Replacing disposal with plain drain


I never use my kitchen garbage disposal because I know it's not good to put chunky things down the drain to begin with. Plus, it hasn't worked since I bought the place. Are there reasons not to completely remove the disposal unit and just make it into a regular sink drain? Is it as easy as it sounds?
Thanks for any suggestions...
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Less work to throw a replacement in there, than to fight with getting the drain assembly out of the sink? The mounts and dimensions are damn near universal at this point. If there is a power switch right by the kitchen window, the absence of the disposal will scream out when you sell the place.
Not saying you are wrong about disposals being pretty useless- but they are sort of expected these days. I thought I would miss it when I moved into this no-disposal house 3 years ago, but that hasn't been the case. Even in the apartments, I was careful never to choke the thing, but since this place is on septic, almost everything put water and suds needs to stay out of the drain anyway.
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Like a dishwasher. Last 3 places I've had I've fixed them so they work, ran through a cycle and that was it. Never used it again. For me, I can do them by hand in 5-8 min vs the DW running for 45-90 minutes. By the time I got enough dishes to do a load, any food would be bonded to the dishes at the molecular level. This of course would be after the stink & rot phase.
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The absence of a disposal screams "I don't like having to hire someone to auger out my main drain every 18 months!" Being in the home-buying search right now, I would say if a prospective buyer thinks the absence of a disposal as a deal-killer, you don't want to deal with them in the sale.
That being said, I would recommend replacing the disposal with another. While you shouldn't use it regularly to grind food waste, it does help catch the moderately-sized particles that might otherwise sit in your trap. I find I run the disposal in my sink about once every other day, just to get what's hangin' around.
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Nope. I've done it and it was quite easy.
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On Aug 2, 2:10pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Since you don't really use it (it never worked).... I'd find a used one cheap craigslist & throw it in there.
The time to R&R an similar model is way less than the time to change over the drain setup you've got. Plus then you have a working unit when it comes time to rent or sell.
Less work & better outcome all the way around.
cheers Bob
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On Sat, 2 Aug 2008 14:10:33 -0700 (PDT), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

http://www.hangercity.com/gadisc.html
They make an insert that has a very fine mesh, but I can't find one.
Walmart has one. It is called a sink screen.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote in

As said, it may be less hastle to toss in a replacement. No one says you have to use it. Should you sell:
    Without disposal - "Oh. There's no garbage disposal."     With disposal - no comment at all like electricity and running water.
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productList&N=0&Ntk=i_products&Ntt=In-Sink-Erator
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

1. It is good to put chunky things down the drain. 2. If it hasn't worked, why? A simple jam (which can be fixed with the flip of the wrist) or a burnt out motor? 3. It would be considerably less aggravation, time, and possibly money, to replace the disposal rather than try to plumb around its absence.
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