On Fri, 08 Feb 2008 21:16:00 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
For 12 years I've had no other brand, but Insinkerator. I've placed
them in rental properties when necessary for a new disposal.
In my last home, the original Insinkerator disposal lasted about 7
years. I'll buy Insinkerator again (might be called a BADGER model :)
I've never killed an Insinkerator either.
Grinding itself apart? Not sure if you mean it just sounds horrible when it
runs even after it's cleared. Do you ever clean it? Simple. Toss a tray or
two if ice cubes in it. Whenever I do this, after it's done and flushed
with water the only sound is the hum of the motor.
well, not sure what caused this but a few days ago, I turned it on and metal
filings started to fly out...That was the tip off ;) Now its just stuck.
Someone in the house must have droped something in. Of course everyone denys
it...I was going to see if I could clear the obstruction but its probably
not worth it. Its about 8-9 years old anyways. So Insinkerator it is. Thanks
for the input everyone
I'm not a proponent of dragging out the death of things and having them
run crippled but you do know there is a hex type wrench made for when
things get stuck? It is often in a holder someplace on the disposal. I
believe it fits in the center of the bottom so you can turn it backwards.
This is a zero expense/minimal effort shot. If you can get it unjamed and
it sound and works OK then why replace it? Saves you from swearing at
leak from the new one :-)
There's probably a spoon or fork in the disposal. Someone dropped it in,
turned on the disposal, and when it made a horrible noise, they adopted the
"I don't know nuthin' and I ain't talkin'" routine. Replacing it without
first trying to clear the obstruction is ridiculous. Someone in the house
might drop something into the brand new one the day after you install it.
Then what? Buy another new one??? Don't do that. Use the money you save to
buy tools and beer.
Sharpen your best kitchen knife and place it on the counter where you can
reach it. Tell everyone in the house to stay away from the disposal switch.
Better yet, tell them to stay out of the kitchen. If anyone disobeys, wave
the knife at them like a madman. This is how it's done. You could also turn
off the circuit breaker, but it's much more interesting to create a sense of
danger so you're a bigger hero after you fix the disposal.
The disposal doesn't have sharp blades inside. It's got these things they
call "hammers" mounted on the bottom surface near the outer edge. First,
peek in with a flashlight to see if you can spot the debris. A dental mirror
would help, and you should have at least 3 different shapes & sizes in your
toolbox anyway, so here's an excuse to buy more tools. Then, stick your hand
in there carefully and feel around. The bottom surface is supposed to spin
like a carousel. You might be able to dislodge it if you remove whatever
piece of metal is wedged between a hammer and the side of the housing. The
debris itself might be sharp if it's been chewed up, so be careful.
Look at the bottom (outside) of the disposal and you'll see a socket for a
hex wrench. That's there so you can use a wrench to turn the inner part
backward and dislodge debris. It doesn't have to be the wrench that came
with the disposal, which is probably nowhere to be found anyway. Any hex
wrench of the proper size will work. If you don't have a set of hex
wrenches, here's yet another excuse to buy more tools. That's always a good
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