Dishwasher unfastened; does it matter?

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Old 06-15-19, 06:13 PM
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Dishwasher unfastened; does it matter?

My dishwasher is 10 years old. It was installed improperly. It has clips on the top that are supposed to be screwed into the countertop, only it is granite, so the installer glued them in. (I think the clips are supposed to go on the side with granite, yes?) The glue has broken loose. If you slam the door closed, it tilts back; but if you close it carefully it seems fine.

Can I live with it like this, or am I looking at a catastrophic failure somehow?
 
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Old 06-15-19, 06:28 PM
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Those clips are somewhat flexible... so if you would happen to have the room to do it, you could squeeze a shim with some polyurethane sealant between the bottom of the counter and your clips. (See if the dishwasher legs will adjust downward at all to give you more room). Once the adhesive sets up you might be able to put a couple very short 1/4" screws in the clips.
 
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Old 06-15-19, 06:57 PM
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The biggest reason for the clips is so that if someone..... like a child...... leans on the door.... the unit won't fall on them. This can also be a problem with some stoves that can be front heavy when the door is open.
 
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No children. My dog likes to prop herself up on the open door, but we should be stopping her anyhow.

The shims might work, except the existing epoxy glue takes up about a eight of an inch. Any way to safely remove it?
 
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A straight edge razor scraper should do it.
 
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Or a chisel you don't mind dulling a little. Use very a low angle.
 
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The glue chiseled out much easier than I expected.

I was thinking maybe a 1/16" thick piece of wood with an industrial double sided tape on both sides. I think i can depress the clips enough to get it in.

With the heat an humidity it won't be permanent, but the dishwasher won't last much longer anyhow.
 
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You could also just epoxy it again. PC7 or PC11 epoxy comes to mind.
 
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