Yep, it happened again.
We added to our appliance graveyard.
Our garbage disposal died.
Dead as a doornail. Toes up. Kicked the bucket.
Or more likely, was murdered. (queue sinister music here)
There was a large stone in it. It may have been there for a while because it was broken into smaller pieces that jammed into the grinding device.
We have no idea how it got there. The stone was too large to have come from anything we keep in the kitchen. It will be one of those mysteries of life.
We raced to our respective computers. I was on Amazon looking at reviews and the beloved husband was on the Home Depot site looking at their inventory.
Yes, we are going to replace it ourselves.
How hard could that be? (insert sinister laughing here)
I looked for phrases like “easy to install” and “quiet.” One review read, “I’m a 68-year-old woman and I did this myself in a half hour although it’s heavy to lift.” Hmmmm….
I’ve been to this rodeo before. I know it can produce a lot of bad words coming from under the sink. Sometimes there is blood spurting from wounds or black thumbnails.
(I really wanted to go somewhere….anywhere else.)
It’s a straight forward job if you could turn the sink upside down but you can’t. So you have to crawl upside down and shimmy into a small dark space to do it.
We bought the same model as the 68-year-old woman. She didn’t mention that she was an Amazon woman. Perhaps she was replacing the same brand and didn’t need to change the connections. I’m going with Amazon woman myself.
It didn’t take us a half hour. It took longer than that. In fact, so much longer that it’s embarrassing to say.
With the trip to purchase the new unit and of course the follow-up trip for something that you didn’t realize you needed, plus the installation and a cooling down period in the middle (for the human installer not the system), it took the better part of a day.
Amazon woman’s comment on lifting was not insignificant. It turns out that the unit is so heavy you can’t lift it with one hand (while you are lying on your back in the dark hole) and use the other to attach.
There was no room in there for another person with more hands! This was the point where the human installer got overheated.
After the cooling off period, a car jack was used and the rest was easy peasy.
We have replaced all the appliances except for the kitchen exhaust fan. I should start checking Amazon’s reviews for a replacement.
I am also happy to report that there was no plumber’s crack shown in the whole project!