When in Doubt, Outsource it

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  November 21, 2011 — 6 Comments

I’ve had an extra dishwasher sitting in my front room for, like, two weeks. Nick and I decided to try to install it ourselves last weekend, but it was over before it even started when we saw that there was baseboard covering the bottom panel. Nick was doubtful of his ability to successfully switch the appliances out anyway, and the extra challenge of removing and reinstalling baseboard was just too much for him to bear. (read all about it here and here)

Well, lucky for us, my sweet sister read that post and talker her handy dandy boyfriend into helping us out. Thank goodness for family, right? Shannon and Josh came over last night to get ‘er done. And to thank Josh I promised not to post any unflattering pictures of him on the internet.

He started by removing the baseboard and shoe moulding. He made it look so quick and effortless that I didn’t even get a picture before he had already moved on to removing the dishwasher panel!

Once he got everything disconnected down below, he removed the screws securing the dishwasher to a strip of wood below the countertop. Oops, looks like Nick and I forgot to run and empty the dishwasher before they came over!

With everything disconnected, Josh started shimmying it outta there.

This seemed like a good time to empty it, something Nick could help with!

Josh had to do some more shimmying and finagling to get it out. I think things were complicated by our unlevel floors. Also, if you’re trying this at home, you may want to have some towels or a shop vac handy. When Josh disconnected the water line we had some leakage and the little stream of water traveled all the way to the dining room before we could get it under control. Once we had all the water on the floor sucked/sopped up, Josh used the shop vac to suck any remaining water from the line.

He eventually got it out, revealing kelly green walls behind (just like the patch of wall revealed when I removed the cabinets in my laundry room). Why anyone would have painted the walls this color is beyond me.

Nick and Josh hauled the new dishwasher in from across the house and Josh got right to work hooking up all the doodads.

With everything hooked up, he just had to slide her on in. There was some drama with getting everything all lined up and level, but we got it worked out.

Here she is all ready to go! And a sink full of dishes just waiting for their chance to give her a test run.

Our baseboards were still bare, though, and that just wouldn’t do. Josh measured and marked them, then took them outside to make some quick cuts.

And reinstalled them with a nail gun. He made it look so easy. Nick and I probably would’ve gotten a divorce over this. Just kidding. Except not really. It would have been a major undertaking for us.

He cut a scrap piece of wood I had in my stash to size and used it to help get a snug fit. Once I paint it white I’m sure it’ll blend right in. Add that to my list of unfinished projects.


The whole operation took about two hours. Nick and I loaded and ran the dishwasher right after they left and are proud to say that our dishes came out 100% cleaner than before. Seriously, they sparkle. Success! I am so, so thankful that Josh and Shannon came over to help us. There were so many little snags throughout the process, like the leaking water line and the unlevel floors, that would have totally just thrown Nick and I for a loop. We might not have even been speaking to each other anymore by the time we got the old dishwasher out, then we probably would’ve been so frustrated we just left a big empty hole instead of taking on the Herculean task of installing the new one. I told Josh he saved our marriage and was only half kidding.

I wanted to take a picture of Shannon and Josh together last night, but Josh said he hadn’t shaved in a week and said I could photograph him working as long as I didn’t show his hairy face. So here’s a picture of them at our wedding two years ago instead.

Aren’t they cute? They’re my DIY guardian angels. Thanks again, Shannon and Josh!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


6 responses to When in Doubt, Outsource it

  1. I love a Handy Man. Typical cajun no shoes.

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap November 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      Lol Grandma, you’re right! He likes to work barefoot I guess. He did have flip flops on when he came over but they got kicked off when it was time to work.

  2. Janet (Country Mouse} November 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    The only thing better than being married to a handy guy is to be related to someone who married one!

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap November 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Lol you’re right, Janet! Lucky for me both my mom and my sister picked men who know their way around power tools.

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