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Garbage disposal: Anyone know where to insert a hex on a Westbrass WasteMaster WM44S?

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From what I see on other disposals, the hex is in the middle of the bottom. Remove the paper tag.

Posted on Jun 06, 2020

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    Vic Bruce Jun 06, 2020

    Thanks for your answer. Usually they are there however I understand now why this model is discontinued. I actually removed the entire disposal, and discovered a coin lodged in the erator. Once removed and cleaned, the unit works fine.



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SOURCE: How to knock out garbage disposal plug

Turn off the power source to the garbage disposal. Take the drain hose from the dishwasher off the connector going to the disposal (if connected). Insert a flat blade screwdriver in the drain hose fitting and tap a few times with a hammer. The plastic plug will pop off inside the garbage disposal. Reach inside from the top of the disposal to retrieve the plastic plug. Sometimes you have to use a little force to tap the plug out. Hope this helps you.

Posted on Apr 08, 2008


David Coomer

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SOURCE: Dishwasher won't drain

remve the drain line connected to the garbage disposal take a flat blade screwdriver insert it into the garbage disposal and hit the end of the screwdriver , the plug will pop out
to verify after hitting it stick the screwdriver back in if it has not removed the plug do it again

Posted on Apr 30, 2008


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SOURCE: garbage disposal (water won't drain out of sink standing water)

There should be an overload button somewhere on the bottom of the disposal motor. This is to prevent the motor from trying to run if the chopping blades are jammed, otherwise the motor would burn up.

First, try to move the blades with something like a broom handle. Using a flashlight you should be able to see the blades. there's probably three of them. try to make sure each one can move even a little bit.

Next, with the disposal switch in the off position, find the overload button and push it in, Then turn on the disposal switch and see if it runs. If the overload button trips off again, repeat the above steps until the blades can turn.

Let me know how this goes. Loringh

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

Joe Hogan

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SOURCE: Removing dishwasher drain plug on a new garbage disposal.

The plug is thin plastic. Use a flat blade screw driver and a hammer to knock it out. I know this sounds primitive but this is how it is done. I have been a plumber for thirty years.

Posted on May 16, 2009


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SOURCE: Resetting Garbage Disposal

should have came with a alen key use it. to loosen the blades that are stuck on the bottom of the gaburator theree should be a hole in the middle. Just fine a alen key that fits in the hole and turn it around and then turn it on should solve your problem

Posted on Jun 07, 2009

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  2. If you find such a hex hole, look for a hex wrench, usually stored in a pouch on or near the disposer. If you don't find one there or have one in your toolbox, you will need to purchase one. Don't use a screwdriver or other tool because it can damage the hex hole.
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When I turn on the garbage disposal, it hums.

It's probably jammed. There should be a hex key stored under the sink with the disposal. It's a 5 or 6 inch long steel bar with a hexagonal shape when viewed from the end. This is often called an "Allen wrench" (that's a brand name). The hex key that came with your disposal would be in a Z shape with the two bends somewhat less sharp than 90 degrees. If you don't have that wrench, you can probably borrow one from your neighbor, or just buy one at the hardware store. Anyway, you insert the key from underneath the disposal into the very center. Turn the it back and forth to make the disposal turn a bit. Remove the key. Then try the switch again. If you have a very hard object (like a spoon) in the disposal it will quickly jam again. If so, you will have to remove the object from above. Good luck.

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I tried the hex wrench, and resetting it, and all the advice I've heard so far, with no luck! Help!

Hi, The motor has gone bad...

Here is a tip that I wrote that will help you to figure out what is going on
with your garbage disposal and why it is not working.

Garbage Disposal Clogged or Jammed


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Have the badger 5. I try pushing the reset button and still wont work. Can I try something else

In the bottom center of the disposer (by where the reset button is). there is a hex shaped hole, where you insert the garbage disposer too, usually attached to the body of the disposer. If the tool is not there, use an Allen wrench, 1/4" I believe, to turn the disposer first counter clockwise to get it loose, and then clock wise to check if it got loose. Some times, you have to insert your hand in the sink hole and remove wherever object is making it stuck. Before you do this, unplug the unit from the wall outlet to avoid possible injury.
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Disposal hums but doesn't rotate. I would like to know where the reset button is so I can see if that is the problem. I've tried turning the inside mechanism but it won't rotate...

There are several things you can check. First make sure the unit is off and check for debris stuck inside the unit. On the bottom of your Disposal is a slot for an allen wrench also most have a reset button here also. First take the allen wrench and turn the unit around several time manually before you do anything else. Now run some water down the unit and see if it will turn on. If it doe not try the allen wrench one more time and do the same as above. Now try the reset button. If this works great because the next step requires you to take the unit off. Let me know if this works before we go to the next step. Hope this helps.

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The blades on my Badger 1 insinkerator don't move. The motor hums when turned on. The reset button stays out when pushed.

You will need to free the blades by inserting the food disposal hex key or a 1/4 Allen Wrench into the very bottom of the disposal in the center. After inserting the wrench you need to turn it all the way in both directions to free what has the blades held up. It may be hard to turn but afterwards pull the debris out from inside the disposal. Hit the reset button and it will work. Do not keep turning it on until you free the blade and then reset.

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