Monday, March 19, 2012

Dishwasher and sconces

I worked on the dishwasher this weekend.  The house did come with one, but it's tub wall had rusted out and had become a house for mice...not the ideal scenario.  Aaaanyway, I used my couponing prowess to score a highly Consumer Reports rated dishwasher and insisted on attempting the minimal plumbing and electrical.

 As you can see, the stems for the hot water and drain line are not ideally located.  The kludge for this was shifting the install location over a few inches to accommodate and adding a small plank to cover the water shut-off in case of emergencies.

As you can see, I am thrilled.  We performed it's maiden voyage after having Matt's family over for his mother's birthday dinner.  It definitely seemed like magic to open the dishwasher up and have a clean pile of Fiestaware.  Also noteworthy is that there were zero leaks!  I am making the sounds the Kool-Aid pitcher man makes when he bursts through walls: oooooh yeah!

My weekend projects were rounded out by installing some sconces in our bedroom.  I am still a little wary of electrical projects, and I didn't want to mangle the beautiful work my brother John did on the walls in our room so we opted to just plug them in instead of hard wire them to the house circuit.  Immediately before this photo I was muttering something like "does this have to happen right now?"

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