Uh, boy, rice down the drain. I doubt the plunger would harm anything.
Rice is not good to put down drains, as you've learned by now. Maybe a
short wooden stick to try and turn the cutters will help, and some
diposals have a spot on the bottom to use a certain type of wrench.
Just dont put too much torque on the unit, as you can inadvertantly
mess with the plumbing/basket etc.. Tom
Better than a spatula & it should work with rice is this little tool-
It's a drain-Stick, by Superior Tool. Less than $5 at your local
Hardware, Home Depot or Lowes. I use mine before the plunger on all
drains. It is plenty flexible to maneuver its way through your
disposal- but it will take some wiggling the first time you do it.
[the pictures don't show it well, but the end is a bunch of plastic
barbs, so it really tears up clogs of grease, gunk & hair]
On 30 Jan 2007 17:48:08 -0800, in alt.home.repair you wrote:
I think you are putting us on, but I'll play.
I would keep the disposal full of water, and turn it on every 4 hours
(except when sleeping) for a couple seconds. Eventually the rice will
soften enough that the disposal will free up. If you leave it on more
than a few seconds, you may have to press the reset button again, but
that's ok if you don't do it very many times.
I'm reluctant to just say wait 24 hours because I have a vague feeling
the rice might get gummy and clog the disposal even when it is soft,
so I thought you should flush away as much as you can when it is soft
enough to turn.
I wouldn't waste my time trying to turn it when it doesn't want to
turn. Dry rice is really strong. Maybe when your sure it is wet, the
wrench would help but by then I think it will run on its own.
I wouldn't call the plumber either.
It's bed time for me now. I guess I should fill the sink with water
before going to bed and try running it the first thing in the
morning. Hope it runs in the morning cus I don't have much time in
the morning to deal with it..
I have been leaving it on more than a few seconds when I ran the
I'll run it once before going to sleep.
As long as the disposable is running, I thunk I have hope to resolve
If the disposal is running without jamming, the problem is now one of
plumbing. From your description, I would guess that a pile of gummy rice is
clogged in the sink trap. You may need to get a friend, plumber, or coal
miner lol, to dismantle it and clean it out
Don't give up yet.............if you have access to shop (wet/dry)
vacuum use it to suck as much rice as possible out of the disposal.
When this whole episode started you had a jammed disposal, now you
have a clogged drain but not a jammed disposal.
My guess is the clog is in the trap just beyond the
disposal.....remove all the junk from beneath the sink, place towels &
a shallow catch basin of some sort under the trap & remove it.
USe the shop vac again to suck any rice out of the plumbing you can
access......put it all back together & give it a try.
In the future if you want to dispose of buggy food; two options ziploc
bag & into the trash OR down the toilet but not more than a typical
toilet load per flush plus flush & get the water flowing & pour the
stuff in. Hold the handle down to maximize the flush.
The key to have your disposal not jam up.......add stuff to it while
it & the water is running, don't feed it too much too fast, let the
water run for enough time after you're done grinding to wash all the
food waste through the trap & on its way.
Encourage both of your male friends to dig into this problem...it
isn't that hard & its a good life skill to have.
This could have happened at 6pm on Thanksgiving........(BTDT) getting
a plumber out to fix something this simple at that time would cost a
bundle. Plus with experience you can clear this problem faster than
waitng for the plumber.
That's so true, about so many repairs.
BTW, has Amanda actually said the jamb is gone. I thought in the past
when she said she was running it, that just meant waiting for it to
start turning, or it moving a bit and then stalling. Who says it is
actually running freely now?
After runnign it when I woke up and it was stillt he same, I didn't do
anything about the disposable today cus I was gone the whole day.
I can rent one, I think. Do I just suck it up via the sink hole, il.e
from the top?
Remove the trap? That's major work for me. I'll take a look but I
doubt that I can do it. Does it need big hand and a lot of strength?
If I can take that apart.....
Thought about using grocery bag but was tried at the time, I just got
home, trying to make put some rice in the rice cooker, and was just
eager to get rid of it this bag of rice. Major mistake in rushing...
Both are in IT and are busy. One one works full time (5-6 days a week
in hardware 3-11 shift) but started a programming job 4hr/day for 5
days a week. He is out of the question.
The other works full time (5 days a week) + in school + married with
one child. He can probably try it later this week but I just asked him
to assemble my inclined excercise bench when it arrives. So I am not
sure whether I should ask him for this since he doesn't live in my
side of town.
Tomorrow, I will try getting the thing you suggested above.
What if I use regular canister vacuum? I can just throw away the bag
afterward instead of a trip to rent the shop vacuum?
I haven't started my day yet. If it is okay to use reglar vac, I'll
try when I get up.
I'd rather buy a shp vacuum and try thi disposal problem. Do they
come in different level wattage for the motor/ horsepower? Which one
should I get (for the power)? Which size?
It will help greatly if I get this info before I leave home in 40
From what I've read so far, you don't have rice in the disposal.
If you look down the drain, do you see rice?
If not, the blockage is beyond the disposal.
It's not hard at all to unscrew the pipe from the bottom
of the disposal and look for a blockage there.
Put a bucket under it before you loosen the pipe.
I looked at my unit and it seems that the drain pipe is attached to
the disposal on the side. I see two big pieces that looked like it
needs a wrnch to unscrew it; they are sitting side way holding the
trap, I think.
I have a short, flat bucket. To unscrew it, I think I need a big
wrench. I'll get one.
I will be back in a few hours.
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On my unit there are rubber flaps covering the entrance to the unit
at the sink drain. They are removeable, just pull on them.
Or just push them aside. Stick your face close, you should be able
to see the cutting blades and all. Use a flashlight if you have to.
Yes, actually mine is on the side too.
Those plastic nuts are usually finger tight.
Give them a try.
A wrench or channel lock pliers will work.
What you are really after is the trap.
It should look like this:
******* *xxx x
* * x x
* * xxx <==== trap
The stars is the disposal.
The x's is the pipe.
The low point in the pipe is the trap,
meant to catch any junk and stop gasses from
making their way back up into the sink.
I am sure that I will see rice once the water is vacuumed out. I just
got hom. Will do that after this post.
I did already this morning. Didn't move.
Got a pipe wrench.
Yes, mine looks that way too but I see a rubber material which I think
is connected tot he silver thing on the top of the sink. Then the pipe
(in your pic is xxx) connected to a piece of short pipe with two disc
which is connected to the pipe going into the wall or somewhere.
I'd better look at it closely again ..
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