Garbage disposal removal

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Jef, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. Jef

    Jef New Member

    Jan 5, 2005
    There is a Sears garbage disposal under my sink that I would like to remove and replace with drain pipes and just use both sinks.
    The garbage disposal is at least 12 years old. It's about 12 inches in diameter.

    No one at the Menards near me can tell me how to remove it. I've looked at others and they just appear to twist off from the bracket attached to the bottom of the sink. However, mine seems extremely hard to loosen.

    Is there a trick or special tool used to remove garbage disposals? Thanks
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Most Sears disposers are made by ISE which means they have a "twist mount flange" and you just rotate it counterclockwise to remove it. If it is one made by a different company then there are many possibilities as to how to remove it. If it was made by GE for example, (in which case it would be a true "Disposal"), then it has four spring latches and the easiest way to get it off is to break them. Others have large plastic nuts that screw
    off or release a bayonet mount.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 26, 2007
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  4. Jef

    Jef New Member

    Jan 5, 2005
    HJ -
    Thank you. When I'm not sure how to do something, I tend to err more on the side of caution.

    The garbage disposal appears to be the twist-on type. I will give it another try. Thanks again.
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    The ISE clamp has (I think) three tubluar openings (maybe more) around the flange. If you have their allen wrench, it will fit into that opening, and you can use that as a lever to unscrew the clamp. Once that is loose, it is a piece of cake to replace. If the drain in the sink is okay, you can just replace the disposer and the rubber seal at the top from the new one. A scrub like maybe a Brillo pad will probably make the old one look new.
  6. Jef

    Jef New Member

    Jan 5, 2005

    Jad, thanks. The allen wrench worked. Removed disposal and replaced with drain. Thanks again:)
  7. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    I normally use a long phillips screwdriver for leverage when turning the clamp... But when it's frozen on, I use a hammer and cold chisel to break it loose.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2007
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