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- - By greenie (Pea counting punk) [us] Date 2012-06-18 11:41 AM
I'm gonna be replacing ours this weekend since it broke.  Everything I see online says it'll take an hour.

What say you?  How long does it actually take?
Parent - - By elmtree Date 2012-06-18 11:43 AM
What is being counted in the time it actually takes?  Already purchased?  Out of the packaging?  Trip to hardware store because you don't have exactly the right wrench?

I say 2.5 hours.
Parent - - By greenie (Pea counting punk) [us] Date 2012-06-18 11:47 AM
This isn't a predict my time.  I just wonder, once you get started, how long it actually takes?
Parent - By elmtree Date 2012-06-18 11:48 AM
Oh, damn.  I have no idea then, though my neighbor who has no damn idea what he's doing with this stuff says it took him 3.5 hours to replace theirs, and that included three trips to the hardware store (walking distance) to get advice/tools. 

PM Ishmael if he doesn't see this. 
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2012-06-18 11:50 AM
I think it will take you 3.25 hours including a break for some delicious air popped popcorn.
Parent - By adamswims (FAT, ICE CREAM EATING FUCKER!) Date 2012-06-18 11:49 AM
No clue. Some unwarranted advice though...make sure you have some type of eye protection while working under the sink.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2012-06-18 11:49 AM
Make sure that any pipes are not made of a material that will throw your wife into a panic.
Parent - - By greenie (Pea counting punk) [us] Date 2012-06-18 12:04 PM
I've got a pipe that would throw your wife into a panic.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2012-06-18 12:07 PM
:laugh::laugh:
Parent - By cutter [us] Date 2012-06-18 12:24 PM
MINT.
Parent - - By Hello Newman (PERVERT!!) [us] Date 2012-06-18 11:51 AM
45 minutes after the flux capasitor is installed.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2012-06-18 11:52 AM
Assuming he doesn't need extra Johnson rods 45 minutes could be accurate.
Parent - - By whollymoly (manliest boy) Date 2012-06-18 11:53 AM
a fortnight
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2012-06-18 11:57 AM
I say less because he lives less than a furlong from the hardware goods shop.
Parent - - By whollymoly (manliest boy) Date 2012-06-18 11:57 AM
pish posh!  I challenge you to a duel!
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2012-06-18 11:59 AM
I say GOOD DAY, sir!:mutmad:
Parent - By whollymoly (manliest boy) Date 2012-06-18 12:02 PM
brickbats at forty paces!
Parent - - By george [us] Date 2012-06-20 6:24 AM
But can he carry a firkin of material to and fro without becoming fatigued?
Parent - By whollymoly (manliest boy) Date 2012-06-20 4:38 PM
Excellent query by George!
Parent - By JimGo1 Date 2012-06-18 12:02 PM
Garbage disposals are easy for homeowners to install themselves. Garbage disposals are to be easily installed to homeowners themselves. Careful measurements are necessary to get the right size to fit the old plumbing Waterfall Faucets faucets structure. Careful measurements are required in order to get the right size taps, fit the old sanitary structure.
Parent - - By squirrelgirl (Indian Buffet Queen) Date 2012-06-18 12:22 PM
I dunno but I've heard that bathroom sink faucets are to be easily installed.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2012-06-18 12:23 PM
I hope that Mandela will give greenie a hand.
Parent - By soundandfury (100 mile stud) Date 2012-06-18 12:25 PM
Did it once in less than an hour. Replacing is easier than installing.
Parent - By Zippy [us] Date 2012-06-18 12:47 PM
Easily done in an hour IF, everything is inplace and the existing installation is as it should be AND things come apart as they should, etc.  But that IF is huge in home ownership, the smallest issue could add hours on to the job.  So, I got no answer for you.
Parent - By runnergirl4 (BJ Queen) Date 2012-06-18 12:47 PM
If you already had one in place it will take about 30 min.  My landlord is a home repair idiot and he did it in 30 so you should be safe.  Just remember to pop out the little plug where the dishwasher connects.
Parent - By neustkg (Important) Date 2012-06-18 1:15 PM
Are you using everything in the box (replacement sink flange, too?)?  If you are swapping out just the under the counter disposal, less than an hour w/electrical connection included.  If you need to replace the sink flange it could take longer as that can be a PITA.
Parent - By txredd (Redd Hawt!) [us] Date 2012-06-18 1:26 PM
45 minutes.  If that.
Parent - By stillrunning (El Corredor) Date 2012-06-18 1:39 PM
I say you will be done in an hour to 90 minutes.
Parent - - By Fyodorox (he ho) Date 2012-06-18 2:29 PM
Given that the drain lines under most kitchen sinks are a mouse's sneeze away from starting to leak, you'll be under that thing, off and on, for the next week.
Parent - - By greenie (Pea counting punk) [us] Date 2012-06-18 2:38 PM

>you'll be under that thing, off and on, for the next week.


We're not talking about your mom.
Parent - By Fyodorox (he ho) Date 2012-06-18 2:42 PM
dammit
Parent - By mkh (Mr. Fashionista) [us] Date 2012-06-18 2:40 PM
Depends on how many beers you have with it, but I've heard 40 mins or so.
Parent - - By sack_man (I'm glad I don't have an appendage! ) [us] Date 2012-06-18 2:46 PM
Clarkman?
Parent - By greenie (Pea counting punk) [us] Date 2012-06-18 3:03 PM
I'm worried that I won't  dismantle the latch hasp from the auxiliary drainage line properly.
Parent - - By Ishmael Date 2012-06-19 6:01 AM Edited 2012-06-19 6:29 AM
15 minutes if the drain assembly lines-up with the tailpiece on the new unit.  1/2 hour if you have to reconfigure the trap.  Double those times if you've never done it before.  Sky's the limit if you don't have the right tools and/or materials.  It also really depends on what the drain assembly is made of:  Is it PVC or ABS pipe? -  No Problem.  Copper? - Good luck!  Tubular S-trap? - (Yikes)

* First thing to consider is there are two different types of disposals: (1) Batch-Feed, and (2) Continuous-Feed.  Batch-feed disposals operate by the drain plug; continuous-feed operate on a wall switch (usually).  Buying the same type (as the old unit) makes things much simpler.

Things I always try to have on-hand when I change one out are (assuming PVC drain pipes):
1) A 6-foot appliance cord (with ground) - (aka - "pigtail").  Not necessary if the unit is hard-wired right from a junction box under the cabinet.  Also be sure to have wire nuts, and a box connector (whether it's hard-wired or you're using a pigtail)
2) 1-1/2" PVC fittings and pipe: coupling, trap, trap adaptor, 45's etc...  (Also remember PVC glue and primer)
3) Putty, 10" "water pump" pliers, screwdrivers (flat and phillips)

Finally:  If you have a dishwasher that drains into the spud on the side of the disposal, remember to knock-out the plug inside the new unit before you install it!
Parent - - By Mickey [us] Date 2012-06-19 6:50 AM
1) A 6-foot appliance cord (with ground) - (aka - "pigtail").  Not necessary if the unit is hard-wired right from a junction box under the cabinet.  Also be sure to have wire nuts, and a box connector (whether it's hard-wired or you're using a pigtail)

aka "widow maker"
Parent - By txredd (Redd Hawt!) [us] Date 2012-06-19 9:31 AM
"suicide cord"
Parent - By JRB [us] Date 2012-06-19 6:40 AM
Any idea how old the existing model is?

If you can get something that is a direct replacement, 30 minutes especially if it has the quick release part on the sink and all pipes connections match, unless it is hardwired.  Add more time if you need to do electrical.

If you have to start from scratch, I would plan on half a day because you will probably have to make a trip or 2 back to the hardware store for parts.
Parent - By mutiger Date 2012-06-19 10:00 AM Edited 2012-06-19 10:03 AM
I used a car jack to hold it up in place while I leisurely went about doing it, reaching for a beer with my other hand :)

ETA: just like I do with your mom :D
Parent - By MassClyde [us] Date 2012-06-19 11:21 AM
An hour?  Does that include the time it takes to clean out all of the crap under the sink too?  If not, add another 45 minutes...
Parent - - By greenie (Pea counting punk) [us] Date 2012-06-24 9:07 AM
Took 2 hours. Would have taken less than an hour but I broke one of my drainage pipes and had to go to the store and replace it. 
Parent - - By Ishmael Date 2012-06-24 9:14 AM
That's when it suddenly goes from a contract job to time and materials.
Parent - By stillrunning (El Corredor) Date 2012-06-24 11:10 AM
Not if the contract is well written. : pbbt:
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