Much of the time, you don't need to remove the splash guard. What is not
working correctly? Is it totally dead? Strange noises? Not draining?
If the brand name is Insinkerator, there are no sharp blades inside. Rather,
they've got what are called "hammers". It's safe to reach in. If you think
someone might come along and flip the switch, then shut off the circuit
Look around on this link:
It lists a tutorial for installation, which should tell you how to do the
opposite, if you still want to get the rubber thing off. And, there should
be PDF-format owners manuals available, too.
I am certain that something 'bad' fell in and I want to get it out. I
didn't think it'd be THAT hard to remove the rubber thing but its
resisting all my attempts.
I'll check the link to see if there is a technique to it.
Pay attention! You do NOT need to remove the rubber thing to remove foreign
objects. Just reach in. If your hand's too big, removing the rubber thing
won't help much.
Reach in. You'll feel a flat bottom surface, which spins, and you should be
able to spin it easily with your fingers. Near the outer edge of the
spinning surface, you'll feel two or three blocks of metal, not exactly
rectangular in shape. Those are the "hammers". Each hammer should be able to
pivot a bit around the fastener that holds them onto the flat surface. Those
"blocks" sometimes don't pivot because of sludge or a bit of corrosion, but
that won't stop the entire round surface from spinning, UNLESS a small
foreign object is wedged between a block and the wall of a disposal.
Besides hard objects like bones or silverware, fibrous foods can end up
being spun into rope and freeze the disposal solid. Kale stems are a great
example. A clump of this stuff will feel pretty obvious when you reach in.
If you can't pull it all out by hand, then there's a good reason to
uninstall the disposal so it's easier to reach inside, perhaps with a small
pair of pliers.
Please, give us some hints:
Does it spin at all?
Does it hum or not when you flip the switch?
Does it spin, and the contents not empty?
What kind of a disposal is it?
These things will help narrow it down tremendously.
By the way, the black rubber splash guard thing doesn't come out. Take a
flashlight and fold back the fingers of the black rubber splash guard thing
and look in there to see if there's anything obvious like tennis balls or
lug nuts that may be your problem.
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