You never know, Santa might bring you a new garbage disposal this year. Sure, it’s an odd gift choice – but a helpful one, right? So now what? Do you know how to install a garbage disposal?
Garbage disposals are more common today than they have ever been in a household. If you purchase a new house without one after you’ve lived with one, you’ll probably soon find out how much you miss it. Some homeowners might want to install a garbage disposal themselves. You can also hire a professional to do the job.
Installing a garbage disposal yourself can be described as an intermediate level task, but you can expect it to take you the whole day to complete.
Here are the steps to get you through a garbage disposal installation.
First, prepare your sink.
You want to check to make sure you have the proper electrical source so you can plug in your disposal. If not, you will need to install one underneath your sink.
If you have a sink with two bowls that drain together, you will want to remove those connecting pipes. Also remove the strainer and the strainer’s body, usually metal, from the sink. You should be left with a plain, single hole.
Second, prepare your new disposal.
Wiring your disposal is important before you try to plug it in. Your disposal might come with a cord attached, but you might have to connect one yourself. Remember white wires connect to white, black to black, etc. The manufacturer’s guide that comes with the disposal should have more explanation on this.
Third, apply putty and mounting rings.
Put plumber’s putty underneath the drain flange that covers the drain hole. Next you will place the backup ring, fiber gasket and mounting ring. Make sure to tighten the screws on the mounting ring underneath your sink for a close fit.
Last, mount the garbage disposal.
While making sure the outlet side of the disposal is facing the drainpipe it will be connected to, place the disposer into the mounting ring. Turn the lower ring clockwise until it is tight.