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Grabage disposal is jammed. I tried Allen key - it doesnt rotate much but moved it clock and counterclockwise a few times - 10 degree turn in each direction. Makes no difference. Please help!

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If there is a cord plug under the sink for this, then unplug it,otherwise turn off the breaker or remove the fuse for this unit. (double check twice). Once this is done you can use a narrow wooden stick and twirl it inside the cavity to see if a spoon found its way in there. You may also need to remove the discharge connector to see if something jamb in that

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