Garbage disposal - salvageable or no?

Old 07-10-05, 04:56 PM
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Question Garbage disposal - salvageable or no?


I believe my garbage disposal has graduated from "jammed" to "deceased" status. What began as an interesting lesson about the durability of melon rinds is starting to look expensive.

At this point, I can reach in with a wooden dowel and manually turn the blades. I can also use an Allen wrench underneath to turn the shaft manually, and it spins freely in either direction. Looking down from the top while someone else turns the wrench, I can even see the center shaft spinning, but the blades don't go with it. They just bounce in place on top of the shaft.

The power works fine, but again, the shaft turns without the blades.

Is it possible to save it? It's a Sears Kenmore 6040 1/2 HP disposal. I'm not sure of the age (older than 2 years). Any help, even of the "He's dead, Jim" variety, would be appreciated.


Old 07-10-05, 05:56 PM
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Your the proud owner of a dead disposal.

Just buy a new one, and a electric cord along with 2 wire nuts at the same time, and you'll be back in business.

Run into problems, ask a question or 2 and someone will answer you...

Good luck.
Old 07-11-05, 06:04 AM
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Hmm. Well, I needed a new paperweight, anyway.

Thanks for the quick response!


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