Nothing was technically wrong with it but whenever we'd pull the drawers out to load/unload the dishes, the entire dishwasher would fall forward, like so:
See how the metal pieces on the left and right are sticking out past our granite countertop?
The bracket on the left is simply missing a screw but at some point, the bracket on the right came unstuck from underneath our countertop and wasn't holding our dishwasher in place anymore:
It was annoying but it didn't really bother us too much and we kind of just adapted to the situation knowing that we couldn't fully pull the drawers out or the dishwasher would tip forward. That being said, my boyfriend was in a "let's fix things" mood last night so we took a trip to Home Depot to get some supplies.
We picked up some Extreme Mounting Tape from Scotch (located in the paint aisle by the other tapes) for $6.97, and some screws that fit our bracket for $1.18. We already had the razor blade and Goo Gone on hand so this little fix only cost us $8.15! $8.82 with AZ tax ;)
Sidenote: your screws may be a different size than mine so make sure you double check your screw's size before you assume that the size I got will fit your bracket.
I started the project by spraying a thin layer of Goo Gone on a plate:
Then I unscrewed the unstuck bracket from the bracket that was attached to our dishwasher and placed it sticky side down in the plate of Goo Gone:
I waited about 5 minutes and then I started scraping the adhesive off with a razor blade:
NOTE: scrape AWAY from your body/hands when you're doing this step! I know it looks like I'm scraping towards my body but I wasn't actually scraping anything, I was just posing for the camera so I could show you this step :) Don't risk cutting yourself by scraping the wrong way!
Anyway, after a few minutes of scraping, the adhesive wasn't budging much so I sprayed some more Goo Gone on and let it sit a little longer:
It took a bit of effort to scrape everything off but I got the bracket pretty clean my first round:
I sprayed the remaining adhesive with more Goo Gone and let it sit again:
I scraped the larger chunks off with the razor blade and then I scrubbed the rest of the adhesive with an old sponge to get as much of the old adhesive off of the bracket as I could:
I cut a piece of the mounting tape the same size as my bracket:
And stuck it in place, over the screw hole to prevent the top of the screw from coming up too far in the bracket and scratching my granite:
After I did a dry run of the bracket's placement underneath our countertop, I removed the mounting tape's backing:
I carefully lined my bracket up with the silicone caulk marks that were left from when the bracket was previously installed and pressed it in place to the underside of our countertop. I held it in place for about a minute just to make sure it was secure:
I moved our dishwasher around until the hole in the bracket that was attached to our dishwasher was lined up with the threaded screw hole in the bracket that I had just stuck to the underside of our countertop:
I grabbed one of my screws and screwed the dishwasher's bracket to our countertop's bracket – NOT to the granite itself:
I don't know why but the screw was missing from the other bracket so after I got this one secured, I screwed the dishwasher's bracket into the bracket that was still stuck to our countertop on the other side.
I waited a few minutes and then I gently pulled both drawers out to see if our dishwasher would fall forward. It didn't!
Both brackets are securely stuck in place now which means our dishwasher is no longer "broken"!
I still need to touch up the caulk around the edges of our newly stuck bracket but I wanted to show you how far the screw comes up out of the bracket:
It doesn't stick up very far and doesn't even come close to touching the granite but it could if my screws were a little longer which is why I ran the tape across the entire bracket (including the screw hole) a few steps back :)
Have you ever had this problem with your dishwasher? What causes the brackets to come unglued? Heat and vibrations from the dishwasher?
Psst: for those of you wondering but not asking – we have 3 cm Bianco Antico granite countertops and have a full bullnose edge. This will mean nothing to you until you start to search for granite countertops and people start asking you size, type, and finishing questions :)
Also, I don't know how our builder installed our dishwasher but the brackets we have look like these ones from Granite Grabbers!
Disclaimer: I can't guarantee that your dishwasher will be mounted to your granite in the same way that mine is or that using mounting tape will work for you. Differences in materials and tools used, and your skill level, will yield different results. I cannot be held responsible for a failed mounting attempt or an injury of any kind so proceed with caution and at your own risk. If you don't feel comfortable tackling this project on your own, consult a professional!