I had an idea today about installing a second garbage disposal in my
kitchen, so I'd have one in either basin. It'd be swell for the way I use
This is something I haven't seen before. Aside from the obvious drawback
(higher cost), is there any reason this would be a bad idea?
running one could possibly push garbage into the other when not being used,
or even just into the other's drain tube, and could then dry and get clogged
not supposed to be good idea to run hot water through garbage disposals,
prematurely ages them (though hot water drained from dishwashers is often
routed through garbage disposals), you won't have a nongarbage disposal side
to run hot water through
more danger, more possibility for accident
running both at the same time could overwhelm your drain if you had a lot of
water in both sinks, unless they could be wired on one switch which would
turn one or the other on, but not both
some say draining a dishwasher through a garbage disposal makes it stay
cleaner, you'd have to y the dishwasher drain into both garbage disposals if
you wanted that arrangement
dishwasher drains into garbage disposals, if garbage disposals aren't kept
clean and drain line from dishwasher gets clogged up, dishwasher might not
drain properly etc., with two garbage disposals, you doublt the possibility
Maybe, but the intended function of a disposer is to grind up SMALL bits
of food washed off kitchenware, NOT to be stuffed full of potato
peelings, corncobs and other detrius by a lazy cook. That stuff properly
belongs in the kitchen garbage can, and it usually takes less time to
grab it and toss it in the can than it does for the disposal to get rid
of it, 'eh. If more folks used disposers properly they'd last longer and
clog less frequently.
Aw, c'mon, pray tell us what parts of the disposal can get "aged" by hot
water? even the rotating seals are carbon on ceramic, so what's a few
more degrees of temperature going to do to a disposal? Is everyone with
a single sink and a disposal supposed to only wash stuff in it with cold
(though hot water drained from dishwashers is often
So maybe using the same reasoning we should legislate that no household
can own more than one automobile?
What does "overwhelm" mean in this sense? Surely there's not enough
pressure created by a disposal to burst the drain pipes, is there?
Just about any disposal manufacturer will tell you that their disposals will
handle all of this just fine, and will have no problem with most bones or
chicken carcasses either. If you check with your local solid waste disposal
agency (garbage collection company) you will find that they are making
efforts to reduce food waste in landfills.
The best thing to do is to save most of your food scraps for a compost bin.
In general terms, composting any leftover vegetables, fruits, etc, is easy
to do, and can be mixed in with your lawn clippings and leaves in your
compost bin. Or you can get a worm bin and compost other things too. Don't
cook more meat than you plan to eat, and give the scraps to your dogs or
pigs. You can throw away the dried bones, or use them for soup first.
Some things, such as egg shells, should never go into a disposal, because
they clog up things at the treatment plants. But most of the things
mentioned can go into a disposal with little trouble. It's best to minimize
food waste in the first place, and then compost as much as possible of
what's left. More progressive cities have a food scrap recycling program
too. But if you are going to dispose of those things in another way, check
with your local agencies to see what they prefer. If they are like mine,
they will tell you to use the disposal over the garbage can for
environmental reasons when it comes to some items. They will probably also
tell you to save your oils and fats in a jar and where you can take them
too. And they will tell you to avoid putting some things in the disposal if
at all possible.
A good general rule is to put nothing in the disposal or landfill, but it
may not be practical.
I once had a disposal pump water up the vent pipe and onto the roof
of a one story house because of a clogged up drain. I do not see
how you could get enough pressure to damage drain pipes when the
drains are properly vented.
I am TERRIBLY cruel to my cat. I tease him with a vine tendril
until he either jumps up in the air to bat at it or zooms around
It could be done, but your going to complicate the under the sink plumbing a
bunch depending on your layout. Biggest deal would be a lot less free room
Why not get a commercial man eater with the 6 inch maw? I have connected 15
hp 3 phase garbage disposals for commercial kitchens. You sure would not
need two of them.
Kosher kitchen perhaps?
I'm half way through reading this book, having purchased it when we went
to hear the author lecture on it last Sunday night:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)03902639/sr=2-2/ref=pd_ka_b_2_2/103-5199975-0967818
Some of the modifications ultra observant jews do to their kitchens
(like installing dual dishwashers)are pretty far out. And, things like
microwave ovens and Teflon coated cookware weren't exactly commnplace a
few thousand years ago when those rules were first commanded and codified.
There's no fundamental technical reason why you can't install dual
disposals, and it shouldn't be very difficult either as long as the
drain holes in the two sinks are far apart so that there's clearance for
the bodies of the two disposals.
Depending on whether you're using existing wiring, if you get big ballsy
disposals, you might not be able to run them both at once without
tripping a circuit breaker. But, you could easily add a three way switch
to direct the electric power to only one disposal at a time to get
Had one once; unnecessary, never again.
Keep a used milk carton/container near sink and put 'non meat' leftovers
such as peelings, carrot tops, corn husks etc. in it.
When full, fold over and stick on a clothes pin to keep closed. Every few
days, no matter the weather, toss filled container onto compost heap.
Occasionally when outside shake out contents of carton/s onto compost and
chuck the now empty waxed paper milk carton into the burning barrel. Every
few weeks/months burn contents of barrel including other semi confidential
material, not that there re IS anything of interest in MY garbage! Taking
note of wind direction and/or washing on neighbours clothes lines!
Result; a small amount of ash and excellent garden compost next season!
And, provide you do not burn anything toxic and your compost is NOT used for
growing edible vegetables the ash can often be added to the much larger
quantity of compost. The presence of all those live worms that you found
around the garden and have previously put in the compost, crawling and
multiplying while they make good earth, will testify that the compost is
healthy and suitable for growing shrubs, trees and flowers!
I find that one uses two litres (that's approx a quart to the metrically
challenged among us) of milk, at about the same rate as usable compost
material accumulates. I'm a retired senior and cook for only myself.
Jeff is correct; since one litre is 2.11 PINTS (not quarts).
Then two litres = 4.22 pints which is a bit over two quarts!
I stand corrected; for trying to be smart without checking first! :-(
Seasonable greetings. Terry.
Why not? They make window boxes for plants, just covert one to be your own
window ledge compost heap. Fresh compost available no matter what floor you
Only $19.95 . . .but wait. there's more . . . . . .
That sounds dangerous. Is it code?
My disposal is socketed, not hardwired, which is my preference for safety.
If I stick with 5-20 sockets, this Edison circuit could concievably put 240v
across one of them. If I use 6-20 plugs, someone someday might think it's
OK to put 240v across a 120v disposal motor. Either way, not good.
At any rate, responses in this thread have been enlightening.
The only difference is that only one neutral wire is used, instead of
two. You still use the same socket, just break the tie bar between the
two hots in the socket.
Using a tied breaker will make it obvious what is going on, as well as
safer, with one breaker to shut off both disposals.
On Fri, 24 Dec 2004 03:02:14 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott) wrote:
I had thought of this. Since I haven't redone my kitchen yet, I mostly have
been thinking about which of the two basins would get the disposal. The
Basic Sink 19" x 18", 12" deep. Or the Smaller Task Sink 13" x 18", 8"
deep. Since I only have one window, and the kitchen isn't all that large,
my plan is to put both of these on a 45" sink base as far apart as
possible. Then two faucets.
Don <donwiss at panix.com>.
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