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Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.

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DIY Garbage Disposal Replacement

Carla Taylor

When your garbage disposal makes so much noise that you're reluctant to use it, it's time to replace it with a new, quieter unit. If you replace it with the same brand and model, you can use the existing mounting hardware, making this an easy DIY project. With a few simple tools and a couple hours of your time, you'll have a new garbage disposal in place. Once completed, you'll wonder why you put up with that racket from the old unit for so long.

Supplies Needed

  • flat-blade screwdriver
  • slip joint or channel lock pliers
  • wire strippers/cutters
  • medium-sized bucket
  • old rags for cleanup

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Unplug the garbage disposal from the electrical outlet under the sink.
  2. Loosen the large nut connecting the drain pipe to the angled drain pipe on the side of the old unit and disconnect the two pipes.
  3. If used, remove the dishwasher drain pipe from the side of the old unit.
  4. Push the old unit up while turning it counterclockwise to disconnect it from the mounting flange under the sink.
  5. Turn the old garbage disposal over into the bucket and let any water drain out.
  6. Remove the old unit from the bucket and place it upside down on the floor.
  7. Remove the small plate covering the wires connected to the old unit.
  8. Detach the green (ground) wire from the old unit.
  9. Cut off the white (neutral) and black (hot) wires from the unit as close to it as possible to preserve the wire length.
  10. Set aside the electrical plug with the wires attached for use on the new unit.
  11. You're now done with the old unit and can place it aside for disposal later.
  12. Remove the new garbage disposal unit from its packaging and place it right-side up on the floor.
  13. Secure the angled drain pipe in the parts kits to the side of the new unit.
  14. If you have a dishwasher drain pipe to attach to the new unit, knock out the plug in the small pipe coming out of the side of the new unit.
  15. Turn the new unit over on the floor.
  16. Remove the access plate to the electrical wires.
  17. If not already bare, strip about a half inch of insulation from the ends of the black and white wires on the unit.
  18. Strip about a half inch of insulation from the ends of the black and white wires on the electrical plug that you removed from the old unit.
  19. Secure the green (ground) wire to the green or brass colored screw on the new unit.
  20. Twist together the bare ends of the two black (hot) wires and place a wire nut (provided in the parts kit) over the ends.
  21. Twist together the bare ends of the two white (neutral) wires and place a wire nut over the ends.
  22. Push the wires into the new unit and secure the access plate over them.
  23. Turn the new unit right-side up.
  24. Lift the new unit up and match the mounting ring on it with the mounting flange attached under the sink.
  25. Rest the unit in the mounting flange and turn the unit clockwise until it clicks into place.
  26. If used, attach the dishwasher drain hose to the side of the new unit.
  27. Connect the drain pipe under the sink to the angled drain pipe on the side of the new unit.
  28. Tighten the large nut connecting the two drain pipes until hand-tight.
  29. Plug the cord into the electrical outlet under the sink.

Potential Problems

  • If any of the drain pipes are corroded so you can't remove them from the old unit, have a plumber help by cutting off and replacing the pipes for you.
  • If the mounting flange under the sink is rusted, have a plumber replace the drain and mounting flange with new parts.
  • If you wish to replace the old unit with a different brand of garbage disposal, you'll need a plumber to replace the existing mounting flange under the sink with one compatible with the new unit. 

For assistance or more information, contact a professional like one from Mr. Rooter Plumbing.  


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