Replace the splash guard
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Photo 1: Disconnect the disposer
Jam a screwdriver into the locking ring and
rotate it away from you. The disposer will
drop onto the books. Support it with one
hand so it doesn’t tip over.
2 of 3
Photo 2: Replace the splash guard
Grab the lower edge of the old rubber guard and peel it up and off.
Then slip the new one on and push it down until it seats.
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Photo 3: Reconnect the disposer
Shove several shims between the books and the bottom of the
disposer until the locking ring just touches the sink flange. Then
just rotate the ring to lock it in place. Reinstall the drain line, do a
leak test and grind away.
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.