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    Kitchen sink garbage disposal not working

    So my kitchen sink garbage disposal gave out apparently. Went to flip the switch, and nothing. The outlets on the same panel have power to them. it looks wired up fine. Went down and flipped the circuit breaker for it a few times. Still nothing. Anyone have any experience troubleshooting or replacing these things?
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    there is a "reset" button on the machine somewhere, try that (usually a little red button). Also sometimes something small with make it "seize" and you need to just take the wrench and turn it to un seize it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surreal View Post
    there is a "reset" button on the machine somewhere, try that (usually a little red button). Also sometimes something small with make it "seize" and you need to just take the wrench and turn it to un seize it.
    What she said. They're pretty easy to remove, just unplug it before you do anything. You should have a little allen wrench looking thing around that came with the disposal so you can manually crank it around and remove anything that is stuck.

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    Oh unplug it! Det you are just never going to walk on the wild side are you?

    And my last problem with the disposal was because when I was digging through the junk under the sink I bumped the plug enough to cut the power
    But I'm sure that's not what you did

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    Quote Originally Posted by surreal View Post
    Oh unplug it! Det you are just never going to walk on the wild side are you?

    And my last problem with the disposal was because when I was digging through the junk under the sink I bumped the plug enough to cut the power
    But I'm sure that's not what you did


    My last problem was a dime that conveniently plunked in.

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    Oh yah that will stop it ..

    well

    on a dime!

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    interesting, didnt know that was there. Now it will reset itself after a second or two of flipping the switch. Almost as if it can't get the motor to start up. Think it's jammed/clogged?

    just walked up to the fiancee's place, but I'll be back home tonight to take it apart.
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    Sounds jammed to me. Sure you don't have a dime in there?


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    Broom handles work well for unjamming them. turn it counter clockwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixf00t4 View Post
    interesting, didnt know that was there. Now it will reset itself after a second or two of flipping the switch. Almost as if it can't get the motor to start up. Think it's jammed/clogged?

    just walked up to the fiancee's place, but I'll be back home tonight to take it apart.
    Oh geeze don't take it apart! You just need to stick your hand in there and find what is stopping the blade from spinning.
    Trust me If your hand is too big, get someone else to help
    A popcorn kernel jamming in there just right could stop it, it could be a lot of things, all of which you can remedy without taking it apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunyadam View Post
    Broom handles work well for unjamming them. turn it counter clockwise.
    A broom handle? OMG talk about overkill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by surreal View Post
    Oh geeze don't take it apart! You just need to stick your hand in there and find what is stopping the blade from spinning.
    Trust me If your hand is too big, get someone else to help
    A popcorn kernel jamming in there just right could stop it, it could be a lot of things, all of which you can remedy without taking it apart.
    Yup, most of the time you don't need to remove the disposal. Although there are those occasions... *cough* dime *cough* when you have to remove it.

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    Only wimps unplug things before working on them!

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    +1 for det. spun it around manually with the allen wrench a few rotations, and all is well. I owe you a beer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by surreal View Post
    A broom handle? OMG talk about overkill!
    broom handles are expendable, Fingers not so much.

    Me i would probably grab a socket extension, and a breaker bar.

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    You are all wussies. Anyone knows that a stubborn garbage disposal just needs to be wired to 220v for MORE POWER.
    this post contains small bits of intelligence culminating to the appearance of wisdom.

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    Always keep the allen wrench taped to the side of your disposer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixf00t4 View Post
    +1 for det. spun it around manually with the allen wrench a few rotations, and all is well. I owe you a beer!
    I'll take you up on that in August if you're going to be in Pittsburgh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixf00t4 View Post
    +1 for det. spun it around manually with the allen wrench a few rotations, and all is well. I owe you a beer!
    WTH?? +1 for DET????

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    Quote Originally Posted by surreal View Post
    WTH?? +1 for DET????


    I was wondering how long it would take you to notice!

    Of course I'm the one who told him to unplug it!

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