbing in my house. My washing machine broke recently, so replaced it. However I think it was installed badly and there is a slow leak in the waste pipe (installation guys joined two pipes together as it's next to the dishwasher). It feeds off the cold water pipe, as does the dishwasher, so has a double plastic joint connected to the cold water pipe. This leaks and I need a tub under it to collect water. The waste pipe from the dishwasher is also two pipes connected, it leaks.

You get the drift. I am considering ditching the dishwasher and moving the washer next to the pipe work and connecting it properly to everything. So no shared plastic pipes etc.

Question is it will leave a gap under the counter. With some ugly ripped Lino etc. What can I do with the space? I'd like to use it as storage, access to sockets that are there and currently covered. Would a door somehow be an option?

SweetPeaPods Tue 18-Feb-14 13:25:19

Will you not miss the dishwasher?
How often do you use it?
Could you get a decent plumber in to sort it all out?

AcrylicPlexiglass Tue 18-Feb-14 13:36:50

Agree with sweet pea that I would try and consult a good plumber before giving up on the dishwasher. But I would totally flail without my dishwasher.aybe if you love washing up or something it could work!

MrsJohnDeere Tue 18-Feb-14 14:15:02

Another vote for finding a good plumber!

Dishaster Tue 18-Feb-14 14:28:13

We have a good plumber, but the way it is set up just makes it hard. Pipes have had to be at strange angles which I think is why things are leaking.

I'd happily live with out a dishwasher. Dp is not so keen!

BitOutOfPractice Tue 18-Feb-14 14:33:43

Wine fridge. For definite.


Bloodyteenagers Tue 18-Feb-14 14:42:12

What you need is a plumber that can do the job.
T sections don't leak unless the rubber thing inside is worn or if it isn't tightened correctly.
Same with the waste. As long as closed enough and the rubber thing is intact shouldn't leak.

Lots of kitchens have the dishwasher and machine side by side, and don't leak because the person did it correctly.

MichonnesSamuraiSword Tue 18-Feb-14 14:44:38

Extra freezer? Always handy.

Otherwise, you could put a door on it and use it to store stuff. I'd love to have space for bulky things like bread maker, mixer, bulk bought goods etc.

MummytoMog Tue 18-Feb-14 14:44:59

Just get a nice plumber to do some proper push fit/copper pipe work (depending on preference and existing) and you won't have leaks any more. Or do it yourself if you know where your stopcock is. It's not hard.

Lottiedoubtie Tue 18-Feb-14 14:47:30

We have the same set up you describe. It leaked at first.

Then we got a decent plumber.. It doesn't leak now.

No way would I ditch the dishwasher.

Dishaster Tue 18-Feb-14 15:32:24

Love the idea of me wine fridge or extra freezer!

I imagine if I got longer waste hoses, that would solve the issue of two sets of two joined together, so would irradiate that part of it. And a new join for the cold water inlet.

Thanks all!

BitOutOfPractice Tue 18-Feb-14 15:57:37

In all seriousness you can get proper fittings for this. That will service a washing machine and dishie together. Go to a decent plumbers merchant. They will sell you the right fitting and you can do it yourself.

As much as I love wine. I couldn't ditch my dishwasher.

Pannacotta Tue 18-Feb-14 16:00:45

Another vote for proper plumber, perhaps try a repairs specialist as they might have more experience with how to remedy the problem.
Don't ditch the dishwasher, this way madness lies....

AliceinWinterWonderland Tue 18-Feb-14 19:40:54

I have a washer and condenser dryer at mine. Used to be a small freezer and washer, but got rid of the small freezer for a large one, so bought the dryer. No dishwasher. Fairy liquid works just as well.

ShoeWhore Tue 18-Feb-14 19:43:11

I'm another one who'd be looking for a new plumber smile

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