I hate to use the disposal in the summer, during the winter the garbage will
keep outside with out stinking.
In the summer I bag the garbage and refrigate it till, I dispose of it a day
before garbage pickup.
I have a 10 yr old house, with PVC pipe thru out.
My wife usually plugs up the disposal by tring to put too much in at a time,
the last time I had to take the pipes under the sink apart, to clear the
What the best rule of thumb to use when useing the disposal.
Been there, done that. I sometimes freeze chicken bones or other meat remnants
until I'm ready to dump them.
Personally, the only thing that goes down mine is coffee grounds and whatever
falls down into it by accident. I flush it with plenty of cold water while it's
running; mostly for cooling purposes. I like to flush my drain pipes with a lot
of hot water to try to break up any congealed grease that may have collected,
but I never run hot water with the disposal on.
You either have a poor disposal or are not flushing properly, or have a
Run lots of cold water
I like to run the dishwasher last as the extra water and detergent helps
keep the drain clear.
Avoid grinding huge chunks of fat, husks. banana peels, onion skins, similar
The drain design is a question though. In my last house I'd have to clean
the drain twice a year. In this house, not a clog in 22 years. If you have
a long run that has little pitch, you will be buildup.
Tip from two successive repairers: the average garbage disposal is not really
made to handle serious garbage.
Two prime offenders here in New Orleans: shrimp/crawfish shells, artichoke
I would not be at all happy if I had that situation. I use mine all the
time with few if any problems. I suggest that the most likely problem is a
poor quality, builder's special disposal that should be replaced with a good
one that cost only a little more.
I would hate to have to deal with garbage that way.
The disposal is a In sink erator, not sure on the hp probably 1/2-5/8 I
thought that was a decent unit.
What are the best disposals out there, I am going to get a unit that has
stainless steel grinders on the next one.
I just checked one outlet that is known for having not always the best
products. Disposals were priced from $62.99 to 295.99. The cheapest was an
In-Sink-Erator the most expensive was not. Price does not always mean
quality, but generally the cheapest is not the best.
Sorry I don't have much to offer about current makes or models. I would
suggest checking Consumer Reports magazine as one source. They rate them
fairly often and most libraries carry the back issues.
Ratings Garbage disposers
See a summary of test findings and Quick Picks--the choices that merit first
consideration, including any CR Best Buys.
Based on our tests, most disposers should be able to cope with bones and other
tough grinding chores. Top-scoring models can grind waste faster and more
finely, and often include a clearing device as well as a longer warranty.
Those attributes explain why the best performers, notably the Viking (1), tend
to cost the most. The fine-grinding Viking also proved far less noisy than the
other disposers we tested, thanks in part to its cast-iron grinding chamber.
But you’ll find several lower-priced exceptions to that hierarchy. An example
is the Kenmore (3), which costs less than the relatively similar In-Sink-Erator
(2) and KitchenAid (4), despite its clearing device and longer warranty--a
probable result of the retailing clout Sears wields for its Kenmore brand.
The Ratings rank garbage disposers by overall performance. See Consider all
costs to decide whether a disposer is appropriate for your needs and community.
Then check our Quick Picks for tested models that offer especially good value
for meeting a variety of needs.
Best for most; convenient, competent:3 Kenmore $1355 Waste King $1658 Kenmore
$70, CR Best BuyA clearing device makes the Kenmore (3) best for large
households or frequent entertaining, while a long warranty distinguishes the
Waste King (5). Consider the Kenmore (8) if a low price means more than a long
warranty. Also consider the GE (9) if you’re willing to trade some speed for
an even lower price.
If noise and clogs are a concern:1 Viking $420While expensive, the Viking was
the least-noisy of these machines by far. Extremely fine grinding also makes
this disposer the best choice for homes where clogged traps and other plumbing
hassles are an occasional problem. For families with young children: 19 Waste
King $230Of the two batch-feed models we tested, the Waste King (19) has a
higher power claim and a longer warranty for less.
CR Best Buy
19. Waste King
Availability: Most models at stores through December 2004.
Key numbers with a indicate Quick Picks.
Clickfor more information.
Within types, in performance order.
Brand & model Price Motor (hp) Warranty (years) Overall
score Test results Features
CONTINUOUS-FEED MODELS These let you feed in more waste as they work.
Viking Professional VCFW1020 $420 1 7 •
In-Sink-Erator 555ss 160 3/4 5
Kenmore 60554 135 3/4 7 •
KitchenAid Imperial KCD1250 170 3/4 5 •
Waste King Gourmet SS3300 GE GFC720F 165 3/4 10
In-Sink-Erator 777ss 205 1 7 •
Kenmore 60556 220 1 9 •
Kenmore 6011 CR Best Buy 70 1/2 1
GE Disposall GFC320F Waste King WK111 60 1/3 1
GE Disposall GFC530F Waste King SS2600 90 1/2 1
Waste King Gourmet SS3100 125 1/2 8
KitchenAid KaDette KCDB250 70 1/2 1
Whirlpool GC2000XE 80 1/2 1
GE Disposall GFC1020F Waste King SS8000 170 1 1
In-Sink-Erator Badger 1 55 1/3 1
In-Sink-Erator Badger 5 65 1/2 2
Maytag DFC1500AAX 120 1/2 3
SinkGuard Whiterock SD280 Monarch 880XL 70 1/2 3*
BATCH-FEED MODELS Safest for families with young kids, since these work only
Waste King Gourmet SS8000TC $230 1 10
In-Sink-Erator 17 250 3/4 5
*Warranty does not include in-home labor.
I use the disposal every time I have something to put down it, usually several
times a day, and I've never had a clog. I've lived in this house 30 years and
am on my second disposal, the first one having lasted about 20 years.
This doesn't really answer your question about the disposal unit, but
if you have a garden or back yard, have you considered composting? I
started a compost heap a few years ago and throw every kitchen scrap
EXCEPT meat on it ... vegetable trimmings, coffee filters, tea bags
etc. and also stuff from the garden, like leaves, spent flowers and
the like (no weeds!). I was concerned that it would smell, but it
doesn't. It seems to work even in the winter, as I just dug 3 or 4
bucketfuls of beautiful black soil out of the bottom of it, and
there's more where that came from. I use the composted soil in
outdoor pots and to improve the dirt in the garden beds. Just a
thought for your kitchen waste ...
Sara......Ive thought abt composting but don't know much abt it. I
live in a small duplex in town that does not have a garbage disposal.
I also live alone
Would composting work in town? Or would it smell and create an animal
Maybe there exists some composting "bins" that one could buy to keep
animals and such out of it?
On Mon, 19 Apr 2004 13:34:42 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I found a relatively cheap composter that might suit your needs. Go
to http://seattletilth.org/download/download.html and download the
"homemade food waste digester" plans. The composter is a galvanized
garbage can, with some holes drilled in the lower part, buried about a
third of the way in the ground. The holes allow earthworms and
insects to get in. You need the earthworms and insects to break down
your kitchen waste and the like into compost. The plans tell you what
should and should not be composted, and suggest ways to secure the lid
of the garbage can so dogs, rats, racoons etc. cannot get in.
A friend of mine had excellent results using an old galvanized garbage
can set up in a corner of her back yard. I don't think she buried it
but the worms got in there somehow. I suppose there were a few holes
in the bottom ;-)
There are lots of different bins and whatever that you can buy, mostly
a lot more expensive than a garbage can.
There's a ton of information on the net about composting. Just google
Hope this helps,
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