Buying the Right Garbage Disposal

f24b43b60bb35e8dbd733846e9355f96At some point in time, the garbage disposal will have to be replaced. The next purchase should be durable and long lasting for the life of your kitchen. The next update to the garbage disposal should last beyond the next kitchen update.. With such a wide range of garbage disposals to consider, the fear of making the wrong choice is heavy.

There are many things to keep in mind when shopping for a new garbage disposal. You’ll be paying for the size of the unit as well as its horsepower. Does the new garbage disposal have a good septic tank? How much noise does it make?

Here are some examples of horsepower to consider when purchasing your next garbage disposal.

1/3. This is the lowest available. If you’re looking for utility level, don’t go for this despite the low cost. It might not break down your waste as well as you’d like it to. Not to mention, it will rust significantly faster than other options. This horsepower is only recommended if you don’t plan on using it often.

1/2. Normally, this option is suggested for home use, and would be considered the minimum. The average price is normally under $100. It’s probably as small as its fiscal value and can fit virtually anywhere you need. Just like the 1/3 horsepower, it is a great choice if the usage will be to a minimum.

If you value your peace and quiet, it may not be your go-to disposal. It is probably one of the loudest available. Another downside of 1/2 horsepower is that you would need to constantly run water to help in the food break down.

3/4. You will find this size appropriate for most kitchens. It provides almost no issues, grinding harder to dispose of waste. Jamming is not something that is a worry. It is far quieter than ½ horsepower. You will definitely need more room for its design as it’s larger than 1/2.

1 Horsepower. If you’re looking for horsepower that can grind harder things, such as bones, this is the option to go with. This model is the quietest of them all. It is also a larger disposal, so it will hold more waste at a time. But with more horsepower comes a need to house a bigger disposal.

Now that you have a better understanding of the options out there, the decision to choose a new garbage disposal will be fairly easier.

How-To: Install a Drop In Kitchen Sink

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Is it time to update your kitchen sink but don’t know where to start in this process?  Below is our step by step  tutorial on installing kitchen sinks.

  1. Most kitchen sinks come with a template to trace onto your countertop. Your placement should be no further than 4 inches from the edge of the counter, and at least 2 inches from the back wall. Lay it down, and use 2-inch masking tape to outline the edges underneath the template, leaving an inch showing from beneath the template. Use a marker to trace the outline. If no template is used and you measure out the dimensions of your sink by hand, you’ll have a rectangle with squared off angles. Most sinks aren’t shaped like this, so you’ll need to estimate the curvature of the corners. If you can, you may want to try placing your sink upside down over the outline to trace the corners accurately.

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How-To: Make Your Kitchen Feel More Modern

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As the hub of the home, the kitchen is the room with all the action. It’s not just the place to prepare and cook food — it’s also used for entertaining guests, storing gadgets and eating family meals. Your modern design needs to accommodate all these activities, which is why kitchen remodels are more popular than ever. If you don’t want to do a total overhaul of your kitchen, these steps can help you update your kitchen within your means.

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How to Install a Dishwasher Air-Gap Kit

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A clog in your kitchen sink drain could cause dirty water to back-flow into the dishwasher and contaminate the inside of the washer tub. Some municipalities require you install an air gap between your dishwasher and garbage disposal or sink drain to avoid such an occurrence. You can install an air gap in a single afternoon without the help of a plumber. Dishwasher air gap kits are available with everything needed for the air gap, but not the additional hose required to attach the gap to either the sink drain or the disposal.

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How to Update Your Kitchen With the Newest Trends

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Looking to update your kitchen with improvements that will make your friends and family gasp in astonishment? The latest kitchen trends will put you on the fast track to exactly that reaction.  Continue reading →

9 Steps To Remodel Your Kitchen

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So you finally got tired of looking at the peeling flower wallpaper on your kitchen walls, and decided it’s time to do a complete revamp. Great! But… Now what? Not knowing where to start, many homeowners fall under two umbrellas. Some start by looking at appliances. Others start by collecting a mountain high stack of inspiring kitchen photos. Some decide they need more room. Some people find themselves in this exploration stage for a year or longer before they even start to seek out workers. Continue reading →

Too Many Cooks In That Small Kitchen? Here Are 3 Innovative Space Saving Designs

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Cooking in a small kitchen can be difficult, but installing innovative and smart kitchen designs will help make cooking much easier and much more enjoyable. But just how do you maximize the space of your small kitchen when you can’t fit all of the things you need in order to have a high functioning kitchen? One thing to keep in mind is that your kitchen layout does not need to follow a traditionally spacious layout. By using innovative and space maximizing designs, you will make the best of your small kitchen space and find your cooking experiences much more enjoyable. Continue reading →

Installing a Kitchen Sink in Under 10 Steps

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Your shiny new sink, along with a new faucet and countertop, will jazz up your kitchen as much as new flooring and appliances, and for a lot less money.

Before you start the installation process though, make sure you have all the measurements you need to connect the sink to the drain including the inside the pipe fittings and how much space there is underneath your sink. Continue reading →

Steps to Installing a Faucet

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For a big impact with small investment for your bathroom or kitchen, consider changing the faucet! It’s a super easy, relatively low cost improvement, that in some cases, can totally change the look and feel of your space!

Faucets are available in a wide range of prices and styles from very inexpensive, mostly plastic models to high-quality brass units. You’re better off buying a brand-name faucet. Some of the better brand-name washerless faucets have lifetime warranties.  Continue reading →

How To Guide for Installing Your Kitchen Sink

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Granite composite sinks make great additions to many kitchen designs. Their sleek appearance and relatively thick edge make a drop-in installation appear more contemporary and custom than drop-in sinks made of stainless steel or cast iron. Here is a step- by- step guide!  Continue reading →

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