Home Maintenance!

Has anyone ever had to replace the rubber gasket / seal that goes inside the door area on a dishwasher before? Like this:

We bought one from this same company (on the video) online and it arrived today.

We had gotten a small puddle of water just outside the lower left hand corner of the dishwasher, and when we inspected that old rubber gasket, it was disintegrated mostly down in that same corner… so we got a new one.

Tonight, after supper, Paul and I attempted to install it. A simple little thing, one would think… right?

It’s been almost an hour and we finally think we may have gotten it in right. We had it all in once but it was backward. Then we got it all in again but there was no mark for the center of the thing so we misjudged the center (you start at the top in the center just behind the latch) and so one end was about an inch too short… and the door would not latch shut. Out it came.

Then we re-watched this video again and it appeared we had shoved the wrong side of the rubber into the groove, so we tried it one more time…

…now remember I am so lame with arthritis that I cannot bend over very far or for longer than a few seconds…

At the end, when it was all in, we had to shut and latch the door and LEAVE IT SHUT FOR SEVERAL HOURS so the rubber will set in its position. Of course, now Paul is out there hand-washing our dinner dishes which he hates to do, and we haven’t sat down yet since supper time ended about an hour ago. And all that bending over and holding the light for him and shoving the rubber into the groove has worn me down to a nub.

I was just wondering if anyone has done this before and how successful were you? Did it solve the leaking problem?

My advice to mothers of teenage ladies would be to marry either an electrician or a plumber… it will sure come in handy down the Road of Life!

Bex

I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals…

They are so placid and self-contained,

I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied… not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

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10 Responses to Home Maintenance!

  1. TopsyTurvy says:

    Sorry to hear that Paul is sick. Hope the doctor can fix him up.

    Did you get your car running, Bex?

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  2. Bex says:

    The dishwasher seems to be working ok now. But Paul is sick! Not sure what it is – he’s due to see his GP in less than an hour from now. He’s been sleeping non-stop for 3 days now…

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  3. Hi Bex,
    Is everything secure and safe and sound now?

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  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    Eric, “Lefty, Loosy. Righty, Tighty.”

    Bex, when our dishwasher started leaking that’s what we thought had happened. We knew that the gasketing wasn’t sealing in one spot. We were able to get around for the most part, but when the dishwasher finally went it went in a big way, with the water input connector springing a leak right where you can’t get at anything due to a piece molded onto the dishwasher.

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  5. WendyNC says:

    Funny how it’s never as easy to do such things at home as it appears on the videos when done by an someone who does it all the time. But hey, you got it done! Here’s hoping it completely solves the problem and lasts for a really long time.

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  6. Eric Mayer says:

    It sure is useful to be handy around the house, as I can attest from a lifetime of barely being able to install a light bulb properly. To be honest, every time I have to loosen or tighten a screw I need to ask Mary which way to turn the screwdriver. So, no, I wouldn’t know anything about fixing a dish washer, even if I had one. In this house I am the dish washer.

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  7. Bonnie says:

    We have no dishwasher and Wil in retirement has insisted on doing dishes. Stop him? You got to be kidding.

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  8. sandy freel says:

    WOW..glad it is done and I hope it works for many more years

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  9. Hi Bex,

    No experience here with that but did put in a new gasket in a washing machine with hubby’s former years ago. It wasn’t as difficult as what you and Paul did though.

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  10. You are so right Bex, I had it all mapped out, just exactly what skills my future sons-in-laws HAD to have. Alas, my daughters are the keepers of their own hearts. We didn’t do too badly, both sons-in-laws are handy fellows, into renovating. They are good in an emergency, for the day-to-day we are on our own.

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