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I think I'll treat myself to one with my California income tax refund, which I received yesterday! :grin: My Federal refund is going straight into my savings account.

Anyone have one? Pros and cons? I'm looking at 24-25", not the 18" ones, but also I'd like to know how the customer service was where you bought it. I don't want to get one from Sears (for example) if they make you wait three weeks before sending someone out to look at it if you're having issues.

I've read nightmare reviews on every model, of course, so I know they're like cars, depends on the day of week they were made.
 

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i have a portable dishwasher, 24" GE bought from lowe's. never have had any problems with it at all and it's over two years old now.

i did learn two important things about portable dishwashers --

that you can't have a sprayer on the sink you attach it to to run because the pressure could cause the sprayer hose to burst. i had my sprayer removed/disconnected and a plug installed over that hole.

that over time the "O" rings in the sink faucet can wear unevenly from the extra weight on the faucet, which can cause a slow drip under the sink. the "O" rings can be replaced pretty easily, but a better option is to have an old style little faucet installed where a sprayer used to be -- those old style faucets are smaller than a regular sized kitchen sink faucet and don't swivel. this new little faucet where the sprayer used to be can be used specifically for the portable dishwasher to hook up to.
 

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Crap. For the first time in probably 15 years, I have a stupid sprayer, which I don't even use.

Very, very good info, thanks!
 

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Switching out a kitchen faucet is really easy if you have some basic tools! You can get one for not much $$$ from the big box stores nowadays. Even having to buy an adjustable wrench for a few dollars more would be worth it.
 

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Portable dishwashers?! I'll have to google that. Growing up, we had an Amana that could house a family of 4.

Sounds like a good investment.
 

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Crap. For the first time in probably 15 years, I have a stupid sprayer, which I don't even use.

Very, very good info, thanks!
If you go with that old style faucet installed where the sprayer used to be that would be a good hookup for the portable.

Then since your rolling in tax refund,:grin: you could replace your kitchen faucet with one that has the sprayer in the faucet.....it pulls out when you want to spray or you slide it in and move a little lever and get the regular faucet flow. I put one in two years ago and use it all the time..good pressure for the spray too and it is a single handle style which I like.

Do you have a garbage disposal? I don't like to let any food get into my under the counter dishwasher...less cleaning of the filter that way and since I have a G.D. and a good spray head on the faucet, no food gets in the dishwasher.
 

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I was surprised to find that most portable dishwashers now have some sort of garbage disposals/food choppers inside them.

I don't know about messing with my faucet (the dishwasher will take up my entire refund, if not more). Telling me it's easy to do is like me handing a recipe to someone who can't cook a lick and saying it's simple, just follow the directions! :shock:
 

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but, it really, really is easy to do!!. They make the instructions with pictures. I think for like $89 Home Depot will install it for you though. Maybe you know someone that would do it as a favor for a glass of wine?
 

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I wasn't thinking about you installiing both unless you have done things like that in he past. Plumbing isn't always that easy and there is always the unknown that comes up even on a simple job. Best have someone else do it if it is your first faucet replacement.

As for the connection, I am sure the portable has some kind of adaptor that you put on your aereator at the end of your present faucet. That would be easy.

As for garbage disposer/grinder? Maybe there is such a feature but eventually you will have to cleanout a screen or something. Best to scrape and rinse a bit and have less that can cause problems...JMHO. I haven't disassemble mine in about a year so I guess it is time to check the screen at least. But, I don't put plates and silverware with food on them. Kindof defeats the purpose of dishwasher I know but hey...to each their own.

Good luck. If you have any $$ left over you maybe should buy water and store it?



p.s. As for easy? I have a basin wrench ($10) that without it, removing the old faucet is or can be pain. plus some other select tools and parts....
 

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Got the dishwasher finally (long story) and my landlord's handyman is coming over later this week to take a look at the spray hose situation for me (which, of course, I'll be paying for).
 
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