Installing under-sink garbage disposer in daughters old (1912) home. Runni
ng a new 20 amp circuit from down below (basement)is no problem. Placing a
switch is a problem. Her back splash is ceramic tile and I would hate to c
ut into it. Also would be difficult to run a wire from under-sink to the b
ack splash. Are there any remote/automated switch possibilities that are a
pplicable to this situation?
Some of you must have faced this in the past. All comments greatly appreci
My parent's switch used to be in the cabinet below the sink. Open door,
flip switch up, wait, flip switch down, close door.
When I installed a new GD for them, I moved the switch to the wall behind
the sink because I could, but there wasn't anything really that bad about
having it under the sink.
If kids are an issue, a switch inside the sink base cabinet, along with the
proper child-proof safeguards on the cabinet door should suffice. Obviously
this makes the use of the switch a little more cumbersome, but after all,
we must protect our children.
I certainly think parents should do what's reasonable to protect their
kids. (I certainly had my little hand slapped if I reached for the
In this case, however, what DerbyDad03 questions is actually:
What if I'm rooting around in the garbage disposal for my wedding
ring, and my kneebiter scoots in and turns on the disposal?
and the occasional butt whack. I'm glad I did,
I grew up to be a hard working conservative, not
a whiney welfare liberal.
I can easily imagine toddlers finding the
disposal switch, and enjoy the noise it
makes. Also makes Mom scream from the other
If the knee biter turns on the disposal when
you are reaching in, looking for your wedding
ring: No longer need your ring? No finger on
which to place?
'Twere it I that had my hand in the GD, it would be with my knee against
the door behind which was the switch.
In my kitchen, the switch is by itself behind the dish rack. It was placed
there purposely to be slightly inconvenient so as to avoid it ever being
used "by accident".
On Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:00:35 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
Golly Cindy, how often do either of these happen?
My switch is in the same place. I have to lean pretty far to reach it.
Would be inconvenient even if the dishrack were not there. My house was
built by a builder. I should check if all the other houses are the
IIRC, the blueprints are vague about where the electric stuff goes but
maybe electricians already know to mount the switch where it's hard to
We don't have a dish rack, but ours is up on the wall, too.
Frankly, if anything goes into the garbage disposal and needs to be
retrieved, I use a pair of needle-nosed pliers that I keep in the
On Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:55:47 AM UTC-5, Ivan Vegvary wrote:
a switch is a problem. Her back splash is ceramic tile and I would hate to
cut into it. Also would be difficult to run a wire from under-sink to the
back splash. Are there any remote/automated switch possibilities that are
applicable to this situation?
They have pushbutton switches that are made to mount in a hole
in the sink, like where a spray hose, soap dispenser, etc would
go. Not sure exactly how they work, but the electric switch part is
separate, down below, and they use some pneumatic pressure or
similar to work the switch, so there is no danger of shock.
There are also batch type, where the disposal only runs when you
put the cover on it.
The push button switch might work but I've never understood the point of a
batch feed GD. When I run my GD, it's not only for the debris that's
already on the GD, but also for the debris that's in the sink and the
I want an open drain to flush debris into while the GD is running. I don't
want to rinse, cover, run GD, remove cover, etc. Too many steps for such a
simple task as cleaning the sink.
Note: By "open drain" I don't mean wide open so that the wrong stuff can
fall in. My InSinkErator has an excellent, removable baffle that not only
prevents items like utensils from falling in but also is designed to reduce
the noise from the GD.
The point of a batch feed is to simplify wiring and to avoid things that
should not go into the disposal from getting washed in while running.
Like a stray metal bottle cap.
I've had batch feed in two houses over 45 years. Never had the problem
of keeping the sink clean.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.