Install Your Own Garbage Disposal

If you would love to have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, but you’re on a low budget. Then consider doing it your self, it’s a fairly simple installation that almost any one can accomplish!

The electrical connection might prove to be somewhat of a problem if you’ve never worked with wiring. But, if you’ve got a little bit of experience you won’t have any problems at all.

Garbage disposals come in several different sizes, you’ll need to make sure that the one you buy will fit underneath your sink. Just measure the space and take the measurements with you when you shop for a garbage disposal.

Have a small bucket handy to catch any standing water in the pipes or trap. Decide which side of the sink you want to install the disposal in. It’s best to install it in which ever side of the sink is closest to an electrical outlet.

If there’s not an electrical outlet under your sink anywhere, then you’ll either have to install one or have someone do it for you. The plug-in wires on disposals aren’t normally very long.

You’ll need to unhook the drain pipes under the sink. Remove the T-pipe and drain the water into a bucket, then remove the sink flange from the side you want to install the disposal into.

There will be a large nut that holds the flange into place, just loosen the nut and the sink strainer will slip out. Use a brush or blunt end object to remove all of the old putty and build up from the area.

Your disposal will come with a special flange that the mounting assembly will connect to. Before installing the new flange, put a line of plumber’s putty around it and then press it into place.

Now you’re ready to attach the upper mount to the flange. You can sit something heavy on top of the flange inside the sink to help hold it in place while fastening the mounting assembly.

Make sure you check the manufacturers instructions for the correct placement of the gaskets. Place the mount ring over bottom of the flange and tighten the screws. You want the mounting assembly to fit tight against the bottom of the sink.

Most garbage disposals require that you hook the power cord inside it. If you have an existing plug in close to the sink, this may be allow you to replace the cord with a longer one that will reach. Cords can be purchased at hardware stores in varying lengths. Just make sure the cord is a heavy duty one and the right voltage.

Remove the plate cover on the disposal and attach the wires. They are color coded and you just need to hook the same colors together. Bolt the wires down, so that they’ll stay in place and replace the cover.

If you’re running your garbage disposal through your dishwasher, you will need to make that connection now. Toward the top of the disposal there is an inlet, use a hammer to knock the plug out of the body of the disposal and remove the plug.

Following the directions included with the disposal, attach the hose for the dishwasher to the disposal unit. Now you’re ready to actually attach the disposal unit to the sink.

The disposal needs to be lined up with the mounting assembly, turn the ring until you get the assembly locked into place on the disposal. Check to make sure that the disposal is secure, if it’s loose you’ve not gotten in situated correctly on the mounting assembly.

Now you’re ready to hook up the discharge line to the unit, use the screws and gaskets included with the disposal. Turn the disposal so that it will line up with the discharge line and the waste trap.

These connections have to be tight and fit properly for your disposal to work correctly. If they’re not tight they will leak and if they’re not on correctly it may back up into your sink. If you’re using your dishwasher for the drain, connect that now.

Once you’ve gotten everything else connected, lock the disposal tightly in place. Plug in the power cord and test the disposal to make sure it’s not leaking and is working properly!