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My disposal just humms and I tried to turn the bottom with an allen wrench but it will not spin...I tried to turn the allen wrench in both clockwise and counterclockwise direction.

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Put wooden broomstick in sink opening.
Wedge broom against edge of opening and see if you can unstick the disposal.
You can use a vacuum cleaner hose to help clean out blockage.

I also wrote tips for replacing disposal in worst case:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t6995519-badger_1_2_hp_in_sink

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

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Look on the bottom of garbage dosposal in the center you will see a allen type fiitting. I believe it takes a 5/16 inch allen wrench to fit it.Insert proper size allen wrench and turn it manually back and forth. It sounds to me like you have something in there that that is not allowing it to turn. By using the allen wrench to turn impeller you should be ably to free it up.Sometimes it helps to run very hot water thru it as you are trying to frree it up. If you can get it turning freely with wrench remove wrench and turn disposal on. If it still is not free try above procedure again. If it trys to start and stops buzzimg look closely at bottom of disposal there will be a small red button. This is a reset switch. Push it in and continue trying to free blockage. Hope this helps you. Thanks

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