Mine Is Being Installed, At Last!
After my bout with Home Depot, the installer arrived this morning around 7 AM. This was an older gentleman who took all of five minutes to measure the opening for the dishwasher and then assured me he would get the new one installed.
The only problem might be that since there is some rust on my sink pipes, and he has to disconnect them I might get some leaks there. Since I do have a good plumber, I am not too worried about that at the moment. Hopefully it will be OK, but he did explain it all very clearly to me so I understood, and he did not treat me like an idiot.
Update: It is now 8 AM, the dishwasher is installed. It has run through a test cycle and seems to work perfectly. There was absolutely no problem with the fit. As a matter of fact there is about one quarter inch clearance on either side, so if I had modified the cabinets I would have an inch gap between the dishwasher and the wood. I am SO glad I didn't try to do anything!
This gentleman was originally from Europe where he was a mechanical engineer. This gives him the knowledge and experience to deal with all kinds of installations and he has the background to deal with any issues that might arise. He also is carrying a list of several other service calls he needs to make to fix something that the service guy who came the other day has done. At any rate, I have this gentleman's name and truck number and he told me that if I ever buy another appliance I should specifically ask that he be the deliveryman. What a delight to find a competent, respectful, and efficient worker. That's the kind of thing I really appreciate.
Which reminds me. The carpentry teacher from school who built my run-in shed and the addition to my barn is and always will be at the top of my list for competent, wonderful workmen. As an example, one day when he was here working, my phone rang. He was calling from the back yard to tell me he had to go to the dentist and that he was not deserting the job early. He told me he'd be back later to tidy up and would finish the job the next day. I never would have questioned him but he felt it was his responsibility to tell me. When he brought one of his students he'd hired for the summer to work with him, I made a point of telling the boy that all the carpentry skills he could learn from his teacher were important, but even more important was to learn about responsiblity to the customer. That is the way you create a good business and develop a good customer base. I would recommend my carpenter to anyone without question.
Plans to ride the horses or at least a horse later today when it warms up. For now, I am happy with the dishwasher situation...if the machine will finally go out of test mode and stop beeping.
PS: I have been following the news from Haiti, Makes my dishwasher seem like a trivial matter. But at the same time, it makes me realize how lucky I am to have a home where I can install a dishwasher. More later on this. Right now it is all too overwhelming to comprehend.