What type of saw to use???

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Old 08-08-09, 09:21 AM
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What type of saw to use???

We have a dishwasher that needs to be replaced, but there is not enough clearance on each side to pull it out. On the left side is a cabinet, but on the right side is an wooden insert to fill the space - about 3 inches wide (goes to a corner). WE cannot figure out how to remove this wooden insert - cannot feel any screws or brackets. Please advise.

If it cannot be removed, I figure that we need some type of saw to cut about an inch off the side of the 3 inch wooden insert. Is this possible, if so, what type of saw would we use (portable jigsaw)???

As you can tell - neither I nor hubby know anything about home improvements at all.

If we purchase from Sears or Lowes - will they have the technical expertise to address this issue when installing?

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Old 08-08-09, 09:38 AM
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The panel could be glued or it could be screwed/nailed with the fasteners concealed in some way.

A jig saw would probably work with a "fine tooth for wood" blade but be prepared to sand and so forth behind it.

If you can handle it a hand saw would do a much nicer job and be less prone to getting away from you.Something like a decent quality trim saw or similar.

When you talk to wherever you shop for the machine talk to them in detail about what they will or won't do.Lowe's especially will probably use a subcontractor for the work and there may be leeway on what they might do for you.
 
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Old 08-08-09, 09:38 AM
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Welcome to the forums!! Dishwashers just slide in the cabinet opening. The opening should be somewhere around 24". I can't imagine how the dishwasher was installed in an opening too small. Now, you have to remove the upper two screws holding it to the countertop before it will budge, and you may even have to release the tension on the "feet" screws to get it to come out.
If the big box store has an installation contract with you, then leave it up to them. The blank plate can be removed, but only after the dishwasher is out, so you are in Catch-22.
Maybe you could post a couple of pictures on a site such as photobucket.com and copy/paste the HTML code to your reply post. That way we could see what you see.
 
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