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Einleitung

Water damage is one of the most difficult disasters to deal with. A leaking sink can flood your cabinets, create mold, and cause thousands of dollars of damage. I have prepared a relatively simple and inexpensive fix to repair a leaking garbage disposal without the hassle of calling a plumber and spending a larger amount of money. This fix requires a screwdriver, a hammer or chisel, and Plumber's Putty.

  1. Unplug the garbage disposal from the power source. Be sure to place the wall plug  in a dry location for the duration of the fix.
    • Unplug the garbage disposal from the power source.

    • Be sure to place the wall plug in a dry location for the duration of the fix.

  2. Loosen and disconnect the dishwasher drain hose from the garbage disposal unit by loosening the clamp and removing the screws with a flathead screwdriver. Pull the gray tube from the disposal.
    • Loosen and disconnect the dishwasher drain hose from the garbage disposal unit by loosening the clamp and removing the screws with a flathead screwdriver.

    • Pull the gray tube from the disposal.

  3. Remove the three screws from the  flange at the top of the garbage disposal unit. These screws are at the top right above the black disposal box. Disconnect the lock-nut at the flange.
    • Remove the three screws from the flange at the top of the garbage disposal unit. These screws are at the top right above the black disposal box.

    • Disconnect the lock-nut at the flange.

    • Adequate lighting is imperative for this step.

  4. Use the screwdriver to turn the locking ring counter clock-wise, disengaging the drain hose and disposal. You will be able to hear the locking ring come undone after pushing it forcefully to the left.
    • Use the screwdriver to turn the locking ring counter clock-wise, disengaging the drain hose and disposal.

    • You will be able to hear the locking ring come undone after pushing it forcefully to the left.

    • The disposal will drop down—be sure to catch the disposal and place on the bottom of the sink.

    • Move from underneath the sink to the top of the sink.

  5. To remove the flange, push from underneath the sink with one hand and pull it out through the top of the sink with your other hand. Scrape off ALL excess putty from the flange and the sink.
    • To remove the flange, push from underneath the sink with one hand and pull it out through the top of the sink with your other hand.

    • Scrape off ALL excess putty from the flange and the sink.

  6. Remove a small ball of putty and roll into a golf ball shape. Roll the putty flat into a snakelike shape, approximately 3/4 inch diameter. Be sure that the putty is long enough to wrap completely around the flange.
    • Remove a small ball of putty and roll into a golf ball shape.

    • Roll the putty flat into a snakelike shape, approximately 3/4 inch diameter.

    • Be sure that the putty is long enough to wrap completely around the flange.

  7. Wrap the putty around the flange and place the flange back into the sink. Press down hard into the sink and remove any excess Plumber's Putty.
    • Wrap the putty around the flange and place the flange back into the sink.

    • Press down hard into the sink and remove any excess Plumber's Putty.

  8. Reassemble the flange and garbage disposal by reversing these steps.
    • Reassemble the flange and garbage disposal by reversing these steps.

    • Put a sink stopper in and fill up the sink approximately halfway.

    • Remove the stopper and check underneath the sink to make sure there are no leaks.

Abschluss

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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How do you stop the flange screws from backing out? Fixed it yesterday and screws were loose already this evening…help…

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