Question about Badger Basket 1905 Round Doll Bassinet
I had this same problem after my wife tried to clean out a fish bowl
(she said she skimed out all of the little pebbles). She still missed
a lot of them and many ended up in the disposal. Anyways it made the
same humming sound when turning it on. This humming noise means
something is jamming it from spinning. The hum is just the sound of
the motor trying to spin (DO NOT LEAVE IT HUMMING FOR A LONG TIME)
HERES HOW TO FIX IT:
-If you have a lot of whatever's causing the jam still in there, I suggest you take out the disposal and flush as much as possible out with water (I had to do this to get majority of the rock pebbles out) while holding it upside down.
-Now you need a decent tool set, get a 3/8" ratchet, 7/16" deep socket, and a 3" extension.
-It's easiest if you put the disposal back in the sink to do this step as it may take some muscle and the sink will hold it in place.
-If you look down into the disposal from the top of the sink you should see a nut in the middle of the disposal (and the 2 silver spinning teeth on the sides).
-The nut in the middle is what you need to get the ratchet on.
-Now just muscle the ratchet clockwise for awhile then counter-clockwise for awhile and repeat if necessary until the rotor spins completely freely. When there is completely no reistance when turning it you are done.
-Pull the ratchet out and try turning on the disposal. If you did the above step correctly then if should turn on like normal.
Congratulations you just saved yourself from calling a plumber!!
Posted on Sep 11, 2008
I had this problem... talked to my plumber buddy, who has encountered this a few times. He solved it after talking to the local service depot for Badger 5. This is easiest if you have two people.
Get under the unit with the hex wrench and insert it into the opening in the bottom. Get someone else to hit the switch, and the start rotating the hex wrench (I think counter-clockwise?). Be careful as the hex wrench may start rotating quickly and fly off at you.
Mine started running within a second or two - if yours doesn't, turn off the switch. You might have a different problem.
My theory here is that even though your garburetor is not jammed with anything, the motor may have stopped at the exact spot where the magnetic field reverses. When you flick the power on, it the rotor is just sitting there, but needs a nudge to get it moving again. Or I may be completely wrong.
Posted on Nov 25, 2008
Mine did this also. I tried the hex wrench and it wasn't stuck. So I assummed the motor brushes were worn and I treated it like a starter motor on a car. You turn on the switch and while it's humming you tap the outside of the motor with a rubber mallot or something handy. Mine started the first tap but it may take more. Like I said I suspect the brushes are worn and will likely happen again until they are changed if they can be changed.
Posted on Dec 10, 2008
Using a hex wrench fixed it for me, thanks guys!
Posted on Jan 18, 2010
Hex wrench on bottom wouldn't turn it. Tried solution # one, but nut was larger than 1/2" and needed 6" extension also. Didn't have either one on hand. Took long rounded metal rod and tapped it gently with rubber hammer on top and sides of the nut to free it. After a few minutes, the unit started spinning.
Posted on Dec 30, 2009
Solution #2 worked...We thought, this is a joke...nope WORKS! Thanks
Posted on Aug 08, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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