We are having new countertops installed so I removed our old
countertops in the kitchen,along with the sink as we are getting a new
sink also. The garbage disposal is attached to the old sink which is on
our patio. Duh....how do I get the old garbage disposal off of the old
sink so that I can reinstall it on the new sink? It has 3 screws around
it that appear to do nothing more than level it. It seems like its
probably easy to remove it, but by just looking at it, I can't tell
Doug and Patty
Now Marty, the only dumb question is the one that is never asked. ANd since
PJM never asks any questions, he is the dumbest man alive.
However, on to your question:
Loosen the 3 screws a bit, and twist the disposal. SHould come right off.
And don't worry, you arn't going to break anything, so even if you end up
taking out every screw and smashing the old sink with a sledge - the old
disposal will still be good to go for your new sink.
Chances are it's made by Insinkerator and will have a revolving lock ring
below the three screws and above the motor. Rotating that will unlock the
disposal from the bottom of the bracket with the three screws. Then
removing the three screws will unclamp the bracket and sink flange from the
sink. You might want to buy a new sink flange to go with the new sink.
Insinkerator makes , I believe, almost 80 percent of all disposals including
Sears' Kenmore. If you can't find the allen type tool that came with it,
you can buy one at Sears and use it to revolve the lock ring to remove it.
You know, if that is not a really new disposal or at least a top quality
one, now would be a good time to upgrade to a new quiet running model. You
know that two weeks from now the old one will die. :-)
That was my first thought as well, a new , good quality disposal is fairly
inexpensive. I am planning on replacing counters/sink/disposer as well.
The new disposer I looked at is under $200 bucks and is whisper quiet. The
one I have now is 15 years old and sound like a wood chipper!
If your disposal is anything like mine and you still want to keep it,
then you can get it off by turning the large brass ring above the motor.
This ring is about 4 inches in diameter. More than likely, you will need
to use a hammer and screwdriver to turn it, but that is probably the way
it is held on. (Turn the ring counter clockwise).
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