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The plug on the bottom of the garbage desposal is loose and water is coming out

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It sounds like the disposal is rusted out if water comes out the bottom.
Check top and sides to see if water is seeping down from the sink strainer of dishwasher connection.
Check tailpiece to see is drain is leaking.
If disposal is rusted, it has to be replaced.
I wrote ez steps from days I worked apartment maintenance.
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Posted on Apr 17, 2011

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  1. The 2 hoses provided with your dishwasher connect together.
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