The title says it all - how not to drain the dishwasher after a new counter top is installed.
But some people really should be given a prize for ingenuity! Uncle Bob is alive and well, and making his rounds.
In the olden days, the dishwasher used to drain to something called the "air-gap device." There are other names, like vacuum breaker, but it's all the same.
The water would be pushed out of the dishwasher, the air would flow up and out over the counter top and the water would make a tight turn in a crotch in the line and flow into the disposal or drain.
Sometimes water spurts from the AIR-gap device, which it is not supposed to do. Hence the name.
Then in recent years plumbing changed and if there is a nice loop over the disposal the dishwasher can be drained directly into the disposal.
That is usually what happens when kitchens are remodeled and new counter tops are installed.
You can see from this remodel that no hole was drilled through the quartz counter top for the former air-gap device.
Which is fine.
BUT YOU GOTTA CHECK!
Why must it be checked? I already said - Uncle Bob and his rounds!
Imagine my utter and complete surprise when I saw this!
Well, shazam! I've never seen that before!
OK, well, maybe, once or twice, with a couple of zeros behind the number.
But this guy added a special twist!
A shower cap!*
Always thinking ahead, Uncle Bob sees it differently!
To you that might look like an ordinary sandwich bag. To him that is an opportunity to multi-task!
I ran the dishwasher and it did not leak! Wow!
Not exactly certain the purpose of the bag, I am nonetheless impressed, and salute true ingenuity.
I guess he wanted the air AND the water to go into the drain!
It also kind of looks like he shimmed that counter top with a pliers and my protractor from 10th grade geometry class. He also installed the sink, um, interestingly!
Hey, if it works, it works!
I LOVE IT!
My recommendation: the next time you see a new counter top, peeky peeky under the counter to see what they have done with the dishwasher drain. You might be as impressed as I with what you see!
* Why does that remind me of a shower cap? Sometimes when I came home from mowing lawns (I mowed half my neighborhood) I wanted a shower but didn't want to wash my hair again. So I would use my mother's shower cap. Don't tell any of the girls at my junior high school though. I'd be a goner. They think I'm really cool, at least I hope they do, and if they knew I used a shower cap, well, please just don't say anything.
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