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Why does my dishwasher back up into the sink, but running the disposal allows it to drain?

When my dishwasher runs the kitchen sink backs up. I have a two tub sink and only the side nearest the dishwasher with the garbage disposer backs up. Running the disposal for a few seconds causes the ...
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How can I fix a garbage disposal with crushed glass in it?

I have a garbage disposal that had a shot glass fall in. It got ground up. The disposal got jammed; I unjammed it and now it makes a glass grinding noise because of the shards inside. How do I clear ...
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Garbage Disposal Shoots Contents Upward

Can't find anything that matches this particular issue on Google or here. Our sink has a garbage disposal that is about 5 years old. For about the last six months or so, the unit tends to propel its ...
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How to unjam garbage disposal

Garbage disposal stopped today after I tossed some coffee grounds into it. It makes a nice hum when you turn the power on of the motor trying to run, but nothing spins. I've tried the reset button ...
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How can I improve the wiring under the sink for a garbage disposal?

My vegetable sprayer line broke yesterday, which led me underneath my sink. It wasn't until I was kneeling in a large puddle of water with the line draining on me and the floor that I realized how bad ...
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What is required to relocate a garbage disposal?

I have a garbage disposal in my two well sink, only problem is when it was installed, it was placed on the left side of the sink -- closest to the dishwasher, further from the stove. When I'm cooking, ...
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How do I fix a slow draining garbage disposal?

I put an avocado skin down my garbage disposal, and since then, the sink doesn't drain well. If I run water for 10+ seconds, it fills up the disposal a decent amount, and will drain if I turn on the ...
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Do you have to have (or does it help) to have a garbage disposal with a dish washer?

I have a in sink garbage disposal but rarely use it. I just had to replace it b/c it burned out from a children's plastic spoon getting 'eaten' ... more than just seized there was smoke coming out ...
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Why does dirty water come into my second sink when the garbage disposal is on?

For a while I have been having problems with using the garbage disposal. The large sink empties very slowly and sometimes I put the disposal on to get it going. The only problem is that disgusting ...
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How do I wire a duplex outlet from a switch/outlet combo?

The power comes first through a switch/outlet combo and I need to it take further down to a duplex outlet. The switch will control half the outlet and the other half will always be hot. This is ...
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How can I remove this piece of metal from my garbage disposal?

Our garbage disposal was turned on with something that shouldn't be in it in there. It all got destroyed and ground up except for this metal piece, which got wedged under the "teeth" of the disposal. ...
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Can I build a garbage chute that connects the garage for residential use?

My current home has the kitchen adjoining to the garage. Most of the really smelly garbage is generated in the kitchen. The big garbage can and recycling bins live in the garage. Is there an ...
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What electrical requirements does a garbage disposal have?

I just moved into a new house (well, actually it's old - 1920). We don't have a garbage disposal and was interested in in having one installed so I called a plumber. He estimated $650-750 saying ...
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Why does the outlet short out when I turn on the garbage disposal?

Okay, when I first moved into the house, everything worked fine. After about a year, my garbage disposal stopped working. I thought maybe it was jammed but the blades still move when I turn the hex ...
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Garbage Disposal

My garbage disposal works intermittently. More often than not there is a few seconds of high pitched whine before the breaker trips. About one time in ten, it works correctly. There is no blockage ...
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Can I split the direct wire to dishwasher to handle a garbage disposal as well?

I've just plumbed in a new garbage disposal unit under my sink. The plumbing appears to be fine - nothing is leaking so far. Now I need to wire it in. It's next to a dishwasher, but the dish-washer ...
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How can I unjam a garbage disposal that the allen wrench doesn't fix?

I have a jammed garbage disposal that makes the humming noise and trips the breaker if I leave it on too long. However, the manual unsticking method doesn't seem to help. I've done some research and ...
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How can I stop veggie garbage from coming out of my basement storm drain?

I keep getting onion and tomato peels coming out of my basement storm drain after doing any sizable cooking and putting it through the garbage disposal. The kitchen is on the 1st floor, the drain is ...
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What tools are required to unclog sink drain with garbage disposal?

So yesterday someone in my family put some celery stalks (with the hard stems included) down the garbage disposal, after which our drain drained much slower. I tried filling up the sink with water ...
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How do I wire a GFCI to provide continuous power to a dishwasher and switched power to a garbage disposal? [duplicate]

I am replacing a regular three pronged outlet with a GFCI for my disposer and dishwasher. There is a white, black, red and ground. How do I install it so as to keep constant power to the dishwasher, ...
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How can I install a waste disposer if I have a high drain fitting?

I want to install a waster disposer under my kitchen sink. My problem is that the drain fitting coming into the kitchen under the sink comes out quite high, and the food disposer will effectively have ...
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Why do garbage disposal companies suggest using cold water with their products?

Why do garbage disposal companies suggest using cold water with their products?
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Which side of a sink should I install a garbage disposal in?

I am about to purchase a garbage disposal to install myself. Our kitchen sink has a large, deep side, and a small, shallower side. Which side is more appropriate to install the disposal in?
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What should I consider when replacing an outlet serving two kitchen circuits?

I have an outlet underneath my kitchen sink that serves my dishwasher and my garbage disposal. The latter's circuit is toggled by a switch above the countertop. I need to replace the outlet, and was ...
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What is the typical dishwasher/disposer electrical connection?

I need to provide power to a instant hot water dispenser that I recently installed myself in our circa 1950 home. I'm about to have my dishwasher replaced and am wondering what the typical electrical ...
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Why does my garbage disposal blow “swamp gas” up the other sink?

I have a generic garbage disposal, and if I run it with water it runs fine (it spins fine). However once it spins through the water and starts spinning "air" something akin to swamp gas (looks like ...
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How do you drain a garbage disposal?

I have a garage disposal installed in my kitchen double sink. The pipe that comes out of the garbage disposal is horizontal to the main vertical pipe before it goes to the p trap. The t joint is ...
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How can I make my garbage disposal outlet work for other electric devices?

I want to install the charging station for a battery-powered "Dirt Devil" vacuum cleaner under the kitchen sink. There's an outlet there which the garbage disposal plugs into, so I thought I would ...
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What would cause my sink to back up and my dishwasher pipe to overflow?

So I installed a new disposal and connected the dishwasher directly to the disposal. I put a stopper in the second drain pipe the dishwasher was draining to and all has been ok. Recently, the sink ...
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Why do small vents at top of garbage disposal blow out water when sink drains?

I just finished replacing the mounting gasket of my In-Sink-Erator Badger 5 as I thought that was the cause of occasional water on the floor of the kitchen cabinet. Admittedly I never diagnosed the ...
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How do I fix a heavily rusted garburator?

I have an INsinkerator that I never used for years as I hate it. I tested it out the other day and it no longer works as it appears heavily rusted over due to non-use. I tried the red re-set button, ...
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What should I do about soaked particle board under my kitchen sink?

I recently discovered I have a leaky garbage disposal (that i have yet to fix). I think it had been leaking for a while, and it has caused the particle board beneath the kitchen sink to sag. I have ...
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Help with Garbage Disposal install and high drain pipe

The drain pipe for my sink sits pretty high, and then the sink-bowels holes are pretty close to each other. Below is the best my friend and I could do to make this work, and I just realized we need ...
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How do you hard wire a garbage disposal?

I do not have a dishwasher. There was no existing garbage disposal and there is no plug under the sink. I'm trying to hard wire a garbage disposal there. I want to create a light switch off an ...
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What could be causing my garbage disposal to be so noisy after unjamming it?

Our garbage disposal first went quiet and didn't work. It appeared to be jammed, as it didn't turn freely with a hex wrench. Using a hex wrench and turning it on and off, it now appears to be ...
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How can I disassemble this P-trap?

I have a double-basin kitchen sink, and the drain line from the garbage disposal is completely clogged. I've been unable to clear it with drain opener, so I'm looking at replacing the P-trap, but ...
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Can a garbage disposal handle waste from both a sink and a dishwasher?

Can't decide whether to put garbage disposal on the dishwasher drain or sink drain. Is it feasible to install single garbage disposal to handle waste from both?
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Garbage disposal install - runs on off, trips breaker when switched to on

My newly installed Insinkerator Evol Plus garbage disposal runs when switch is turned to off, trips breaker when switched to on. I tried it on a shared circuit. Now it's hardwired to it's own ...
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Proper wiring for GFCI given switched circuit

So I've added the 3-prong plug to my garbage disposal, and now I'm on to the GFCI outlet installation. The breaker was not GFCI protected, nor is there a GFCI outlet on the loop. I've gotten to the ...
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How do I wire my dishwasher and disposal back to my house wiring?

I lost the diagram I had when I took this circuit apart and I am having trouble trying to get it back together. Disposal and dishwasher, each on a separate breaker. Have 2 hots and a neutral coming ...
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How to fix a pedal bin into a kitchen cupboard as a swing-out bin?

I want to fix our pedal bin into the kitchen cupboard such that when the cupboard is opened, the bin will pivot out (preferably with lid open) - i.e. imitating a commercial product (just as a random ...
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How is garbage disposal installation different in a sink without an existing disposal?

I'm planning on buying a garbage disposal for a sink that does not currently have one. All of the installation instructions I have found assume that I would be replacing a garbage disposal rather than ...
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How to resolve a drainage issue with aerator lower than the original outlet

I have an issue with the drainage of a new kitchen sink I installed. The old sink outlet was higher up (it was a more shallow sink) and more to the right. The same aerator was attached and the ...
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Is it safe to clear out a garbage disposal with a hand?

I have seen a couple websites, such as this one, which strongly advise against putting one's hand into a garbage disposal, in order to clear it out. If the garbage disposal is turned off, is there ...
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How to fix garbage disposal leaking black sludge under sink?

My garbage disposal is leaking water and black sludge under the sink and it makes the whole house smell horrible. Can I easily fix it? Edit: Here's a picture of it: the leaked water/sludge is ...
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What could cause my newly installed disposal to not work?

I just replaced my garbage disposal. Completed install. Darned thing won't start. Checked the wire nuts two and three times. Nothing. Ideas?
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If they can put a man on the moon, why can't they build a 'composter-friendly' under-sink disposal? [closed]

If they can put a man on the moon--and add wi-fi to our thermostats--why can't they build a 'composter-friendly' under-sink disposal? I'd love a disposal that could send the ground up 'solid waste' ...
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Why has my garbage disposal started tripping the breaker every time?

I have never had a problem with my garbage disposal or that circuit before, however I am now having issues with it. Every time I turn it on, it immediately trips the breaker. I'm not even sure how to ...
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Dishwasher automatically turning on batch feed disposer?

We have a circa 1985 KitchenAid dishwasher and a Maytag batch disposer that may be from the same era. I had no doubt that the dishwasher turned on the disposer automatically when it was draining ...
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Can we install a sink and garbage disposal using the plumbing for a washing machine?

We already have plumbing for a washing machine. We have removed the machine and would like to install a utility sink and garbage disposal. Can we use the washing machine water supply and drain for ...