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How do you make plates or bowls that are strong enough for everyday food use and you can use in the dishwasher? What material should you use (what kind of clay or other) and what is the process? Can I use my oven to bake the dishes? I want to make my own dishes that are as useable as the ones you find in the store.

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You would want to use CERAMIC clay. The easiest way to make dishes is on a potter's wheel, but could be done with rolling pin and bowl / plate / cup to form. Roll clay anwhere from 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, using flour or cornstarch to prevent sticking to work surface / tools / forms. Lay clay over form and trim off excess clay. As it will be very soft, you may want to leave it uncovered for a day or two so it can dry out and harden to near-leather hard.
You CAN use your oven to fire (bake), and for safe food / dishwasher use, after first firing, glaze with non-lead, non-toxic pottery glaze. *Careful not to get too thick as glaze WILL run during the second firing.
Your local Arts & Crafts / Pottery store should have all you need to make what you want, as well as DIY help on / with all aspects of pottery for even the greenest of beginners.

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While using our garbage disposal this afternoon, it went from grinding to humming. The blades do move freely, but the plate is very loose and tips. Is it possible to tighten the plate?


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Maybe a clever welder could stick it back together, but the problem implies something underneath is rusted out or broken. The main thing is the cutter plate, and if disposal wobbles, it will loosen drain pipes under sink and cause dripping.

I wrote some tips for installing new disposal, and include them here since disposal will be replaced at some point.

When I worked apartment maintenance, we replaced disposal with same brand disposal.
That way we didn't have to change out sink basket.
How to replace disposal:
Disconnect p-trap and tailpiece going into disposal.
Rotate connector disk clockwise that holds disposal to sink basket.
Before installing new disposal.
Attach electric wire to new disposal.
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Push new disposal up into place, and attach to old sink basket with new connector disk.
Use new connector washer.
Re-assemble tubular pipe.

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If this is your home, you want new sink basket that comes with new disposal because it looks shiny and new.
Buy a tub of plumbers putty also.
Remove old sink basket and clean opening.
Put finger-size roll of plumbers putty around sink opening, and then push new strainer basket into plumbers putty.
Make sure there's enough putty that it squeezes up all around sink basket.
Tighten basket from below, wipe away excess putty around sink opening.
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On image above, loosen both upper and lower nuts, trap falls loose, and then work on disposal.
Any tubular drain pipe that gets moved while working under sink needs to be disassembled, cleaned and re-assembled.
Metal pipes have rubber washer >> always use new rubber washers.
Plastic pipes have plastic washers > plastic washers can be cleaned and re-used.
Plastic washers have flat side that goes toward nut, tapered side away from nut.

When reassembling tubular pipe, we use rectorseal on washers and joints.
Apply good amount on washer just before pushing washer in place and attaching nut.
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Badger 5 is about 15 years old and is leaking from the bottom -- from the reset button, the plate on the bottom, and around the electric cord. Can I fix it or does it need replacing?


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Use paper towel at top to see if that area is wet.
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If sink seal is still good, we used to buy same brand disposal and re-attach to same sink basket. That's the quick fix.
If this is inside your home, you probably want to install new sink basket that comes with disposal.

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Clean off old putty on sink. It will chip off easily.
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I had the same problem, it was just humming, then after a few second the on board circuit breaker would cut out. After a little while I could hit the reset button and it would just hum again.

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(doing it installed can potentially cause leaks.)

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