Expert Plumbing Advice from the Trusted Pittsburgh Plumber: Installing A Garbage Disposal
“Homeowners can install a disposal under either strainer in a kitchen sink, but the common location is on the strainer opposite the drainpipe entry,” says Bob Beall, the most referred and trusted Pittsburgh plumber. Disposals, according to Beall, will need a dedicated switched 120v outlet under the sink – not a line tapped into the kitchen counter receptacles.
“It is best if the disposal has its own branch circuit, but if another circuit is readily available (not the counter circuit) you could tap into it,” says Mr Rooter. Expert plumbing advice is offered daily through Mr Rooter Tip Of The Day, available to over 2.9 million customers in the Northeast Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania region.
Before starting the installation, plan the switch location. “The switch can be installed in the wall above the counter, an option that means cutting into the walls. An easier alternative is to get a disposal with the switch built into the lid. An even better choice is a disposal with an air switch,” according to Beall, master plumber and owner of the family run Mr Rooter franchise in Pittsburgh and Youngstown. “A homeowner can mount the switch on the sink (like a push button) and it does not require running new electric lines.” Installing the disposal unit can be accomplished by following these easy tips.
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Tip #1 Locate all the parts for the disposal locking mechanism that fastens to the strainer if it’s present on an existing sink, and clean the lip where the strainer was mounted.
Tip #2 Caulk the strainer-hole flange and slip in the disposal’s sink flange, orienting any lettering or logo as you wish.
Tip #3 Holding the flange in place from above, slip on the triangular bracket and gasket.
Tip #4 The round mounting bracket with three bolts goes on next, but you have to back off the three bolts (don’t remove them completely) before you slip it on. Fit this unit on and slip on the snap ring clamp. Tighten the three threaded bolts with a screwdriver.
Tip #5 Lift the disposal into place under the bowl and twist the locking ring to secure it.
Tip #6 Make sure all three tabs engage the locking ring. All three sides have to slide up a flat metal arm.
Tip #7 Lift the disposal up to the bracket and turn the disposal’s mounting ring to lock in place.
TRADE SECRET: A disposal does not adversely affect a septic tank or drain lines – (actually grinding up waste is a preferred method). However, for those who need an extra measure of efficiency InSinkErator makes a disposal that adds a biodegradable liquid to the ground food. (Photo courtesy of InSinkErator)
WHAT CAN GO WRONG: When locking the disposal in place, the locking ring must slide up a fixed metal ramp. You can slide the locking ring part-way up the ramp by hand, but you need an anti-jamb wrench to get it seated all the way. The disposal is designed with three slots for the wrench 120 degrees apart. Typically, if you insert the wrench in one slot and pull it, the entire ring will slide the last half inch to the locked position.
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