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   Nothing is more upsetting than when one of our trusted appliances goes on the blink.  You flip a switch, turn a knob or push a button and life goes on, but then one day, the unthinkable happens....absolutely nothing!   

Disposal base
Perhaps the term "garbage disposal" is completely misleading.  The phrase seems to mislead the easily misled into thinking this hole in the sink can devour anything you throw at it and magically make it disappear.  I've even had the honor on more than one occasion to clear the entire rock content of a fish tank from the inside of the "garbage disposal" (no, the fish weren't there, thankfully!)  I can only say that holding your tongue at such an event is a chore to say the least, but i did my job, cleared the debris field and put the unit back in service. If you've recently thrown something down the disposal that you shouldn't, my first advice to you is to blame it on the kids...always works...but if you don't want tell that to your repairman, and you think your capable of fixing  it yourself, follow these simple steps and you'll be grinding up nuts and bolts in no time (For the easily misled, that was a joke)  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1. TURN OFF THE POWER                                                                    Pay attention to this one above all else, unless you'd like to trim your nails down to the knuckle.  Either unplug the disposal, or turn off the appropriate breaker at the fuse box. Whichever you choose, make sure that the power is off! This is true for all appliance repairs, and should be followed religiously.
2. Clear The Blockage
                                                                                                                                             Carefully look inside the unit to see if you can locate the blockage.  If you can see the culprit, perhaps you can reach it with a pair of long pliers or even better, you can stick the business end of a shop vac into the mouth of the disposal to remove the debris. Putting your hand in the disposal is never recommended, so do this at your own risk. Your hand can actually get stuck if its big enough...or even worse (we've all seen the horror pictures...another reason to turn off the power.) Now then, if you've removed the blockage or can't see the blockage, move on to the next step of freeing the blades.  Different disposals require different methods to accomplish this.                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Free The Blades                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Look at the underside of the disposal and see if there is an octagonal shaped opening in the center.  This is where the disposal wrench is placed to free the blades. A disposal wrench is usually provided by the manufacturer and is commonly left in the under sink area for future use. If you do not have a disposal wrench, you may use an Allen wrench of the appropriate size. Place the tool in the octagonal opening and try to turn the wrench with a back and forth action. If the blades move, take another look inside to see if you can see any foreign objects. Take appropriate action to remove any foreign object. On extreme occasions, the disposal will have to be removed to dislodge whatever is jamming up the blades. Turn the water on and move the blades once more...MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE THE DISPOSAL WRENCH FROM THE OCTAGONAL OPENING.  To leave the tool in place would provide a dangerous projectile if the disposal is turned back on. Restore the power and with water running turn on the disposal. do not look into the disposal while doing this. If disposal doesn't respond, turn off the switch and check to see if the breaker (some models) under the disposal is tripped.  The breaker is a button on the bottom or side of the disposal. Push in the button to reset it. Again with the water on, test the disposal.  If your blades spin freely, you job is done. On some low end disposals however, there is neither an under unit breaker, or an octagonal opening to free the blades.  In this case, something soft like a wooden dowel or something similar like a wooden broom handle may do the trick. Again, with the power off, place the wooden dowel in the garbage disposal and attempt to move the blades, if the blades move follow the appropriate steps outlined above. Check the under sink area thoroughly for leaks.  If after these attempts you disposal is still failing, you might consider replacement or seek the services of a professional.  If you have any comments or questions, please post below.   


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nuke on Monday, November 5, 2018 12:46 AM
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www.bestessays.com.au/assignment-help.php on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 10:26 PM
I am pretty sure that the tips you have given above will become a big help for those people who are struggling with garbage disposals. I am not really good at this thing but it's really good to know that there is someone like you who have given lots of effort just to have those steps listed and shared. However, since this is the first time that I have known more details about this, I have to say that I am still struggling to understand it better. Anyway, looking at your steps, it seems like they are not really easy to do but I believe that as long as your heart is in what you are doing, then nothing will be impossible.
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