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I accidently dropped 2 small pieces of metal in my disposal and it stopped running. Now there is a buzzing sound but no movement when i turn it on but one of the blades moves freely by hand.

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Usually there is a small port in the bottom of the disposal on the bottom that you can get a allen wrench in. you can use that to turn the blade plate and free it up. take a shop vac and **** out the metal before you turn it back on. if that doesn't work alot of times you can get some dish soap and pour a ton down there and the soap will help flush the metal through the plates once they are freed up. but i would try and get them out first

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My garbage does not makes humming sound for few seconds but does not rotate blades.

Use a broomstick handle to see if disposal blades rotate freely
If blades are stuck, use broomstick to wedge blades free.

If blades rotate freely, and motor does not turn on, then garbage disposal is broken.
Disposal mechanism cannot be disassembled for repairs.
Disposal will need to be replaced at some point.

I wrote tips for replacing disposal from days when I worked apartment maintenance.

Here are basic disposal parts:
1) Sink basket that connects to sink and is held with 3 screws from below.
2) Disposal body which connects to sink basket using metal ring.
3) Rubber washer between disposal and sink basket.
4) Dishwasher connection at upper part of disposal with a hose.
5) Electric wire from disposal switch connects to disposal near red reset button.
6) Tubular drain pipe connection on side of disposal

In apartment maintenance, we replaced disposal with same size and brand disposal.
That way we didn't have to change out sink basket or move pipes around under the sink.
How to: Disconnect 2 nuts on p-trap and trap falls loose.
Using hammer and screwdriver, rotate steel connector disk that holds disposal to sink basket, and disposal comes off.
Before installing new disposal.
Attach electric wire to new disposal, black wire to black and white to white, and push in red reset button.
Attach dishwasher tube to new disposal. Knock out plug inside dishwasher opening.
Lift new disposal up into place, and attach to old sink basket.
There is a rubber washer between disposal and sink basket, Use new washer.
Connector ring catches at three points, all three have to connect.
You can use bottle jack to lift disposal if you have problem.
Re-assemble tubular pipe.
Image shows direction for connecting new disposal.

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 3 screws that hold sink basket, remove basket and clean sink opening.
Put finger-size roll of plumbers putty around sink opening, and then push new strainer basket into plumbers putty.
Tighten basket from below, wipe away excess putty around sink opening.
Install new disposal as described above.


Tips for tubular pipes:
When taking apart tubular pipes, start at p-trap and take apart as few pieces as needed to do job.
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.
Always slap a good amount all around washer just before pushing washer in place and attaching nut.
Rectorseal will ensure tubular drain pipes won't leak.

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John Lewis mini helicopter gear wheels dropped

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To fix it just squeeze the lower blades towards the gear, I did this by putting a finger on each side of the lower blade next to the shaft and my thumbs against the lower gear so you are squeezing along the shaft. The lower blade will then move down, however if it moves too much it will jam against the main body of the helicopter so you will need to pull it back appart a little so the bottom blades move freely.

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My garbage disposal doesn't turn on, I checked the plug and it works. What do you think is the problem?

Every disposal I've seen or installed has had a RESET button. If there is no sound at all when you switch the unit ON, look/feel around the bottom of the unit for a small button (usually RED). Press the button in, and then try the switch again.

If the unit makes a humming sound when switched on, something is binding the mechanism and preventing the blades from spinning. If this is the case, unplug the unit and then spin it to remove blockage and free the blade mechanism. If the unit came with a large allen wrench, you can insert it in the bottom of the unit and turn it to free the blades. No wrench, no problem. Insert a small piece of pipe, a pipe wrench handle, or (my favotite) a 3/8 or 1/2 inch socket extension bar into the top of unit and turn the blade assembly until it spins freely. Once the blade assembly is freed, the unit should operate normally.

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Disposal blades sounds like metal to metal

Does it stop turning, then shut off? Another words, seizing the engine? Do you have to jar it free before hitting the reset? If so, there is something stuck in there, if not, sounds like it might be time for a new one. Very simple installation...same housing, so you wont have to change the strainer.
If switch operated, make sure the switch is "OFF" and disassemble wiring.
Loosen nut on the drain arm and raise.
simply spin the housing part (new one with come with pictures/direction).
Really is an easy fix and can get a disposal for fairly cheap money (anywhere from $60ish to $hundreds). Depending on usage, a 1/3 horsepower will probably do the trick. !/2 is your best bang for the buck though. Good luck and dont hire a plumber for over $100 when you can do it yourself in 30 minutes.

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You need to purchase a garbage disposal wrench. It has a Tee at the top and extends down to a pivot with a large forked head. Drop this down and turn the blades until they start to move. Remove the wrench, run hot water and turn on your disposal. Both blades should now be free. There also might be a red reset button on the bottom.

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I turned on the wall swithch. there is a buzzing noise but no movement. blades move freely when i hand turn them. i have unpluged the unit from the wall, still no movement

I think you are talking about a disposal. Since the blades move freely and you have actually unplugged it from the wall, feel all around the bottom of it for a reset button. Even if you have removed power, if this button clicks when you push it, it was tripped. Otherwise, my disposal just did the same thing. The type I have only last for 2 years. Mine buzzes and thats all. The motor has gone out. I will have to replace mine. You may as well.

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