The process of preparing the right tools and getting organized to install a garbage disposal in your home is something requiring careful thought. It is not a two-step process, yet it’s also not something that one should expect to take forever to accomplish either.
Garbage disposals are useful modern tools in the kitchen to dispose of inedible leftover food and discard unwanted items that don’t taste so good when cooked up. They save filling up the trash bag too quickly with every type of waste with the man of the house usually responsible for taking it out; a chore every man detests just as much as the woman does.
Getting Started with Setting up a Garbage Disposal
First things first. You need a spare kitchen power outlet that is covered by an available circuit-breaker with a 20-amp, 120-volt system. A simple GFCI one is insufficient for your needs here. Before beginning the installation, be sure to turn off the power to adequately protect yourself.
There are some tools required to perform the installation. If you are missing any from the list below, be sure to either borrow them from a neighbor or purchase them from a local hardware store:
- Knife for spreading putty
- A bucket
- Spare rags or cloth
- Wire stripper
- Electrical tape
- Wire nuts
- Wrench for pipes
Now Proceed Through the Following Steps
- Remove everything from beneath the sink area. Then, disconnect the strainer and pull it out, and all the drain lines under the sink too.
- Stick the bucket in the space created under the sink. Take out the waste lines and collect any remaining water in the bucket.
- Take apart the mounting apparatus. A big nut is there to hold the strainer in place; undo it and remove it.
- Take out the strainer. Remove any plumber’s putty nearby. Clean up the surface areas ready for re-use.
- Open up the garbage disposal. Start with the assembly for mounting and the sink flange. The mounting rings (both lower and upper) and their respective bolts are important here. Put 1cm of putty circling the drain area. Position the sink flange over the drain, on top of the new putting and push down firmly until it sticks.
- With the mounting ring and the gasket too, place them on the flange. Connect the flange with the snap ring to secure them both in position.
- Make each mounting bolt tighter to lock them into position. Switch between all three bolts to gradually tighten each one until they’re all equally tightened. It’s likely that some plumber’s putty will escape from beneath the flange; just remove it.
- The wiring is next. Place the disposer on its edge under the sink and after confirming that the electrical breaker is indeed turned off, take out the cover of the disposal to get to its wiring. Hook up the black and white wires to matching ones on the power supply. Be sure to ground the supply connection, then place the cover back over the unit for safety.
- If you already own a dishwasher, remove the tube at the side of the disposal marked for this purpose. It is near the surface. Use a hammer and screwdriver to remove the plug.
- Mounting the disposal is next. Position it correctly underneath the sink. Use the mounting assembly as your reference. The tabs on the disposal secure it inside the mounting assembly. The disposal needs to be turned to lock it down. It is still loose after securing in place.
- Re-position the disposal with the discharge line going to the water piping. For people with a dishwasher, use the inlet on the side of the disposal’s side to hook up the drain line. Use plumbing pipes to fit the sink to the disposal. The locking nut goes on before adding the washer.
- Now the plumbing is all done. Check all the nuts are firmly in position, and the lines are not going to come loose. Tighten up the collect that rotates using the screwdriver or a spare wrench. Everything should now be set.
- Try the water faucet and watch the water go through the disposal. Check for leaks. For dishwasher owners, turn it on and check for leaks. Make things tighter if leaks appear.
- Turn the kitchen power back on and push the disposal plug into the power outlet. Remember: the water must be running before turning on the disposal. Turn on the disposal and hear it come to life!
The whole process doesn’t take much longer than 15 minutes to sort out even for people who are not very handy. If you lack any of the necessary tools required, then a trip down to the local hardware store will add more time on to that. Also, be careful to warn the kids about sticking them hands down the disposal too.
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