Disposal leak

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by SteveW, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

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    I installed an Insinkerator Evolution disposer over the weekend - no apparent leaks at the the time but now has a small leak which seems to be coming from the flange. I used plumber's putty when putting in a new flange, tightened the screws evenly, etc. so not sure what's going on.

    Before I pull the unit and reinstall it, any suggestions? The instructions do call for plumber's putty, not silicone, and I have a cast iron sink. Do folks usually still use plumber's putty? Any other hints to get it leak free?

    Thanks.
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    I use putty and never have problems...

    Double check the locking ring make sure the 3 lugs are engaged and that it is tightened all the way. It's easy to miss alug and most people don't tighten them all the way.
  3. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

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    Thanks, Redwood - will check on that.
  4. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    You might want to use a jack to help lift the unit in place :p Sorry couldnt resist posting this picture.
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  5. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Ummm I can't think that would be good advice...

    Funny though...:D
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    jack

    Why would it be a good idea? You can buy a disposer jack, but it would just be one more thing you would have to find a place for in the truck. My knee is the only jack I have to use.
  7. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    I posted a link about the disposer jacks that Marco makes and sells in the other thread. It is funny that you say another thing to find a spot to keep it in the truck. I started out in a large dully Chevy with a compartmented utility body, went to a Chevy S10 then to a Full size pick up with a ARE uber tall cap, to a extended wheel bas Chevy van and now I am in a extra tall extra long sprinter van. In all reality I probably could work out of a mini van and be happy, but then I start getting jobs that needs the tools I had to leave in the garage, or need to transport an 80 gallon water heater. Kind of wish I can have both worlds a nice small service van, heading out repairing faucets and testing RPZs, but then I like to rod out sewers and do sewer repairs.
  8. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Mainlines and interceptors.... The smell of money!
  9. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    Flood controls. WHOOT! Just found out that Naperville the city I live in is reimbursing home owners 100% for the cost to install a flood control or over head sewers. Thing is they have to be on a block that has constant city sewer back ups to qualify.
  10. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

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    Don't laugh - kept leaking majorly even after resetting the flange with fresh plumber's putty and attempting to seat the disposer on the flange 3 times. Like Redwood said, must have kept missing one of the lug ears. I finally broke down and got out the scissors jack from the car and it worked.

    Maybe I'm a weenie but trying to hold a big, heavy Insinkerator Evolution Excel in place with one hand while turning the lug wheel with the other just wasn't working out.
  11. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    *snickers* Hey what ever works :)
  12. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Redwood don't need no stinkin jack...:cool:

    It works now, thats what counts!
  13. patrick88

    patrick88 Plumber

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    LOL
    that is so good.
  14. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Just as long as he didn't do the rest of the job like the guy who used the jack it should be okay...

    [​IMG]

    Hmmm...
    How about if you post a pic...:D
  15. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    jack

    I put my knee under the disposer and lift it with that. That way I have two hands to position the lock ring, and I do not have to hurry before my arm gets tired.
  16. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Embarrased to say but I learned this trick to install disposals from The Family Handyman. It was like using your knee but your foot. It worked great then one day I was too busy and held it in place, was not as awkward as before and I no longer use the foot! lol :eek:
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