Source: Family Handyman Magazine
By Everett from Hornell, NY 14843
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Oh and to respond to a archived post, those disposals will chop into a hand. Ours is called a bone crusher, they will chop up soft chicken bones and it will not "know" the difference between your hand and something else. Though I've stuck my hands in there several times, it needs the switch to "spring to life", if it does get turned on while your hand is in there, it can injure it and badly at that, so BE careful!
My husband, Joe the plumber (yep, his name really is Joe and he's a plumber), says never fill with potato peels, pasta or rice, it will gum that thing up like no tomorrow. No wrench or reset button will help it.
Don't flip out the next time your garbage disposal quits working. Press the little reset button most models have and it will usually start again. If that fails, and you can hear the thing humming when you turn it on, make sure the disposal is off, fish around inside it to see if anything is caught under the blades and try again.
If it still won't work, get an Allen wrench (one of those L- or S-shaped thing-a-ma-bobs) find one that fits tightly in the hole on bottom of your disposal, and turn it back and forth until it moves freely. Test it again and it usually works.
By TxTiket2Ride2 from Fort Worth, TX
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