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My badger in sink erator has locked up. When I turn the switch on it just hums. I've tried the key but It won't move. Nothing appears to be blocking the blades... Advice?

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There could be a small piece of metal or other object stopping it you can use a large screw driver or other kind o pry bar and press against the grinding teeth in side and try to turnit counter clocki wise. i found a small salad for in mine once by turning it counter clock wise and it pushe it back up so i could see it

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