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Hardware Tip of the Week: A Very Disposable Tip; A Malfunctioning Garbage Disposal Can Mean A Messy Headache

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For the most part, garbage disposals are self-cleaning and virtually maintenance free.
However, a malfunctioning garbage disposal can mean a messy headache, but one that can be avoided. Here are some ideas to keep your unit in good working order.
Always run cold water when grinding in order to move the waste all the way through the drain lines.
Fats and grease congeal and harden in cold water which can then be flushed through the system. Don't use hot water when grinding because it can dissolve fats and grease, which may then accumulate in the drain line. Almost all biodegradable food waste can be fed into disposals.
However, do not throw down the disposal clam or oyster shells, corn husks or other material with a high fiber content.
Under no circumstances should you put glass, plastic or metal non-food materials through a disposal. This includes bottle caps, tin covers or aluminum foil--these are some of the items service technicians commonly find in clogged or broken disposals.
Maintenance is easy. Grinding small bones and egg shells actually helps clean the disposal by scraping away stubborn deposits or citric acid and pulp. Grinding a little ice is another way to clean out deposits and get rid of odors.
Bonus Tip: Ladder Extension:
If you’re constantly on a ladder for your job or around the house, you know that the higher up you go the more you need an extension ladder...for more than the obvious reason.
It’s also with the higher you climb, the bigger the problem it is going back and forth, or up and down. Getting tools, paint or brushes (and anything else you might have forgotten) is quite a chore.
After a while, it can get to be a very wearing experience, but there’s a solution.
Create a dual-sided moveable hanger device by first cutting a 5/8 or 1-inch dowel rod about 5 feet wide.
Then put a notch or two in each end, slide it through the hollow ladder rung at the height you’re working and hang buckets of paint or tools right where you need them. When you move, take them with you.
And That's the Tip of the week from Island Tackle & Hardware