On Tue, 24 May 2011 04:30:55 -0700 (PDT), jamesgangnc
And not only that: "
If the disposal can't beat the food up enough, the food never gets out
of the disposal, does it? It doesn't clog the pipes below it, iirc,
because it doesnt' get there. You have to turn the switch off, maybe
the breaker too, put your hand in the disposal and pull out the stuff
that isn't chopped up.
False -- IMO, the number one cause of kitchen sink clogs is user error: people
trying to shove too much stuff down the disposal, or stuff that shouldn't be
put down the disposal at all.
False. The food has to be ground up at least to some extent in order to make
it out of the disposal. Without blades at all, the stuff will just stay there
in the disposal.
False. Rust on the blades won't prevent a disposal from working. And "Can you
see any blades?" What nonsense. I've had garbage disposals in nearly every
house or apartment I've lived in, and _never once_ have the blades worn away,
fallen out, been raptured, rusted away, been stolen, or whatever else the
author of this nonsense imagines might happen to cause them to disappear.
If I needed I plumber, I'd hire one of his competitors.
On May 24, 7:45 am, email@example.com (Doug Miller)
re: "False. The food has to be ground up at least to some extent in
order to make it out of the disposal. Without blades at all, the stuff
will just stay there in the disposal. "
No wait - here's a scenario:
The blades on the shredder disk rusted away leaving large gaping holes
in the sides of the disposal and items the size of small cars can make
their way into the drain. It could happen. ;-)
I'll second that bigtime. Just like toilets, people treat disposals like
they are a magic way to make stuff go away. If people would scrape the
plates and cooking pots over the trash first, their disposals would last
a whole lot longer. So what if you have to empty the kitchen trash more
often because SWMBO says it stinks? Better that than replacing the
disposal every couple of years. If you have a garden, most of what you
put down disposal should be going in compost pile anyway.
I had a disposal growing up and in first 3 apartments after being out on
my own. Only time they ever jammed is when I stupidly put something
small and metal near sink, and it jumped in there. (a corollary of
Murphy.) Bought this place almost 6 years ago- no disposal. Adding one
was on my to-do list, but hesitated because I was on septic. I don't
even miss it any more, and at this point, will let next owner worry
With even the cheapest disposals lasting 5-10 years, I'd say it is bunk.
The biggest problem today seems to be the outer housing being made of
plastic, and something poking a hole in it when it gets jammed between the
impellers and the outer housing. Or at least that has been the case in the
last several I have replaced. Today, they range from $40 to $400. And I
think you get what you pay for. And some people leave stuff in there for
days before switching it on, waiting until it won't drain as a sign it needs
emptying. That could create a corrosive environment that would speed up
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