This is a questionnaire you should answer before you decide to install a disposal in your kitchen sink.
Is this disposal New _____ A replacement _____
An exact same replacement is usually easy to do, a new install is much harder.
Do you have Sanitary sewer _____ Septic system _____
Some local codes do not allow installation, depending on your drain system.
Do you have Single bowl sink _____ Two or more bowls _____
A single bowl setup is very easy to make connections to (usually).
What is your sink made of? Stainless _____ Cast iron _____ Composite _____
Choose your sealant carefully, we like clear silicone caulk.
Do you have a dishwasher? Yes _____ No _____
Disposals have an inlet port to drain dishwasher waste. (Be sure to remove the knockout plug)
Are your drains working properly? Yes _____ No _____
Slow drains or clogged systems are headaches waiting to happen.
Are the other drain parts in good condition? Yes _____ No _____
Disposals vibrate weak parts apart, now is the time to replace worn out components.
Do you have room for the disposal? Yes _____ No _____
Depending on the unit size, drain height, plumbing runs, faucet connections etc.
How is (will) your disposal (be) wired? Hard wire _____ Plug on cord _____
You may have to upgrade your hard wire connection if not on a grounded plug arrangement.
What style of disposal do you plan to get? _______________
This handyman recommends the type that allows for a hex shaped wrench (included with unit) to be inserted in the bottom to manually reverse the impellers for foreign object removal. Other good features include non-rusting interior parts and sound deadening housings.
Do you really think that you can stuff all those potato peelings down there?
You will end up paying for drain cleaning service if you do not remove the handful of peelings that you can toss into the garbage or compost and use LOTS of cold water.
Will some ice followed by a lemon or orange really help my disposal smell better?
Yes the ice hardens the grease, grinds it off the interior and washes it away. Then the citric acids dissolve crusted stuff and deodorizes the drain.
What do you do with all those potato peelings?
You should see what "Dirty Deeds" I am capable of, it may change the way you think.
What is the best way to get my disposal installed?
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