disposal switch trouble :(

Old 12-30-00, 10:05 PM
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I recently replaced our plug-in garbage disposal, as i believed the engine burned out(five year old house). After the simple installation of the disposal I flipped the switch and no juice. I plugged in a mini fan and determined that the outlet must have been burned out! Of course I realized at this point I just spent $75 for nothing...oh well!
After replacing the outlet I flipped the switch...no juice. O.K. must need a new switch, only the third trip to the store and another .75 cents! Time for the switch test...plug it in....and now it runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week!
That's the problem though, how do i turn it off? It's becoming quite a pain to crawl under the sink to plug in the disposal every time it needs to be used...and then unplugging it as well! Is there a special switch i need for operating this kind of appliance, the one i bought was a generic wall switch, or what could be my problem? Thanks for your help!
Old 12-30-00, 10:32 PM
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I'm not an electrician, but it sounds like you just wired your switch wrong.
Your new single-pole switch should have two brass screws on the side.
The incoming and outgoing black (hot) wires go on the brass screws on the switch (that's how the switch breaks the circuit..as in on-off); your white (neutral) wires are wire-nutted together; and your bare ground wires are wire-nutted together and to the green screw on the box (if metal).
Give that a shot. If THAT doesn't solve your problem, come back here and ask one of the electrical pros.
Good Luck!
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Your switch is wired wrong...

I agree with Old Guy...the switch is probably wired wrong and CAUTION...you may have the hot side wired to the disposal Common side and if it's not grounded>>>yeehah !!

Old 12-31-00, 04:01 AM
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When you replace the outlet were there only two wires in the box? A black and a white? I'm thinking you may have a split outlet... A split outlet has constant power to one side and switched power to the other.
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Got It! The outlet needed to have the brass connector on the black/hot side snapped off. handyone was right, in that doing this dedicates one outlet to full power, for the dishwasher, and the other to switched power for the garbage disposal!

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