Are You Ready for the Inspector?
This will depend a lot on plumbing codes in your area, but in Seattle, every dishwasher should have an "Air Gap," and Steve Smith describes it better than I can. Mine didn't, and then my inspector of choice decides to have this challenge on Active Rain to write a blog post about what's under your kitchen sink. I'm always game for a little fun and thought my kitchen sink was a little boring. It was then I realized that Charlie would give me a bad time for not having the proper air gap installed.
If you're selling your home, the day is going to come and when the inspector first walks into the kitchen he's going to be looking for that air gap.
My kitchen had a soap dispenser in the suggested air gap location for the type sink we have.
I headed to a home improvement store and found that the better $15 air gaps were sold out, so I had to settle for one that only cost $5.
With a few tools ready I plunged into the job.
Before long, (okay, I had to make another trip to the store for a short piece of hose) the job was done. (Plumbing tasks always take at least two trips to the store).
Charlie would probably find something else wrong under my kitchen sink, but that's okay. He does it with such aplomb you can't help but like him anyway.