Initially, I turned the disposal on as I put some egg shells and other vegetable scraps down the drain. The disposal started up right away, but after 2 or 3 seconds, it shut off. No noise, nothing. Daughter later said she felt ends of dishcloth in the unit and pulled out a few pieces. Reset button on bottom and unit began to hum, but will not operate properly. Help!!
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Re: Initially, I turned the disposal on as I put some egg...
There is an allen head screw right on the bottom in the center of the disposal. Put the allen wrench in and work it back and forth to free the disposal. Remove what ever you can from the inside. That should do it. It sounds like you're locked up.
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Yes. I am familiar with these.
You or someone will be needing to take a large bucket or some pans and put them under the sink and undo all the pipes and the drains and the garbage disposal.
You will find a plugged up pipe.
I have already unplugged my daughter's about 10 times in the last 10 years.
Usually, the problem is she has put something down the sink she shouldn't have.
Example: Egg shells. Will not wash down. Rough silage: Clogs pipes.
When you get it apart, you will likely identify the product causing the problem.
God bless your efforts.
A garbage disposal can be either installed from scratch or instead of an older disposal.
First of all you need to shop for the disposal that best matches your needs.
For example you should consider whether a noisy disposal would be a problem in your household, what kind of plumbing you have, or if you have kids or not.
Here are some guidelines:
- Choose a motor suitable for your household. There are models with lower or higher horsepower, for smaller households with small amounts of food waste, or larger households with more food waste.
- Consider the features that you need. Like a quieter disposal, or one made of stainless steel, or one that connects to the dishwasher. There is a vast variety of options and prices.
- If you have kids you might want to consider getting a batch feed disposal rather than a continuous feed one. The batch feed disposal is a bit more expensive but it is also safer for kids, as it requires the use of a stopper prior operation. While the continuous feed disposal starts running when you flip the switch on and will continue running a bit also after you switch it off. This can be dangerous if someone drops utensils down the drain or sticks a hand inside the disposal.
- If your plumbing connects to a septic tank you need a disposal made for septic tanks.
After shopping for the right disposal, you need to get hold of these tools you'll be needing for the installation:
- Electrical cord
- Disposer wrench
- Water pump pliers
- Plumber's putty
- Safety supplies: goggles, dust mask, gloves
When you are ready, the first thing to do before installing the new disposal is to turn off power and make sure nobody turns it back on while you work.
Now you can proceed removing the old disposal.
If the old disposal is attached to a dishwasher, loosen and detach the dishwasher hose with a screwdriver.
Then with the wrench unscrew the slip-nut connecting the disposal to the "P" trap waste line, putting a bucket under the trap to catch any waste water sitting at the bottom of the trap.
Remove the old disposal with the screwdriver and take apart the rest of the mounting assembly, including the ring on the sink sleeve, the sink sleeve, the flange, the fiber gasket and the old plumber's putty. Make sure to clean well the sink, the sleeve, the flange and sink opening from old putty and grime before installing the new disposal.
You are now ready to wire your disposal, whether it came with appliance wires attached or if you need to attach them yourself following carefully the manufacturer's instructions (after unscrewing the cover plate beneath the disposal and then screwing it back in).
The next step is installing the drain flange and mounting ring by rolling some plumber's putty between your hands to form a snake about half inch thick and 10 inches long and applying it to the underside of the drain flange. Insert the flange into the drain hole and press down to attach it. You can then snap on the backup ring, fiber gasket and mounting ring.
Use a knife to cut away the extra plumber's putty that will have squeezed out around the flange.
At this point you can place the disposal into the mounting ring making sure that the disposal's outlet is facing the drain pipe connection, and tighten it until it stays in place.
Connect the P-trap, using the hacksaw to cut the discharge pipe to size if too long, and attach it to the outlet of the disposal. Make sure to connect it properly by reading carefully the manufacturer's instructions. If your disposal connects to the dishwasher attach the discharge tube to the disposal as well.
You can now turn the power back on and run cold water into the sink, turning on the disposal to make sure it's working and to check if there are any leaks, and running some food through the disposal to make sure it grinds and disposes properly.
Make sure to mantain your garbage disposal in good shape by avoiding grinding certain items like hard shells from shrimps, crabs or other shellfish, unpopped popcorn kernels and hard bones, by avoiding fibrous or starchy foods like banana peels, celery, potato peels, corn cobs, artichokes, fruit pits and hard seeds like avocados or peaches, onion skins and egg shells, as they create clogs and membranes that will ruin the disposal, and by cutting down big pieces of food into smaller pieces.
It is also best to run cold water while the disposal is on, keeping both water and disposer running for about a minute after the sink is cleared. Cold water helps push food down, avoid overheating of the system and unlike hot water, doesn't melt fat, that would re-solidify as a blockage further down the drain.
Cooking the perfect hard boiled egg can be surprisingly difficult. Start by filling a pot with lukewarm water and placing it over a very low heat. This doesn't need to be the lowest flame setting on your stove top but it should be low. A good comparison is the flame should be as high as you would have it if you were cooking rice. Gently place the uncooked eggs into the water. Pour about a tablespoon of vinegar into the pot. The vinegar will not alter the flavor of your eggs, it will just help the shells peel right off of them when they are ready. Do not cover the pot. Keep an eye on the pot for when it boils. Once the water has come to a rolling boil set your timer for 14 minutes. Once the timer sounds, remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place them in a bowl of cool water. Eggs peel best if they are cold so if you need to peel them right away, do so under a stream of cold water from the faucet. If you can wait, put them in fridge in a closed container so that the sulfur smell doesn't permeate other foods in there. When you're ready to peel them, simply take them out and watch as the shell is removed easily, thanks to the vinegar!
Egg shells not only deter slugs and snails, they also act as a fertilizer. They are especially beneficial to fast growing plants like fennel, peppers, green beans and tomatoes. They deter slugs and snails in much the same way as DE.
How to use:
Rinse shells thoroughly and air dry
Place in bag and crush
Spread crushed shells around bases of plants
Make a Beer Trap
This method seems to be favoured by people I've talked to and in books I've read. The critters fall into the beer and drown - cruel, I know, but it's them or your plants.
How to use:
Bury a recycled pie plate, plastic container in soil so that the brim is level with the soil. Some people just place a saucer in their gardens. Fill with beer to near to top of container. Check trap daily to dispose of pests and refill with beer.
Tired of sharing your vegetable garden with slugs and
snails? Show them who's boss! Use these chemical fee remedies to cut down on
You don't need pestisides to get rid of snails and slugs.
There are natural ways to get them out of your vegetable
Salt, beer and egg shells will do the trick.
First thing in the morning, take you salt shaker with you to the garden.
Not pleasant to watch, but sprinkling salt on the slugs will
Slugs and snails aren't able to walk over crushed egg shells.
Scatter the shells around tomato plants and wherever else
you notice they have been dining.
The next time you open a bottle of beer, open one for the slimy creatures in
Poor the beer into jar lids and place a few around your
plants, flush with the soil.
They are attracted to beer and will walk right into the trap,
drowning before they can escape.
Slugs and snails live under pots and rocks in the garden.
They lay eggs here too.
It is best to not have these or any other decorations
available to them.
Another home of theirs are weeds.
Keep the slug and snail population to a minimum by regularly
Hello Cheryl, There are a couple of possibilities. When the dishwasher drains the dirty water it is a time based function. This leads me to believe it is a blockage or partial blockage in the drain hose. Here is an example. (If your dishwasher drains into your garbage disposal) washing dishes you put scraps into the disposal and forget to turn it on after you are done. The disposal is filled with scraps this restricts the flow of dirty waterfrom the dishwasher. If the flow is restricted less water is being drained per second from the dishwasher. This is why the dishes still looked clean and there was still water in the bottom of the dishwasher. (if your dishwasher drains into a drain pipe) there is blockage or partial blockagein the dishwasher drain hose. if the sink drains slowly the blockage is in the main line Hope this helps Joe Connolly
Are the blades actually turning or is just the motor running? First, turn off the power to the disposal at the circuit breaker. Do not put your hand in until you do this.
If you hear the motor running, but not the blades, then the blades are jammed. On most disposers you can put an allen wrench in an opening under the unit and move the blades. If the blades move freely, then your drain line is probably plugged. If the motor runs, but the blades don't and they will move freely by hand, then the disposal needs repair. If the blades are jammed with food, you can clear the jam with your hand and the allen wrench trick from underneath. Once the disposer is freed up, run cold water down the drain for a few minutes to harden any grease build up inside. Then running the disposer should get rid of the hardened grease. By the way, most disposers have a reset button on the bottom of the motor should your disposer jam and turn off or trip your breaker.
Orange peels, etc. will not harm your disposer. A good way to keep it clear is to put egg shells down it periodically. The shell action will scrape junk off the inside of the disposer.
You can also keep the disposer clean of grease buildup by pouring some baking soda in the disposer followed by a mix of hot water and vinegar.
Hope this helps. If it does, I'd appreciate a 4 thumbs up. Thanks,
The problem should really have nothing to do with potato peels. Even a cheap disposer should have no problem chewing up things much worse than that.
There are two main things that could be causing your problem:
1. Defective disposer or improper installation
2. Improper usage of disposer (more likely)
I've been known to put entire sinkfulls of waste down the diposer (mine is an ancient thing from the 70s), and I've had a clog maybe once. You have to be conscious of the amount of water that's going down with the waste. Ideally, before anything solid at all goes down the drain you should turn the faucet on COLD full blast and then turn on the disposer. The grinding mechanism is so fast that the disposer shreds the solids and blows them into the drain pipe at a very high rate. If there's not enough water down there to get thrown down the drain pipe with the waste that's when a clog happens. So don't turn the disposer on AFTER putting a lot of waste down there and always do it with a full flow of cold water. Feed the disposer gradually with the waste and let it run until it sounds empty.
When done right, the worst clogs can easily be dispatched with a plunger in three or four strokes. With a toilet the best way to it make sure the plunger is sealed good and plunger with short, fast, powerful strokes. When you unclog a disposer, the clog is almost always in the connection where the disposer discharges into the drain pipe because of the funnel effect. When you push the plunger down the water pressure will go up but the waste will compact tighter and resist flow even more. You want to push the plunger down and let it leak until you get it as far down as possible, then let it form a good seal and give a powerful upward stroke. That'll create strong suction and pull the clump of waste particles back, where they'll mix with the excess water and go right down the drain. If you don't have a plunger, you'll find that for some reason a soda can will work in a pinch.
# Regularly remove any hairs that get trapped in the waste plug hole. # Keep small objects such as combs, medicine bottles and toilet rolls away from places where they could accidentally fall into the toilet. # Regularly flush the wash basin and bath or shower pipe work with hot water and a disinfectant to clear soap residue and prevent build up over time. # Don’t flush away large and disposable items such as sanitary towels, nappies or product wrapping as they can become caught in the drainage pipe. # Do not dispose of waste food scraps and cuttings down the kitchen sink. These are much better composted. If any items do fall into the sink pull the vegetable material out of the plug hole, do not try to poke through as you could impact the blockage making it harder to remove. # Never dispose of cooking fats down the drain system. As they hit cold water they will solidify. If there is absolutely no alternative you should dilute and emulsify the fats by mixing them with hot water and of detergent. Keep the water running for a minute after you have done this to keep a clear water flow. # For complete peace of mind, particularly if you are running a business you can request a regular drain surveys and get your drainage system checked regularly by a CCTV drain inspection service. This will give early warning of any potential blockages and also enables you to keep an eye on the structural condition of the drainage pipe work.