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Old 06-03-2009, 09:41 AM
 
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hello,
my garbage disposal started leaking last week from the bottom......it's an older one but seems like it's in good shape.....

is it worth openning it up and trying to fix it? or is it better to just replace it?

ps. it leaks only when used. and the water that drips from it stinks! lol
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:06 AM
 
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I just replace it really if its old.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:14 AM
 
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Over 2-5 years just replace. They're $40 on the low end and $100's on the high end. You can find something to suit your needs. I would get the flexible crossover if you need a crossover pipe. You'll also need some plumbers putty unless the mount is the exact same and even then it's not worth it to just leave it, you'll end up taking it apart again to repair the leaking mount.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Over 2-5 years just replace. They're $40 on the low end and $100's on the high end. You can find something to suit your needs. I would get the flexible crossover if you need a crossover pipe. You'll also need some plumbers putty unless the mount is the exact same and even then it's not worth it to just leave it, you'll end up taking it apart again to repair the leaking mount.
I would agree with BigJon. Does your existing disposer say "Badger" on it anywhere? If so you can probably get a brand new one at Home Depot for the price of a service call.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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Replace it, and don't try to clear clogs in the new one with chemical drain cleaners.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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Replace it, and don't try to clear clogs in the new one with chemical drain cleaners.
i don't think i ever had a clog....never used chem. drain cleaners.
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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i don't think i ever had a clog....never used chem. drain cleaners.
Did with one of mine and ruined it over time for the aforementioned reasons. Didn't want you or anyone else following my lead. There are other causes of failure, but that is a big one.
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:37 AM
 
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Did with one of mine and ruined it over time for the aforementioned reasons. Didn't want you or anyone else following my lead. There are other causes of failure, but that is a big one.
good point. thanks :-)
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Old 06-03-2009, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I have had them leak and usually found them easy to repair. You just need to find the leak. It is most likely one of the hoses or the connection to the sink. However if it is really old, it may be prudent just to replace it as long at you are going to mess with it. Be careful though. Some of the older ones are btetter than anything available now. Depends on what quality it was when new.

If you replace it, I would not waste moeny on stainless steel, you are getting the same disposal, it just looks prettier underneath your sink than a painted one. Your plumber may be impressed (or he may decide that you like to waste money, so he should charge you more) but otherwise ther eis no advantage to stainless.
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:59 PM
 
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Another leak source: something that is strong than the teeth. I've seen hairline cracks caused by beer caps, I also agree with the above.
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