In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how to install a garbage disposal.
1 Turn off the electrical power to the garbage disposal; use tester to ensure power is off.
2 Disconnect the electrical cable from the underside of the disposal.
3 Unbolt the drainpipe from the side of disposal.
4 Loosen locking ring and remove the old disposal.
5 Unscrew the mounting ring from underside of sink.
6 Remove the locking ring with a screwdriver.
7 Push out the sink flange from the drain hole in sink; clean away old putty.
8 Apply bead of plumber's putty around sink flange, then set it in drain hole.
9 Reattach mounting ring to underside of sink; tighten the screws.
10 Remove excess putty from around top of sink flange.
11 Reconnect the electrical cable to the disposal.
12 Attach the disposal to locking ring; tighten with screwdriver
13 Connect the tailpiece and rubber gasket for the drain line to the disposal.
1 to 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Working in the cramped quarters beneath a sink can be uncomfortable, but you're not there for very long
used to remove the old disposal unit, and install the new one
used to loosen and tighten hex-head mounting screws
used to ensure the electrical power is off
1. Garbage disposal