Our home garbage disposal is a Kenmore model, recommended to us by our
longtime trusted appliance repair guy. I think it's a 3/4 hp model;
it's certainly a big one.
One thing this disposal does not do that previous Insinkerator models
did well is dispose of chicken bones. The Insinkerators would, in 30
seconds or less, take several chicken drumsticks and flush them and the
disposal would again run quietly.
By contrast, the Kenmore gets rid of MOST of the bone, but has problems
with the cartilage, and the small chips of the bone just rattle around
making noise and getting stuck under the grinders (or whatever the sharp
twirly projections in the disposal are called, that grind the garbage).
Yesterday, I pulled out of the disposal a large heaping handful of
cartilage bits and pulverized and smooth-edged bits of bone, and the
disposal is still making rattling noises.
Is this normal? Understand, the disposal doesn't balk at chicken bones
going into it (we've never ever tried turkey bones) - it smoothly chops
them up in seconds. What it's failing to do is chop up the small pieces
and flush them out.
If this isn't normal, what are some simple fixes/adjustments I might
make to correct this?
Yes, stop putting all that crap in the disposal to begin with.
Disposals are great, but IMO, they should be used for the occasional
scraps of food from washing, prep-work, etc, not the main vehicle for
getting rid of bulk garbage. For example, if I do prep work peeling
vegs, I'll scoop most of it out of the sink and toss it in the trash,
then wash the remaining down the disposal. I think the more stuff
you send down there, the more problems you're asking for, either with
clogged pipes, septic tanks (if u have one), etc.
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the very personification
of thoughtlessness and selfish behavior!
Where do you think all that waste goes, Kuskokwim? It isn't magically
disappeared by sewage fairies. And since that food waste is mixed with
human waste, it's now hazardous material and has to be handled as
such. The United States, Canada and Europe are the biggest consumers
of material in the world, and the largest producers of waste. Common
sense says therefore we're also the ones having the biggest impact on
this planet's environment.
So to trader-of-some-jacks, I suggest the following:
(1) Get a great composting unit. Composters.com is a good place to
start looking...also check out Naturemill.com, a company that makes an
indoor, stink-free composter.
(2) Stop using the disposal. Put all your food waste in the composter.
Put the bones in the trash.
(3) Put some worms in the composter.
(4) Stop spending money on Roto-Rooter having to clean your drains
every year or two.
(5) Have some amazing nutrients for the tomatoes and strawberries
you're going to grown in your new garden. Or for the house plants. Or
to give to the folks next door and make the neighborhood just a bit
Would you rather they WASHED cloth diapers and put all that poo down the
sewer system? That's more work for the treatment plants, plus more water,
phosphate-rich soap effluent, etc. Whereas disposable diapers come from
China and who cares if diaper manufacturing screws up their country.
- Then why are they called a "garbage disposer (or disposal)"?
- You get rid of your garbage with them. I have been doing it for
- have never had a problem.
At the risk of feeding the troll, I really gotta ask why.
My Insinkerator claims to be able handle just about anything up to and
including a small car, but I have no idea why I would want to use it
in that manner.
Let's see...I'm done eating a plate full of corn on the cob, fried
chicken, spare ribs, mashed potatoes and baked beans. Now I've got a
choice of where to dump the remains. I've got this plastic thing with
a 150 square inch opening that requires no electricity or water, and
I've got this motorized thing with a < 9 square inch opening that
comes with a switch and a faucet.
Choice 1 - Tilt plate over 150 sq in opening, maybe scrape with a
fork, put plate in dishwasher.
Choice 2 - Tilt plate, maybe scrape with a fork, turn on switch, turn
on faucet, manuver some bones, cobs and other debris into < 9 sq in,
push it in, manuver some more debris over to the < 9 sq in opening,
push it in, repeat until all debris is gone, rinse out sink, turn off
switch, turn off faucet, put plate in dishwasher.
Please tell me why I would opt for Choice 2?
- I like my sanitation man. I give him some cash at Christmas. I also
- make his job more pleasant by putting the things that will smell to
- heaven if put in the trash down my garbage disposer.
Similiar to the smell of a troll feeding at the trough of a.h.r...
That is about the wisest Christmas gift any homeowner can give, screw
the mailman he's got a govt pension and health care. But the day you
need to haul your hot water heater and ratty old couch out to the
curb, that garbage man will remember your gift.
Not that I have a problem with someone giving the garbage man a xmas
gift, but I pay taxes and fees that include someone hauling off
couches and water heaters. There are certain rules and limitations
but bribes aren't necessary.
No, not really. I did give the crew a 20 once for taking an old sofa,
even thougth it was in their job description.
I don't know about other places, but where I live there are different
crews all the time, so an xmas gift would make no sense, but maybe that
particular crew will remember my house and leave the can in my driveway
instead of dragging it down the block.
Catch more flies with sugar than salt, that's all.
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