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How to Replace a Garbage Disposer Splash Guard

Fix a torn splash guard on your garbage disposer by removing the disposer and installing a new guard. It's a quick and simple fix.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Replace the splash guard

Got a garbage disposer that spits, um, garbage at you? Forget about replacing the entire unit. You can install a new splash guard (about $10 at a home center) in about 20 minutes. You don’t need any special tools.

If your garbage disposer is hardwired, start by flipping off the circuit breaker. If it plugs in, unplug it. Stack up books or lumber to support the disposer. Then remove the drainpipe and disconnect the quick-connect fitting (Photo 1). Replace the old splash guard with a new one (Photo 2).

The hardest part of reinstallation is hoisting the disposer up and into place with one hand while you try to engage the locking ring with the other. Forget about that. Use our tip in Photo 3.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • 4-in-1 screwdriver

You'll also need a stack of books.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • New splash guard
    • Wood shims

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November 15, 6:26 PM [GMT -5]

The job is a lot easier with The Disposal Jack

November 15, 4:13 PM [GMT -5]

I have used a hydraulic bottle back and a piece of wood in place of the stack of books. It helps to compress the new splash guard slightly while you tighten the ring.

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