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How to remove silverware from garbage disposal

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How to remove silverware from garbage disposal?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Plmqwk replied 6 years ago.
First unplug disposal or make certain power is off at breaker/ fuse box. If it is not stuck you should be able to just pull it out with your hand. If it is caught in the blades( these are somewhat sharp but not like a steak knife) You will need to turn the blades manually. To do this either an allen wrench (you will have to play with what size if you have a set) or even medium size flat blade screwdriver can be used. At the very center bottom underneath your disposal you will see an insert for an allen wrench. Insert it or a screwdriver and attempt to turn it in both directions. This should free the utensil from the blades in order to reach in and remove it.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
If I can't get leverage to remove the item, how do I remove the disposal? Daryl
Expert:  Plmqwk replied 6 years ago.
If you have a pliers handy Try using that for a bit more leverage on the driver/ allen wrench. To remove the disposal there is a ring near the top under the sink that you can turn clockwise turn release and drop the disposal from the sink flange. this will be a bit tight. there is an area (3 actually like a small hole) where a tool can be inserted for leverage to do this as well.
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