Installing a New Garbage Disposal
Nobody really considers a garbage disposal to be a luxury
item. However, it provides a service and convenience
that is so helpful that those who have one can never be satisfied
going back to a life without one. After all, this makes
getting rid of food scraps neater and easier, and it prevents
most drain clogs in the kitchen sink. Plus, today's
models are simple enough that with the right tools, you'll
be able to install your new disposal quickly and fairly painlessly.
Here are the basic steps involved:
get all tools and have them within arm's reach. Once you've
got all the necessary equipment, disconnect the waste assembly
and take it off of the sink flange and to the trap.
There is likely to be some water and debris inside that
will pour out when you do this, so place a bucket or large
pan beneath it to catch the waste. Use towels to clean
up anything the bucket misses. After you get the waste
lines out of your way, remove from the disposal the entire
mounting assembly. Then in the sink hole, you'll install
your new flange. As you do, you should apply some plumber's
putty around the flange and then drop it into its place.
you'll connect the sink flange to the upper mount assembly;
hold the flange in place with something heavy like a telephone
book. Place the gasket according to the instructions,
and then slip the mount ring over your flange. Now
slide the snap-ring on your flange; it should pop into the
flange's groove easily. After this, find the three mounting
screws and tighten them. You want the screws tight
enough that the assembly is secured tightly against the
the tube from the disposal to the mount assembly.
If there is any hardened waste on the P-Trap, clean it before
you go further. Now, in order to prepare the drain connection
to the dishwasher, knock out a drain plug from the nipple
on the dish-washer, then attach the drain's hose coming
from the dishwasher.
situate the garbage disposal beneath the mount assembly
until the mount tabs are able to slide over the mount tracks.
Lift up on the disposal, then place its top into the mount
assembly. Turn the lower mount ring, and keep turning
until the three mount tabs lock over the ridges in the ring.
Now tighten the ring with a screwdriver or wrench.
the garbage disposal until the discharge tube is completely
aligned with your drain trap. For a double-bowl sink,
you have to replumb your waste-line to connect to the garbage
disposal. Hopefully, all you'll need at this point
will be an extension tube. Otherwise, you may have
to replace the whole assembly.
almost finished; now you just need to hook up the power
to the garbage disposal. You can run a line to it
or, for something more permanent, hire an electrician to
run power directly into your sink cabinet.
a garbage disposal is not that difficult, although it can
be somewhat messy. But most people agree that a day
of work and mess is worth it for the year's of convenience
the disposal will provide.