easy way to remove punchout on disposal?already installed

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by qkrinkle, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. qkrinkle

    qkrinkle New Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    i'm a dork.

    i put my new disposer in and worked like a champ. tried the dishwasher and got niagra falls from the sink overflow.

    guess i didn't remove the dishwasher punchout, huh? is there an easy way to do this or is it an hour long process of hammering a screwdriver blindly into the hole?

    thanks! :confused:
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    It is a one minute job with a hammer and screwdriver. Just insert the screwdriver against one side of the KO and hit it with the hammer. It should pop out, but if not repeat it on the other side. Be sure to remove the slug from the disposer afterwards.
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  4. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    Aug 7, 2005
    I usually just knocked it out with my channel locks and a screw driver. It comes out quite easily.

    If you can't get your hand inside to remove the knock out, put some putty on the handle of a screwdriver, reach in and grab it.
  5. qkrinkle

    qkrinkle New Member

    Jun 23, 2006

    thanks, i'll try it.
  6. qkrinkle

    qkrinkle New Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    now i know why...

    you said to use a screwdriver w/ putty to remove the fallen plug. got my big fat middle finger stuck inside the hole trying to get the plug out. luckily i had a can of wd40 under the sink so i sprayed the heck outta my stuck finger and got it loose.

    oh, but the putty fell off the screwdriver and i had to turn off the power and reach in to get the plug AND the putty.

    but all is well now and this 8 1/2 month pregnant woman can now wash dishes properly-in the dishwasher! :)
  7. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

    Nov 8, 2005
    Hansville, Washington
    Aren't you up to 8 3/4 by now? Good job!
  8. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    I usually use a long needlenose pliers to extract stuff from a disposal-- along with a flashlight--so I can see where to grab hold of.
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