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How to connect a dishwasher

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Difficulty: Beginner

It's easy to connect a dishwasher to your existing sink's water and waste outlets once you know how. Follow our guide to ensure leak-free operation for many years to come.


To achieve a reliable installation, remember to always adhere to manufacturer guidelines, use proper tools, and ensure tight connections. Please engage a registered plumber if you need to change or install new fittings for the installation. 


Step 1


Review manufacturer guidelines and drill routing holes.

Begin by assessing the routing of your dishwasher's inlet and waste hoses. Refer to the manufacturer's guidelines regarding allowable elevations of the hoses and follow them closely during installation. Proper hose routing helps prevent kinks and ensures efficient water flow.

The allocated space for a dishwasher often has a cabinet panel between it and your connections. To allow access, this panel must have routing holes drilled in it. Take your 44mm hole saw and drill two intersecting holes in the cabinet panel for your hoses.


1.1 Hoses to be routed.jpg 1.2 Drilling holes in cabinet panel.jpg 1.3 Holes drilled in cabinet panel.jpg

Step 2


Feed hoses through your holes and install the return bracket.

Push the inlet and waste hose through the holes in the cabinet panel.

Many dishwashers require you to elevate the waste hose before returning it back down and connecting it to your sink S-bend. Install any provided return bracket at the specified height by the manufacturer with the timber screw and drill driver. Clip the waste hose into it.


2.1 Hoses routed through cabinet.jpg 2.2 Attaching Waste hose return.jpg 2.3 Waste hose return fixed in position.jpg


Step 3


Identify connections and connect inlet hose.

Dishwashers have a larger waste hose and a thinner inlet hose. Some models come with two inlet hoses for both hot and cold connections. The inlet hose has a screwed connector, and you'll need to connect it to the small tap located on the rear wall of the cabinet.

Take the inlet hose connector and align it with the tap threads. Ensure it is not misaligned and screw it onto the tap. If your machine has a hot water hose, connect it as above to the hot water tap.

You can use multi-grip pliers if you have difficulty tightening the connector by hand. However, do not overtighten the fitting as you could damage it.


3.1 Identifying connections.jpg 3.2 Mini cock tap.jpg 3.3 Dishwasher inlet hose.jpg 3.4 Screwing on inlet hose.jpg 3.5 Inlet hose attached.jpg


Step 4


Drill out the S-bend trap spigot (if necessary).

The waste hose needs to be connected to your sink's S-bend trap. Most S-bend traps include a barbed spigot that the rubber end of the waste hose pushes onto. If a dishwasher has not been installed previously, drill out this spigot with a 13mm drill bit and your drill driver. Ensure you only drill out the internal blocking wall and do not drill further inside the pipe.


4.1 Waste spigot.jpg 4.2 Dishwasher outlet hose.jpg 4.3 Placing drill bit in spigot.jpg 4.4 Drilling out spigot.jpg


Step 5


Connect the waste hose.

Add your hose clamp onto the rubber fitting of the waste hose. Push the waste hose onto the barbed spigot. Tighten the strap hose clamp with your flathead screwdriver.

Run a cycle on your dishwasher and check for leaks periodically. Tighten the connections if any leaks are found.

You have now successfully connected your dishwasher. 


5.1 Placing strap clamp on waste hose.jpg 5.2 Pushing waste hose onto spigot.jpg 5.3 Tightening hose clamp.jpg 5.4 Hoses connected.jpg





  • 17 - 32mm Stainless steel hose clamp
  • 20mm timber screw.


  • Drill driver
  • 13mm drill bit
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Hole saw kit
  • Multi-grip pliers.


1.1 Hoses to be routed.jpg

1.2 Drilling holes in cabinet panel.jpg

1.3 Holes drilled in cabinet panel.jpg

2.1 Hoses routed through cabinet.jpg

2.2 Attaching Waste hose return.jpg

2.3 Waste hose return fixed in position.jpg

3.1 Identifying connections.jpg

3.2 Mini cock tap.jpg

3.3 Dishwasher inlet hose.jpg

3.4 Screwing on inlet hose.jpg

3.5 Inlet hose attached.jpg

4.1 Waste spigot.jpg

4.2 Dishwasher outlet hose.jpg

4.3 Placing drill bit in spigot.jpg

4.4 Drilling out spigot.jpg

5.1 Placing strap clamp on waste hose.jpg

5.2 Pushing waste hose onto spigot.jpg

5.3 Tightening hose clamp.jpg

5.4 Hoses connected.jpg

4 Replies
Becoming a Leader

Thank you for this post.  @MitchellMc   I found this handy as I've just moved into a home that the dishwasher was removed to update the flooring in the kitchen.  I came in here to see if just maybe someone had made a post on how to connect, and came across your Mitchell...


Many thanks



@MitchellMc   Many thanks.  Moving house and finding loads of things that need doing.  I always come in here, and see if someone has already posted about items I am tackling.. So many times, I have found posts on exactly what I'm needing to do.  Besides wanting to make my own garden shed, out of timber and corro I have discovered a few other things I will need to deal with.  Roof water being another issue.  The house I've purchased has been permitted to let the rain water run off into a sort of pit in the back corner of the yard.  So I've been researching water issues, as I'm not happy with what has been constructed.  I also plan on building my garden shed over the top of said pit, as it's a waste of yard.  


All in good time, sadly these days my head works faster the poor old body.. BUT I give most things a go..

Thanks again Mitchell.

This old gal

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Glad we could assist @Old-gal24.


Let us know if you need further assistance.




Cultivating a Following

Great post @MitchellMc 


Before I had a trap drill (or whenever I can’t find it) I use a piece of 1/2” copper pipe in my drill to make the hole in the trap spigot for the discharge hose. If you don’t have any copper, use a 13mm bit with your drill in reverse to make the hole. 

I always put the hole to route the hoses/wire through the bottom of the cabinet - 125mm of the cabinet side & 60mm off the back to the centre of a 57mm or 70mm hole if the inlet hose has a solenoid. It’s best to route the power cord first, followed by the water/inlet hose and the drain/discharge. Any other order and you will lively have trouble getting them all to fit. 

To finish the job, I recommend installing a washing machine/dishwasher cover plate. This will stop mice from being able to enter the cabinet through the hole where the hoses pass through as well as making it look like a professional has done it. 

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @stackhat,


Thank you for that extra information. I'm sure our readers will find it helpful for their future dishwasher installs.


Were the cover plates you were referring to similar to this Kinetic White Round Cupboard Cover Plate or this Kinetic 295 x 210mm White Flat Self Adhesive Cover Plate?




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