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You take it for granted, but previous generations did not know the conveniences of the garbage disposal and the dishwasher. No, they toiled away scraping food into the trash and washing dishes by hand. Then they joyously smiled as they scoured the porcelain kitchen sink clean while wearing special ceremonial cleaning dresses.

Now those days are gone in most areas of the country, and we are a pampered lot all used to our kitchen cleaning appliances. And of those appliances, the smallest and most powerful of all is the 1 HP garbage disposal.

Unlike your forefathers (OK, mostly foremothers) you take it for granted and dump tonight's leftovers down the drain while the garbage disposal works away. But did you ever think to know how it actually works or what is inside this thing?

Well I've demystified all that for you in the tutorial Anatomy of a Garbage Disposal. In it I'll show you how the garbage disposal works and what pieces and parts make up this little giant.

And for repairs and troubleshooting, don't forget to read the popular tutorial Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting. (Original title, yes?)


September 10, 2009 at 1:13 pm
(1) Leslie Hackmeister says:

How do you clean and sanitize the under side of the rubber.

September 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm
(2) Barbara says:

Special cerimonial cleaning dresses? Do you possibly mean an APRONJ? Is this more of the escalation of language? Where we say hearing impaired instead of deaf, or media consultant instead of librarian, and so on and so on. And by the way there are still millions of us who wear APRONS everyday and some of us are in our 20′s!

September 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm
(3) homerepair says:

Hey Barbara, these are special ceremonial cleaning dresses, as in “A JOKE” about a vintage ad!

Humor. Try it!

If your life is so unfulfilled that you have to get your apron all wound up in a knot reading a tongue in cheek blog post that tries to lighten up a dry subject like talking about garbage disposals, then that’s just sad.

Sorry, no political correctness conspiracies here.

November 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm
(4) Ted says:

Good stuff. I just had a clog in the line and the company that cleaned the line said that I should limit my use of the disposal to the crumbs left on the plate after scrapping into the trash. Otherwise, I will have built up in my line again. Their only recommendation is to replace the joint where the clog occurred from a vent 90 to a sweeping 90, but would still recommend limited disposal use. The line in question is 7 years old. What gives? How do I keep the line from build up?


December 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm
(5) Pati says:

Homerepair, I LOVED your tongue in cheek “special ceremonial cleaning dresses” ! HILARIOUS !!! In fact, I’m going to post on Facebook & ask WHO still wears special ceremonial cleaning dresses !! LOLOL

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