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Should You Do Your Garbage Disposal Installation By Yourself?

While a garbage disposal might seem like an insignificant element in your kitchen, it’s actually one of the most useful ones. With a fully functioning modern garbage disposal, you can get rid of food in an efficient and easy way. This makes cooking and cleaning your kitchen easier than ever before. Whether you want a garbage disposal, or simply want to replace your current one, you have the option of installing your garbage disposal by yourself. But, does that mean you should? Continue reading to decide whether you should do your garbage disposal installation by yourself.

garbage disposal installationGather Materials

Gathering materials is the first step you’re going to have to take if you decide to do your own garbage disposal installation. In order to get an exact list of the materials you need, do some research about what kind of garbage disposal is right for you and the tools you need to install that kind of garbage disposal.

Generally, you should expect to purchase a garbage disposal, which can cost anywhere from $50 to $250. Also, you’ll need a screwdriver, wrench, and putty. While you might only need a screwdriver and wrench, it’s advised you have access to a standard tool kit in case you discover you need a different sized screwdriver or another tool.

Do Your Research

After collecting your materials, be sure to do extensive research on how you can do your garbage disposal installation. Since this isn’t a common project, it’s important you have a full understanding on how to adequately remove your old garbage disposal and safely install your new one.

Install Your Garbage Disposal

Once you feel confident in your understanding of how to install a new garbage disposal, test your skills by doing the installation. It’s important to note that it will probably take a decent amount of time to complete the installation process. So, make sure you plan your installation for a day you have a lot of free time.

Try It

After installing your garbage disposal, try to use it. This is the final test because you will be able to identify whether or not you adequately installed your garbage disposal.

Hire a Plumber

After reading this, you might think that a DIY garbage disposal installation is completely doable. While some homeowners have successfully installed their own garbage disposals, it usually doesn’t go smoothly. The reality is, installing your own garbage disposal is difficult, time consuming, and costly. Often, homeowners have to hire a plumber to fix their garbage disposal after they have attempted to install it themselves. That’s why it’s a better idea to skip the DIY part, and simply hire a plumber to do your entire installation.