2004-10-13

Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals are nasty. If they jam, you can be sure they will jam when full of bits of food that you didn’t want. Normally when you need to ‘fix’ a garbage disposal, you only need to free whatever is jamming the rotor. This is often accomplished using the handle of a broom. The idea is to move the rotor with the broom handle and free whatever was obstructing the motion.

If you own the Whirlpool GC2000 that has been jammed by the ingestion of a small aquarium rock, the broom handle method may not work. In that situation you may use a 9/16 inch socket on an extension to turn the rotor. This is a better method than the broom handle because your torque is applied directly to the rotor. Be careful not to over-torque the ratchet or you may destroy the pipe that connects the garbage disposal to the sink drain. In some installations this is all that counteracts the torque you will apply to the rotor.

Do not fear a broken pipe. A 12 inch version can be purchased at Lowe’s for the paltry sum of $2.10. The drive is short and uneventful, but if the only reason you are at home is because your daughter had a fever and a cold, your daughter may not enjoy the ride. In fact, your daughter may not enjoy your lack of attention while you try to unmount, unjam, and reattach the garbage disposal while playing with her. Your sick daughter, if you have one, may want to play in the nasty bits of food you dumped into the garbage can or the plumber’s putty that you had in the garage.

I don’t know this from experience or anything, I was just thinking what if.

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