Installing a garbage disposal isn’t as challenging as you presumed it to be but we must admit that it takes both plumbing and electrical skills to complete the project. So if you are still new at do-it-yourself home improvement projects, you have to really exert effort on researching and don’t ever forget to strictly follow instructions. This will ensure that your project is successfully completed without putting your property at risk. You’ll never know when DIY activities lead to unexpected emergencies such as burst pipes or worse, flooding. So if you are looking forward to setting up a garbage disposer at home, read on and learn from this guide!
Tools You’ll Need:
- Water Pump Pliers
- Plumber’s Putty
- Electrical Cord
- Safety Goggles
- Dust Mask
1. Make sure that the garbage disposal is NOT turned on else you’ll be at risk of electrocution. It will be wise to also cover your circuit panel to guarantee that no one at home will accidentally power it up.
2. If you have an existing garbage disposal still installed, you have to safely detach it first by simply disconnecting the drainage or waste pipe. Ensure that you have a container under the pipes to prevent leftover water in the system from splashing around and flooding your work area. Once you’re done with the P-traps, remove the disposer by using a screwdriver and then safely pull it out. Don’t forget to take out the old parts: sink sleeve, flange, gasket and putty. Clean up the area to prepare the installation of the new system.
3. Wire your garbage disposal system. There are units that are already wired upon purchase so you might want to be on the lookout for that. Otherwise, just simply remove the cover plate under the machine. Connect the wires by following the user’s manual that came with the package. Once you’re done, put the cover back.
4. Next up, install the parts! Position and install the drain flange first rolling plumber’s putty in your hands. Create a snake-like shape from the putty which should be about half an inch wide and most probably 10 inches in length. Put it just under the drain flange. Place the flange into the sink hole and press it down to secure it in position. Install the back-up ring, gasket and then the mounting ring. Use your handy screwdriver to tighten the connection. If you see any putty that’s squeezed out, trim it away.
5. Mount your disposal by placing it into the mounting ring, ensuring that the outlet faces the drainage pipe. Tighten it in place using the wrench.
6. Connect the system to the P-trap. The pipe’s length should be just right. Use your hacksaw to cut any excess length. Once done, attach the discharge tube.
7. Turn the power on and pour water into the drain. Turn the disposer on too and check for leaks. If you have some leftover food, run them in the machine to guarantee that it’s functional.
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