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Posted: 1/6/2006 5:20:34 AM EDT
I need to replace the garbage disposal (old one has died). I am going to buy the same make and model (at least the same horse power), and I am considering installing it my self.

The wiring is already there from the old one, so I figure how hard could it be. The most plumbing I have done before is minor stuff (replace kitchen faucets etc.).

Any tips, am I in over my head?
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:26:38 AM EDT
Should be plug and play. Any one with any sort of mechanical ability should be able to do it.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:26:38 AM EDT
It is a very simple procedure. If you follow the instructions that come with the replacement, it should be very easy.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:33:14 AM EDT
I just replaced mine last month.
The basic mount was already in place (no sense in changing it) and I found the same model (but now made out of plastic). I just rewired the connections and twisted the new unit in place.

30 minutes of work.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:34:31 AM EDT

is it tuff to install?


No. Sink drain attachment, locking collar underneath, discharge pipe, and electrical plug. That's it.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:35:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:36:51 AM EDT
It is easy. If you intend to use the exact same model, just bolt the new one on. Most come with a new ring for the bottom of the sink, so if you want to replace that just pick up a small tub of plumber's putty to seal it with. It is very easy to do. If you are planning to get the same one so you can reuse the existing mount, don't limit yourself. If you just want the same one, that's fine, but installing one from scratch is about as difficult as putting a barrel on an upper receiver! If you can do that, you can put in a disposal.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:39:00 AM EDT

Easy job. In fact, I just watched the "Toolbelt Diva" do it last week.

If she can do it with those big, beautiful cans in her way, anyone can.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:39:12 AM EDT
yup. I did mine a month ago. all you need is a screw driver to hook up the electrical (access panel) and to tighten the drain clamp. Do yourself a favor and get a 555ss or 777ss (5 or 7 year warranty ones). The others like the badger 3 are junk.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:41:34 AM EDT
It was simple. I do recommend shutting off the circuit breaker, and not just the wall switch, to the disposer while doing the job.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:48:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Richard-ar15:
Easy job. In fact, I just watched the "Toolbelt Diva" do it last week.

If she can do it with those big, beautiful cans in her way, anyone can.



Well I'll have to work around my man-boobs.

If I screw it up I am sure that Mrs. Wedge will tape it, so I get some mpeg files uploaded and release it on DVD.

Perhaps with a directors cut, and alternate ending where I fight the in-sink-erator on the surface of Mars.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 2:12:18 PM EDT
My disposal died, I went to HomeDepot bought the same exact model and had the old one out and the new one in within 30 minutes.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 2:28:19 PM EDT
Its spelled "tough", not tuff.

Chris
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 2:30:07 PM EDT
Easy Peasy!!

You can do it man!
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 2:33:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GrumpyM4:
It's spelled "tough", not tuff.

Chris



Fixed your typo correcting typo for you.

Link Posted: 1/6/2006 2:43:03 PM EDT
Simple. Just a single beer install.

If you have a dishwasher drain into the old disposal remember to punch out the plug before you hang the new one.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 2:49:02 PM EDT
All the ones I have ever seen are outlet plug ins.

Good advice to trip the breaker. It might be easier if you have GFIs in you kitchen to just trip that. Make sure you test it though.

Plumbers putty is a little messy but if you are replacing the drain ring it is important. Just roll up a snake of it place it around the drain ring and clean off the excess when you are done.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 2:53:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tripledouble:
It was simple. I do recommend shutting off the circuit breaker, and not just the wall switch, to the disposer while doing the job.



I just unplugged it from the outlet under the sink. Whatever works to really remove power.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 2:59:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Lord_Grey_Boots:

Originally Posted By tripledouble:
It was simple. I do recommend shutting off the circuit breaker, and not just the wall switch, to the disposer while doing the job.



I just unplugged it from the outlet under the sink. Whatever works to really remove power.


Good idea, I got jolted pretty good when I was doing a R&R garbage disposal at her pareents apartments.

Shouldn't be too hard, my wife has done a few of them, and she's not all that mechanically inclined.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 4:41:46 PM EDT
The 30 minutes tops. I installed mine on Christmas Eve.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 4:43:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/6/2006 4:44:17 PM EDT by richhermes]

Originally Posted By tripledouble:
It was simple. I do recommend shutting off the circuit breaker, and not just the wall switch, to the disposer while doing the job.



+1 your disposer should be on it's own circuit.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:05:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:22:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By wedge1082:
I need to replace the garbage disposal (old one has died). I am going to buy the same make and model (at least the same horse power), and I am considering installing it my self.

The wiring is already there from the old one, so I figure how hard could it be. The most plumbing I have done before is minor stuff (replace kitchen faucets etc.).

Any tips, am I in over my head?



Just be sure you punch out the plug in the garbage disposal where the dishwasher line hooks to it....

other than that...piece of cake...well not cake...more like PIE!!!
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