First, let me preface this story with the fact that I have almost no mechanical aptitude. My dad was an engineer and I swear if those genes run in a family, they skip a generation. I failed screw driving 101 and cannot hammer a nail without straightening it out 3 times. My dad would never let me touch power tools (unless they were unplugged) and I was handing them to him.
But there comes a time in every guy’s life where he needs to prove himself …. That came last week when our garbage disposal gave up the ghost. Now at least I had the internet to guide me. So I Googled, Utubed, Binged, and asked “Jeeves”! I was ready. I ordered the exact same garbage disposal as the one I was replacing to make the job a little easier. It arrived, I opened the box. Inside was my garbage disposal, but this one had plug -in cord! I looked at the box; it was a Whirlaway 191c, and not the Whirlaway 191 I had ordered. I’m guessing the “C” meant that it was corded. When I asked “Jeeves” (my internet buddy) he told me they were all direct wired. Now what? “Jeeves” would not answer. Ok looking at the disposal, the rest of it appeared exactly the same. If I could only remove that cord, I could direct wire it. The cord had one of those globs of rubber on each side of the cord where it connected to the garbage disposal. Long story short, an hour later and with much consternation, I had removed the plug in cord (with the globs of rubber) and now it looked just liked my old direct wire garbage disposal. I was ready.
I followed the directions to the T! I removed the old disposal and installed the new, checking all the connections, making sure there were no leaks, that the water went down, that old food (which we had some of since it took a while for me to understand what “Jeeves” was saying to me on the installation (and because I was stalling on installing the disposal)) ground up nicely. I was very proud of myself. It was EASY, replacing the existing disposal with the exact same model meant there no new water supply or disposal lines to fabricate, just hook it all up to the existing connections!
I told my wife, we’re going out to dinner to celebrate. She was all for that so she turned on the dishwasher and we left for dinner. Now some of you may be saying to him or herself, I wonder if he……….. Well, I didn’t!
After a nice dinner out, we returned home. My wife was first in the house. She walked into the kitchen and the next words I heard were, “hey boy genius!” Now, I’ve heard those words before during our marriage and they did not have a nice connotation. Upon entering the kitchen, there was water ……everywhere. Not only had the dishwasher run, my wife had used the “Pots & Pans” cycle, meaning that there were EXTRA washes and EXTRA rinses. My wife left me standing there with the words “It’s all yours!”
Hours (and many, many, many wet towels) later I had finally cleaned up the water. But what was the problem??? I timidly turned on the dishwasher to see what would happen. It worked fine………. Until it started to drain! Water stated spouting from that thing on top of the sink, shooting everywhere. I quickly turned off the dishwasher, cleaned up the water (again) and went looking under the sink for the source of my problem. Couldn’t see a thing wrong. Ok, where’s the directions. Oh yeah, they were in the trash that was now covered with wet paper towels and more trash. Ok time to trash can dive. Found the soggy garbage disposal instructions and it appeared that I had followed them exactly. Wait, what’s this thing called a “knock-out” plug? Upon further reading the directions, they stated “if you are connecting a dishwasher to the garbage disposal, make sure you remove the knock-out plug. (That instruction was in fine print!) “Jeeves” never said anything about a knock-out plug. Sure enough, when I removed the drain line from the dishwasher that connected to the garbage disposal and stuck my finger in there, there it was. Then I found out you just can’t knock-out the knock-out, reconnect and you’re fine. No, when you knock- out the knock-out plug, the knocked- out plug goes inside the garbage disposal! That knocked me out! I was NOT going to ask my wife (who probably had small enough hands to fit inside the disposal to get the knocked out knock out plug out of the disposal) she’d probably knock me out. So, after an hour later (seemed much longer) spent removing the disposal and turning it upside down to remove the knocked out knock out plug I had completed the garbage disposal installation.
You can be sure I stayed with the dishwasher through the next ENTIRE wash!