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How to install a Garbage Disposal


Groove joint pliers, hacksaw, and dishpan, and slotted screw driver, hose clamp for dishwasher.


Garbage disposal, plumberís putty, electrical supplies as needed, ABS plastic waste piping, and fittings.

1. Take out the existing waste/drain pipes from the sink strainer to the threaded fitting at the wall or floor. Save the plastic piping with compression fittings. Throw out a pipe that is welded or metal. Using groove-joint pliers unscrew fittings. Cut a welded pipe with a hacksaw. Put a dishpan below the drain trap to collect any water when the drain plug is removed or the trap is disconnected.

2. Disconnect the fitting attached to the sink bowl to remove the sink strainer. Install the flange that comes with the disposal to the sink bowl. Apply Plumberís putty under the flangeís lip to make a seal with the sink bowl.

3. Slide the mounting assembly gasket, mounting and retaining rings over the neck of the sink flange. Tighten first one screw then the rest a bit at a time until the gasket and flange are both securely attached to the sink bowl. Remove any excess putty.

4. Make the wiring connections at the disposal. Leave enough cable to reach the power source. Secure the drain elbow. To attach it to a dishwasher, ready the disposalís drain according to the manufacturer's directions. Slide the disposals slotted flange over the mounting holes.

5. Attach a two-piece tubular P-trap to the drain elbow. Secure the drain fitting to the wall. Cut the P-trap if required. Turn the trap section of the P-trap and the disposal into place. Finish securing the waste pipe fittings and disposal. Using a stainless steel hose clamp attach any dishwasher hose to the disposalís drain fitting.

6. Connect the disposal to a grounded 20-amp circuit. The methods for connecting power change with the types of disposals. Continuous-feed disposals are connected to an on/off switch found on a wall or in the sink cabinet. A bath-feed disposal has an integral switch and is plugged into the wall outlet. Hire an electrician to make the difficult power connections.


It is more energy efficient to use an electric kettle than to boil water on the stove.





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