Eight Do’s and Don’ts for DIY Garbage Disposal Replacement

If you have ever owned a home with a garbage disposal in the kitchen, then you know they don’t last forever and will eventually need replacing.  The person at Home Depot said they last about 10 years.  We’ve been in our home for 14 and we just now had to install a new one.  We don’t know how long it was in the place before we moved in.  A mid-range new unit runs over $100.00. ($149.00 to be exact.)  If you are anything like we are, you will want to save on the installation if possible.  My husband and I spent some time replacing our garbage disposal yesterday, and I wanted to share a few things that we learned in the process. .

1. Watch this video before you start. Make your husband watch it too. If he is anything like mine, he will not want to but he admitted afterwards that he was glad he did. It gives you a list of all of the tools and materials you will need in order to install your new unit.

2. Look at the unit you will be replacing and how it is connected. Determine the correct size of the unit you will be replacing before purchasing a new one.

3. Will you need to purchase an installation kit as the video says? Don’t let the salesperson at your local home improvement store talk you out of it if you think you need one. If you end up not using it, you can always return it. It will save you a trip to the store in the middle of the process.

We purchased our new disposal without doing any of this beforehand and it resulted in two trips to Home Depot while we were installing the new unit. The first trip was for the salesperson to talk my husband out of getting an installation kit, and the second was actually to purchase the kit. What should have taken an hour at the most, took four instead.

4. Read the installation instructions that come with your new unit. Again, your husband won’t want to do this, but trust me…he won’t be sorry if he does.

5. Do not believe the person at Home Depot when he says it will be simple. In theory, it is, but you know the person that made the video I shared used the art of editing before he posted it! Duh!

In retrospect, the most difficult part of the installation was hanging the new unit.  They are heavy and neither my husband nor I were able to hold it up in place long enough in order to connect it.  I have no upper body strength, and my husband has a physical condition that prevents him from lifting his arms over his head.  Just as I was admitting defeat and calling my son for help, my husband gave it, one last shot and got it connected.

6. Learn to cuss. As a young child, I used to watch my father do things around the house like work on plumbing, etc. Things always seemed to go better when Daddy cussed. I tried this myself once and it worked. I think my husband  cussed just as the disposal unit finally slipped into place.

7. Maintain a sense of humor throughout the process.

So, four hours, a migraine and a stiff neck later, I have a new garbage disposal!  We saved at least $100.00 by installing it ourselves.

8. I almost forgot to mention one last thing we learned while replacing our garbage disposal and you should remember while you are replacing yours. When the old unit is disconnected and the new one not yet attached…remember…DO. NOT. Turn. On. The. Water! Unless, of course, you mean to mop your kitchen floor in the process.

So here is my creation for today.  It uses an oldie but goodie stamp set Thoughts and Prayers.

All Occasions Class Thinking of You

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!





Mosaic Thank You & “Gofur” Status

I’m back! I know it has been two weeks since I last posted. I am still here, just a little behind, that’s all. 🙂

Last Friday, May 23, was my official last day of school for this year. I had stuff created and ready for posting, I just hadn’t done any photographing. Also, since it was the holiday weekend, my husband and I spent it by taking a trip to Glenwood Springs, CO with a couple we know. The weather was GORGEOUS! And, the hot springs was awesome. It was nice to get away even though it was just an overnight trip. I needed a day of rest and relaxation by the pool after the long school year. I can’t believe that next year when I go back, it will be my last year of teaching after 17 years. I’ve decided to retire and start a new chapter in my life. I expect you will be expecting me to create and post things a little more often. I think I might be able to manage it.

We got home from Glenwood Springs last Sunday evening. On Monday, even though it was a holiday, I got right to work. And it has been non-stop all week! It culminated yesterday with my husband and I with a great deal of help from my 26-year-old son, constructing a storage shed in our backyard.

My husband and I got this crazy idea that we needed a backyard shed because as we were cleaning out the garage on Tuesday, we couldn’t believe how much “stuff” we’ve accumulated over the 13 years we’ve been married.  So…on Wednesday we went to COSTCO and bought one of their Lifetime sheds.  It looked easy enough to assemble.  After getting my son to haul it to our home in his truck, we started talking.  “Yes”, he said, “you do need a foundation to set it on. You can’t just set it up on the ground.”  Ok, so much for getting by with spending a “little” money.  On Friday, he came back with his truck and we went to Home Depot to buy everything we needed to build a foundation.  We started right to work building this shed as soon as we got home.  That’s when my life changed.  I became the “Gofur”.  I had to gofur this tool, and that tool, and this thing and that thing, along with sitting on this board to hold it steady while my son drilled and hammered, and standing on that one while he did the same.  I hate being the gofur.  I was the gofur when I was a kid whenever my dad did anything outside around the house.  Gofur status is for kids; not adults.  That’s why you have kids in the first place anyway, isn’t it?  🙂 So they can be your personal slaves, like when you sit down on the couch in the evening and you can’t find the remote so you say to your child, “Where did you put the remote?  You better find it for me right now!”  My dad had a remote, way back in the 60’s when I was a child, even before remotes were invented!  It was me.  He’d sit in front of the televesion, walk right past it to get to his chair, and he would yell, “Josanna…come and turn on the tv. No, I don’t want to watch that; change the station.”  At any rate…we got the foundation and the walls of the shed erected yesterday and today I could hardly move.  My body hasn’t bent and turned and twisted into the positions I was in yesterday in ages.  As we were building, I mentioned that this shed would make a great apartment for my daughter.  That’s another story that I will tell next time.  Enough of this…you are here to see my creation. Well, here it is.

Mosaic Thank You

Here’s what I used on this card.

Strawberry Slush Card Stock   131295

Whisper White Card Stock   100730

Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper  130141

Strawberry Slush Classic Ink 131178

Daffodil Delight Classic Ink   126944

Mosaic Madness Stamp Set  130246-wood/130249-clear

Petit Pairs Stamp Set  128706-wood/122497-clear

Mosaic Punch  131267

Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons   127555

Whisper White Baker’s Twine   124262

Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder  129984

Tea Lace Paper Doilies   129399

That’s all of it.  Everything from the new Annual Catalog is available now through my online store.  Hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!