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    Default First Time Living with a Garbage Disposal

    I hate to sound like the dumbest apartment tenant ever, but I have never lived in a place that had a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink. Are we supposed to empty it every so often or does that fall on management as apartment maintenance? If we are responsible, about how often does that need to be done?
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    Default Re: First Time Living with a Garbage Disposal

    Everytime you put food down the disposal, have the water running into the drain, hit the button for the disposal and the food will get crushed and be gone. shut the water after you hear no more food being crushed and that is it. Shut off the button and you are done till the next time. No cleaning by you.Sometimes you may want to put in some white vinegar if you smell anything. Otherwise that is all. Have fun. DON'T EVER PUT YOUR HAND IN THE DISPOSAL!!! Keep a strainer in your drain so no silverware will fall into it and get stuck and clog the drain. I do not put any cores in the drain such as from cabbage, apples, bones, or heavy peeling like from butternut squash.
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    Abby, you must be from NY.... Actually I'm just kidding; but, when I was a child--about a hundred years ago--I remember hearing that garbage disposals weren't "legal" in NYC because people could "dispose" of bodies that way.

    Welcome to CrackerCoast and to the the wonderful discovery of garbage disposals. Using them keeps rotting garbage out of your trash/garbage cans and I find them to be a great appliance. Don't put grease down them though as it could eventually clog them up.

    There are some helpful hints at this link for using your garbage disposal: http://www.horizonservicesinc.com/re...osal-dos-donts
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    Lucky you, we have a dishwasher and no GD and I miss it because I use a lot of fresh veggies that have peels and such .
    At the ranch were one might expect the septic system would have a higher burden with a disposal, the real reason is you want to prevent Bears from having interest in your trash .
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    Septic System..no disposal because the bacteria that only eat food that has been digested!
    Also limited bleach use as the bleach will kill the bacteria!
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    Default Re: First Time Living with a Garbage Disposal

    In the sink garbage disposals grind up what you put in there. Then all goes to the waste water treatment plant(s). There no "waste buckets" to empty with city disposal systems. Septic systems, like sundealer said, are special. Should you have a septic system try this web site. It is a good reference.

    http://www.adamshomes.com/blog-and-n...ic-tank-system

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    KathyinAR gave a great web site for the use and care. One thing I cannot stress enough is to grind ice cubes once in a while, great way to keep it running great for years
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    Grinding ice cubes is supposed to sharpen disposer blades. There are products that can be purchased in grocery store for "cleaning". A nasty sludge forms on the black collar at the mouth of the disposer and I keep an old toothbrush handy for cleaning that. We have poor sewage drainage so I am careful about what I put in the disposer.
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    OK WVKay, you received all the advice you need for the garbage disposal but here is one great bit of advice, THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS ON CRACKER COAST. Everyone here is happy to help any problem that arises or question. You will never find any nicer people then the ones here on cracker coast. Enjoy the fun here and welcome.
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    My garbage disposal just started leaking. Any recommendations an a specific model?

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    Do not put garbage in the garbage disposal. It will clog. My mother in law put paper plates and napkins in ours once. What a mess. She thought you could put all the garbage in it.

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    Love our garbage disposal, God forbid that I ever have to work on it. Also, I have seen self contained garbage disposals that empty into a container under the sink into a stainless steel container ( Kinda sickening). That was a long time ago and I wonder if those still exist in older apartments!!! You know what I'm talking about. I had one in the 80's. I hated them and they stunk very often.

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    Maybe I'm thinking of a COMPACTOR and maybe that is what it is, but they call it a disposal. I'd like to know though. Compactors are common as well. But mainly for paper, metal and plastic (dry waste), I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaleLambert View Post
    My garbage disposal just started leaking. Any recommendations an a specific model?
    It could just be a seal at the connection point or the tail piece, easy enough to replace, just saying
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    Default Re: First Time Living with a Garbage Disposal

    Yeah I would loosen the nuts and insure the pipe is fully inserted and re tighten , our trap occasionally loosens (gets knocked around by clumsy bafoons)to the point it will leak and that's what I have done.
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    Oh wow, thanks to all for the input! I had no idea my post would get this many hits!!! I really thought the food collected up somewhere and that it would fill and need emptying every so often. Have to say I'm glad that's not the case; I was NOT looking forward to that job!

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    Maybe I'm thinking of a COMPACTOR and maybe that is what it is, but they call it a disposal. I'd like to know though. Compactors are common as well. But mainly for paper, metal and plastic (dry waste), I believe.

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