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Old 05-19-2007, 10:33 PM
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We have had a plumber wind-up some of the plumbing under the kitchen sink so the dishwasher could be removed.
Here is the scene we found where the dishwasher was.





Measured out from the wall behind, that space has exactly the minimum depth required for installation of a stand-alone or under-the-counter refrigerator we wish to install in there. So we need for that outlet to be set within the wall behind, the normal way, with that cord out of the way. Obviously that would require a bigger hole in the wall. We are assured that the wiring is arranged vertically in the walls.
Do we need to have an electrician to fasten the outlet within the wall? Or could we safely do that ourselves?
The refrigerator has leveler feet. Should we put off its installation until after the floor is changed so there will be flooring in that space?
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:42 PM
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Go get whats called a REMODLE box.

It comes with the templet and proper cover plate.

Cut the hole in the drywall put romex through new box [ breaker off first ] install box per instructions with screw driver, wire plug, screw it in box and install cover plate.

It will look just like a regular single gang plug.

Then turn breaker back on and check voltage.

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Old 05-19-2007, 10:44 PM
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Oh yea , when you cut the romex leave at least 6" sticking out past the box.

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dont use a box.wire the dishwasher direct.take the box off and wire it straight to the dishwasher
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:15 PM
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That box was installed half a$$ed at best, like welder said just get a remodel box with the flip out wings and make sure the power is off before you do anything.
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:18 PM
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tommyr904 - 5/19/2007 10:06 PM

dont use a box.wire the dishwasher direct.take the box off and wire it straight to the dishwasher
Pfffffft! The dishwasher and its manual are going out to the curb as soon as we have the trash pickup service started.
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:23 PM
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Thanks very much for advising me.
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Old 05-20-2007, 08:12 AM
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You can use that wire, obviously they drilled the hole for it between 2 beams just notch out the sheet rock upward from where the wire comes out buy a remodel box and some wire tacks tack the romex on to the inside of the beam screw the box to the stud to the left and your done
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Wonder if the builder was using this as a construction box - and may have forgot to mount it to the wall. Simple fix. Looks like a 15 amp circuit.

I'd install flooring first and grout. Otherwise the dust bunnies ('possum bunnies?!) will be tough to get at!
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:34 PM
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Get an "old Work" box. Install in the wall and then install the rect. in the box. Looks like a pi$$ poor job to me. I don't know electrical code from nothing but I bet that type of wiring ain't right for code either.

I do not like the idea of no flooring under the DW. What happens if the DW leaks, as some are prone to do. The water will run under the cabinets and walss completely unseen, until rot, mold and mildew set in. Install flooring, and then the leak water will run out where you can see it. Having any leak is a bummer but having one you don't know about can be a real bummer.

You getting rid of the DW any how so it makes no difference, unless the fridge thing has an ice maker in it.
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so you gonna be using a lot of paper plates now
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:58 PM
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Captain Sid - 5/20/2007 6:37 PM

so you gonna be using a lot of paper plates now
PFFFFFFFFFFT! No.
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