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Garbage Disposer Installing and Replacing Guide - Disconnecting Garbage Disposer from Plumbing
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Hi, my name is Joe Wise, owner of the Buildwise Construction in Orlando, Florida. Today, we’re covering how to change out a garbage disposal. On the last clip, you saw us turned off the breaker and turn off the electricity. I'm just going to reach up here and flip the switch just to make sure that we’re not hot so we won’t have any problems and then we’ll go start disconnecting the unit itself. It’s where your pots kind of come in handy. Maybe a towel here for your back as you lean in here to get those work done and we’re just going to start taking supply lines off.
Now, the supply lines could this PVC or metal. The PVC are just hand tight and metal around there is a little tighter so you may have to use tools like your pipe wrench or a pair of channel locks. Right, I was able to get that one off by hand so I’m going to pull off the pee trap first and there’s water in this pee trap so you want to make sure you have your towel ready and have your pan underneath to catch in the excess water that may drain out.
You see our water dripping right down there. I’m going to continue to take that off. The pee traps put on there primarily to keep the water and snow out of your kitchen. It traps water in there, traps the gas on the other side of the pipes so you don’t have to smell your sewage. Now we’re disconnected from that.
I’m going to have to disconnect the line from the waste line from your dishwasher, just connect that. Well, these tail pieces spot lines, a little too tight for me get off by hands so we’re going to use the pipe wrench. Sometimes they call this monkey wrenches. I’m not quite sure why.
The proper way to use that is to put this on the bolt in the direction that you want to pull and as you can see when you clamp down on that or when you pull on the hand and put the leverage on it. It actually tightens on the knot and that’s the direction you want to pull in. Remember, right to tight it, left to loose it. That went on there very well. As you see we try to pull that off there in the whole unit came loose. I’ve always found that when you were doing this kind of repair it’s easier just to replace all the plastic or all the metal up underneath here.
You start from scratch because this one has been repaired a couple of times and it’s not coming off very clean. I can see where it’s been sealed with some kind of caulk or primer’s putty or something in here and it’s not breaking loose evenly. So it’s not coming off very good. So what I’m going to do is actually just disconnect it from the unit itself and we’re going to throw that away. Anyway, it shouldn’t be an issue. That’s on there pretty good. I can't get that off with a screwdriver so that will be one tool, our tool is still a little socket wrench.
With the socket on it, whichever size fits and we’re going to put that on there. Let’s see if we can loosen this waste 2x4 the unit itself. There we go and we got it that time. Get a little bit more leverage on the socket and it came with a screwdriver. And we take this bolt off at the top. Sometimes either held on by two bolts but these particular unit has one and then we’re going to just relieved it, take it off here.
As soon as we get this bolt out, very twisty mounting the unit in the mounting assembly and we’re just going to drop the whole unit out and then off this mounting assembly. There I get rid off the supply. It gets kind of nasty and then we’re going to take a tool that actually comes with the new pipe that we didn’t show you before for it came with the new disposal.
I’ll show you the minute on the new one in and you just twist it counterclockwise and the whole unit comes out of the mounting assembly and falls down very easily. Now that we got this off, I'm going to go to the electrical and disconnect the wires. Thread and turn where you can see here but it’s kind of difficult. We’re going to take the ground wire off, that’s the middle copper wire that don’t have any insulation on it and then we’re going to pull out the black on the unit. You see that one didn’t have a very good connection and there is the white. And then we’re going to take the wire out of the old units and remove this.
This disposal wasn’t put in very correctly to begin with. It should have mounting hardware here to cover this and that as you could see when it pulls, it lose out that wire it wasn’t on there very well. So you want to make sure when you’re joining this wires you get those wire and nuts on there properly.
There we go, now the whole unit is out of here and now we’ll get started on installing the new disposal.