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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Fix That Garbage Disposal Fast!

Fix That Garbage Disposal Fast!

Oh no! You’re about the have a party and the garbage disposal stopped working. Now what?

It is probably because you were cooking and cramming too much down the drain that something got stuck, keeping the flywheel from turning. First, make sure it is turned off before you try any of these steps.

Try the reset button located on the bottom of the disposal. If that doesn’t work, look for the hex wrench that may have come with the disposal. Insert it into the hex socket on the bottom of the disposal and turn. If there is no hex socket, grab a broom handle, place it in the disposal, and push against one of the raised nubs (impellers) on top of the flywheel. You’ll be able to find one of those by just moving the broom handle around (no fingers, please). If you’re able to move it with the hex wrench or the broom handle, you may have freed the wheel and solved the problem.

If these three things don’t work, you’ll need professional help.

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