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MY GARBAGE DISPOSAL IS WORKING BUT THE WATER IS NOT DRAINING. I TRIED THE ALLEN WRENCH BUT DONT HAVE THE CORRECT SIZE. CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT SIZE TO PURCHASE PLEASE

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Use a broomstick handle down inside the disposal to wedge the cutter disk free.
Broomstick works just like allen wrench.

If cutter disk rotates, then clean out the tubular pipe that connects to disposal.
Remove trap under sink, and then remove tailpiece connected to side of disposal.
Clean out disposal.

I wrote tips for working on tubular drain pipes that might help.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r7929008-replace_garbage_disposal

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Posted on May 29, 2011

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