For those who enjoy doing home improvement projects themselves, this project is an easy way to fill up your Saturday afternoon and improve your quality of living phenomenally. Installing a kitchen garbage disposal, while it may sound like a plumber or an electrician’s domain, it is possible for those who are willing to take their time, do a little research, and have patience and faith in their abilities to get the job done.
Definitely make sure the garbage disposal model you buy is compatible with your electrical outlet, something your local hardware store is more than happy to help you with. Now, let’s get down to business:
Materials and Tools
Before jumping into the installation, you have to buy a garbage disposal unit, which attaches to your sink, and has a discharge, which can be attached to your drainpipe. The hose to your kitchen dishwasher outlet connects to the garbage disposal. One thing to note, if you are installing a disposal but not replacing an old one, you need an outlet and a switch nearby. An electrician can install these, but you should check and see if you need a permit.
Disposals are usually found with 1/3 to around 1 horsepower. For those who have septic systems, they will need septic-safe garbage disposals, so check the manufacturer’s suggestions for your situation.
Directions for Installing a Kitchen Garbage Disposal
- Switch off your kitchen’s circuit breaker.
- Place a bucket beneath the sink’s P-trap before detaching the drainpipes. Remove your sink strainer and then any surplus putty.
- Apply the plumber’s putty over the new drain’s flange, pressing it in place. Place a towel flat within the sink before setting the garbage disposal on top of the flange, which should stop it from moving.
- Beneath your sink, take the fiber gasket, the backup flange, and the mounting ring and stack them, sliding the stack onto the flange’s underside. Then, to install it, pull the snap ring open before snapping it into place.
- Now, tighten and twist the screws, so that they are firm and even alongside the backup flange. Before moving on, clean up excess putty.
- In order to connect the disposal to the dishwasher’s drain, use your hammer to take the drain plug out from the disposal’s inlet.
- Take off the wire cover plating and then connect the disposal’s electrical cord (may be sold separately depending on the model) by matching wire colors. After pushing the wires back in place, reattach the wire cover plating.
- Inject the gasket into the discharge outlet, connecting the drain. Then, you connect the discharge tube using the bolts and flange.
- Hang the garbage disposal by lining up the three tabs to the mounting ring. With the wrench, included with your disposal, turn and then lock the three tabs onto the ridges. You then attach the dishwasher’s drain. The discharge pipe needs to line up correctly and connect the drainpipes. For this, utilize a T-pipe before the P-trap.
- For testing the disposal connections, place a sink stopper in the drain and fill the sink to assess for any leaks. Plug the disposal in and turn the power on.
- Be warned: Read the manufacturer’s safety and installation instructions and see if a permit is necessary. Observe applicable electrical and building codes. Call an electrician in case of any questions or doubts about any of the connections.
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