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Questions regarding the safe and environmental disposal of waste products.

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Disposal container for muriatic acid

I need to do work with muriatic acid and was wondering if storing the waste (12 Oz of acid per gallon of water) is okay to do in a regular plastic 5 gal bucket. My concern is whether the acid could ...
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Safe way to dispose of paint thinner

Where I live there are companies that dispose of hazardous or chemical waste but they only work with companies and with large quantities. For the common citizen there seems there are no options to ...
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What should I do with leftover mud?

I always find myself holding a pan with one inch of leftover mud when I need to stop and come back later. Once I just left my taping knives in the pan. Big mistake. When I came back 4 hours later in ...
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Drain under the kitchen sink check

Today I inspected the drain and trap under the kitchen sink. I haven't really had any specific problem but I guess the drain could be faster. Sometimes I start the disposer to make it drain quicker. I ...
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1.25 HP Garbage Disposal Blows Fuse

I have an American Standard High Torque Garbage Disposal (QKGO2), and it was installed by the previous homeowner less than two years ago. It hasn't seen too much use, however, because it trips the ...
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Kitchen sink drain occasionally clogs at junction 40 feet downstream from disposal

It doesn't take all that much for the drain to get backed up. We do OK by letting virtually no food particles down the sink, but invariably it backs up now and again, particularly when we're hosting. ...
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Can I connect a dishwasher to a garbage disposal instead of the sink overflow?

I would like to install a water purification unit under my double kitchen sinks. I currently have a dishwasher and a garbage disposal connected. What is the proper code when doing this. More ...
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Disposal of hydrochloric acid

I used hydrochloric acid and water to remove concrete from my tools (in a plastic bucket) but did not know how dangerous it was and how complicated the disposal process can be--first time using it ...
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How should the disposal be wired without running neutral to ground?

We had an electrician move outlets and switches in our kitchen and it seems like some stuff wasn't done right or shortcuts taken. Here is our situation. The outlet is half hot and other is on a switch ...
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Is there a safe, ethical, way to get rid of old gas?

Normally I'm pretty good about buying just enough at the beginning of the spring. Last year my grass continued to grow into December so I ended up with nearly a gallon of extra gas. I don't feel ...
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Periodic Standing Water in Dishwasher

Disclosure: I am not a plumber but I called a plumber and am unsure about his plan of action to fix my problem. I am hoping to bounce some thoughts from you all here. I have a dishwasher that I do not ...
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Disposal not working

I have an Insinkerator 777ss disposal. It is hardwired. When I flipped the switch it popped the breaker. I removed the hot lead from the disposal, reset the breaker and flipped the switch. Nothing ...
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Trouble connecting air gap to disposal without tube kinking

I was having a problem with my dishwasher smelling and realizing no one ever connected the air gap into the system. My plumber bailed on me today, but I've done everything (including replacing the ...
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disposal discharge pipe is not long enough

I installed a new sink disposal, and got to the last step before realizing the discharge pipe does reach. What do I do next?
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Change disposal from direct wire to outlet when changing unit

I'm swapping out our original, builder-grade disposal for a new one, and the one I ended up getting and starting to work with was wired with a plug. The original unit was connected to some 3-wire ...
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How to properly dispose of empty fire extingusher?

Bought a small home fire extinguisher, and had to use it for a small stove fire. The needle is in the middle of 'empty', (not all the way, but it appears that the fire extinguisher is of the one time ...
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How should I dispose of the vinyl shed walls?

I have disassembled an old vinyl shed and removed all the metal, etc. Now I need to know how and where to dispose of the vinyl walls?
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Paint thinner can leaking

I hope this is the right place to ask. I noticed earlier tonight I had a very old can of paint thinner that is now leaking. There isn't very much paint thinner left in it but I went ahead and put it ...
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How should I dispose of treated wood or manufactured boards?

Are off cuts of pressure treated wood for internal use or manufactured board such as loft boarding safe to dispose of in a domestic garden fire pit (not for cooking)? I have a large amount of off ...
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Is a P-Trap needed for dishwasher return line?

Currently my kitchen Plumbing is torn apart. I had new countertops installed and the plumber came today and said the top gas cap ((?) protecter from fumes I'm assuming) no longer fit and CUT it off. ...
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Garbage disposal trips breaker when it is switched off

Our garbage disposal trips its breaker when the unit is turned off. Flip the breaker and the unit runs, turn the unit off and the breaker trips. I have replied the switch. Wiring of the switch, double ...
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How should I dispose of Sulfuric Acid?

I have about 30 ml of leftover Sulfuric acid. There is a similar thread on this board suggesting ways to dispose of it. They involve adding baking soda after adding the sulfuric acid to water. However,...
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Do I need to trim the dishwasher drain line to prevent water build-up from the disposal? Also are elbows OK here?

We replaced the sink recently, which required taking off the disposal and installing it on the new sink, and also re-doing the plumbing since the new sink's drain would be further back than the ...
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water backing up into both sinks, whether running the disposal or dishwasher

Water is sitting in both kitchen sink drains with equal pressure. When running dishwasher it bubbles up some on both sides. When running disposal, water sucks down on disposal side, but then creeps ...
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When installing a garbage disposal what kind of PVC pipe connects directly to the disposal?

The PVC pipe connection from the garbage disposal is leaking. I have hand tightened the washer on the PVC and then did a 1/4 turn wrench tighten. Still leaking. It looks like the PVC has a little lip ...
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How to safely dispose of latex paint?

So, like most home owners, I have gallons of partially used paint, both from my old place, and old ones from the previous owners here. I want to dispose of these both safely and efficiently (we have ...
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Wiring a switch to an outlet to control Garbage disposal

I have a gfs outlet with the power coming to it.Can i install a swith next to it to go to a outlet under my sink to power the garbage disposal
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Who should I contact to remove an old boiler from my basement?

I had a boiler fire. When I replaced the boiler, I kept the old one around for insurance purposes. Now it's time to get rid of it. It's got a good bit of steel in it, and still has a couple of steel ...
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What should I do with leftover sulfuric acid from a sump pump battery backup?

In our new house, we found that a previous owner installed a sump pump battery backup unit, which is nice. The battery in the system is like a car battery, but it's the kind where you initially add ...
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How can I dispose of large glass mirrors?

I recently remodeled my bathrooms and removed the old flat glass mirrors that were hung on the walls. I kept them thinking that I could cut and frame them, but I wound up just purchasing new ones. ...
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Best practice for oily rag safety?

Most everyone's heard about piles of oily/greasy rags igniting. Linseed oil seems to be a popular culprit for it, but I've also recently heard claims of common automotive oil being involved. I've ...
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How do I dispose of gasoline?

We've inherited a house with several gas (petrol) containers in the garage. I haven't tried using them because I don't know how old they are. I don't know what oil/gas mixture they have. They've ...