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    swapping out a kitchen sink garbage disposal

    I read a couple articles and watched a couple youtube videos. anyone do this recently and have a tip or two? I replaced mine over 20 yrs ago so I have a vague memory that it wasn't too bad. the videos show swapping the power cord but I don't remember having to do that - as if it came with the cord. I'm swapping out a Badger 5 cuz it started leaking. I guess a gasket dried out? or maybe it just got tired of chewing on forks?
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    I'd replace it with a P-trap. I'll never have another gd again.
    It was an invitation to dump things down the drain that, if not properly flushed, would set up in the drain
    pipe like concrete.
    Nope, never again.
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    I seem to remember having to attach the power cord. Otherwise, wasn't too bad.

    I did learn what NOT to put down the disposal. So, given the choice, I'd rather have one than not.
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    Most of the flange attachments are interchangleable, so it may be as easy as turning off the power, disconnecting the drain outlet and dishwasher drain inlet, undoing the flange and removing.


    Replace by reversing the steps.

    If you have a dish washer and your are connecting the dish washer drain to the disposal, remember to removed the knock out plug on the disposal first.

    Many houses have hard wiring for disposal instead of plug in style cord, so most these days do not come with the cord attached. You may have to swap cord over from your old disposal if it is a plug in style.
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    thanks guys, that all seems about right and what I'm prepared for.

    Ronno6 - I hear ya, anything can be abused. Wifey is good at loading it up without running it with water then I come along and the thing is not draining. Wife and the kids are good at using the sink as a dumping ground for their used stuff regardless if the drain strain is in place and so I'm often reaching down into it to pull stuff out, like broken plastic spoons and marbles! wtf? wear do marbles come from?
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    Stuff gets down the drain regardless of how I try to keep crap put, thus I'd rather have a disposal that can chop stuff up to little pieces, then see big pieces that I can't get at sent down the drain.

    I agree though, best try to keep stuff out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Most of the flange attachments are interchangleable, so it may be as easy as turning off the power, disconnecting the drain outlet and dishwasher drain inlet, undoing the flange and removing.
    NO THEY ARE NOT! every brand has a different way to mount and are not interchangeable. Buy an Insinkerator the mount is easy to use and it is as good as any thing out there quality wise

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    If you have a dish washer and your are connecting the dish washer drain to the disposal, remember to removed the knock out plug on the disposal first.

    Many houses have hard wiring for disposal instead of plug in style cord, so most these days do not come with the cord attached. You may have to swap cord over from your old disposal if it is a plug in style.
    The rest of this is correct
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    I had to put one in where there wasn't one before it wasn't easy

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    got 'er done, took an hour. Wifey gave me $100 cash and that what's I walked in THD with. Got the 1/3hp instead of the 1/2hp like what we had. Didn't want to go back out to my car to get the debt card. And my alignment can be better. I guess I can loosen the flange and straighten it out. But it's all downstream and it's not leaking. Our dishwasher is tied into the downstream pipe so didn't have to knockout the DW plug. Swapped over the little hardware piece that holds the wire snug against the body at the wire opening. Used wire stripper, small hammer, reg head philips head 10?mm socket on a small twist bat op screwdriver large claw pliers reused the two plastic wire screwcaps. did not have to change out the sink flange, just used what was there. popped off the drain plug while I was down there to check for sediment but the trap was clear. I got the same brand so compatibility wasn't an issue. interesting they didn't include the thin plastic wedge washer that goes on the output tube. just reused what was there but used the new output tube.
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    For those who have (or are thinking of) removing your garbage disposal, check your local plumbung codes first - some communities REQUIRE you to have one (lobbying by the plumbers/manufacturers). IT amy not be an issue if you just do it, but if you sell your house it could be an issue if an inspector catches it and the local code requires one. Personally I hate them; they seem to fail about every three years, and I just don't see the need for one if I put a screen in the sink drain to catch the food bits that could plug up the sewer piping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    got 'er done, took an hour. Wifey gave me $100 cash and that what's I walked in THD with. Got the 1/3hp instead of the 1/2hp like what we had. Didn't want to go back out to my car to get the debt card. And my alignment can be better. I guess I can loosen the flange and straighten it out. But it's all downstream and it's not leaking. Our dishwasher is tied into the downstream pipe so didn't have to knockout the DW plug. Swapped over the little hardware piece that holds the wire snug against the body at the wire opening. Used wire stripper, small hammer, reg head philips head 10?mm socket on a small twist bat op screwdriver large claw pliers reused the two plastic wire screwcaps. did not have to change out the sink flange, just used what was there. popped off the drain plug while I was down there to check for sediment but the trap was clear. I got the same brand so compatibility wasn't an issue. interesting they didn't include the thin plastic wedge washer that goes on the output tube. just reused what was there but used the new output tube.
    I went with the 1 hp wasteking 8000 I think I payed like 1 hundred online. but this thing eats bones

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    ... this thing eats bones
    You've picqued my interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    I went with the 1 hp wasteking 8000 I think I payed like 1 hundred online. but this thing eats bones
    haha nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by plumberroy View Post
    NO THEY ARE NOT! every brand has a different way to mount and are not interchangeable. Buy an Insinkerator the mount is easy to use and it is as good as any thing out there quality wise


    The rest of this is correct
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    I was basing this off my limited experience with this. I recently replaced a bad insinkerator with a badger and the flanges were the same. Last time I did this, I do not recall having to replace flange either. Maybe I just got lucky.
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    Since the bloke from the 'Top Gear' show got fired, maybe he could help you with th installation. He's go some experience with motorized kitchen appliances; it wouldn't take much to adapt this to a kitchen sink:


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    Quote Originally Posted by skidder View Post
    For those who have (or are thinking of) removing your garbage disposal, check your local plumbung codes first - some communities REQUIRE you to have one (lobbying by the plumbers/manufacturers). IT amy not be an issue if you just do it, but if you sell your house it could be an issue if an inspector catches it and the local code requires one. Personally I hate them; they seem to fail about every three years, and I just don't see the need for one if I put a screen in the sink drain to catch the food bits that could plug up the sewer piping.
    helps if you get the stainless steel innards...
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    this what I got but im pretty sure only payed 1 hundred Robot Check

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    Swapping disposers I wonder if the exit pipe is in the same place from one brand to another. This is probably the biggest problem to deal with. I've replaced a couple and don't remember a lot of problems with it.

    But do be careful with what you put in it. I saw one that was killed by trying to put an artichoke through it. And somebody at work killed theirs by putting some other large vegetables through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
    Swapping disposers I wonder if the exit pipe is in the same place from one brand to another. This is probably the biggest problem to deal with. I've replaced a couple and don't remember a lot of problems with it.

    But do be careful with what you put in it. I saw one that was killed by trying to put an artichoke through it. And somebody at work killed theirs by putting some other large vegetables through it.
    and apparently even tho these things can chew up stuff, we should avoid coffee grounds! I did not know that
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    You don't need tips to do this. It's easy. The only mistake I made was forgetting to pop out the seal in the optional vent line
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    If you have a dishwasher, remember to punch out the plug so the hose from the dishwasher feeds the disposal. If you get the same brand you had, the pipes should match up.

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    I've seen Insinkerators grind up everything from wood blocks to golf balls with abandon. Just don't expect a long life if you do it all time.

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    Also check the reset button on the gd before you buy a new one. Sometimes it trips. Thought I burnt out the motor once. Turns out the button had tripped. Much easier fix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    I went with the 1 hp wasteking 8000 I think I payed like 1 hundred online. but this thing eats bones
    Good to know.

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    Discharge line from DW often dumps in above waste disposal, make darn sure that line has a high loop (break suction) to keep a clogged p trap or grinder from back flowing to DW and cause nasty bacteria living in p trap and waste disposal to get to DW.
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