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Slideshow: Garbage Disposal Doesn't Hold Water

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Rob Spiegel
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Bad place for corrosion
Rob Spiegel   11/18/2013 8:42:44 AM
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It doesn't seem like a garbage disposal should corrode. This slideshow tells the whole story.

Jim_E
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Re: Bad place for corrosion
Jim_E   11/18/2013 9:14:38 AM
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Agreed that's not something you'd expect to corrode.  It sure does look like galvanic  corrosion aggravated by the physical stress from the grinding.

I don't have a garbage disposal (private sand mound sewage system) but I do have a "leak frog" water alarm under my sink, as I had a leak from the faucet and didn't notice until I saw water dripping in the basement!

tekochip
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Definitely Monkeys
tekochip   11/18/2013 9:29:50 AM
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Definitely monkeys at work, how could they have not thought through the materials?


dpccreating
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dpccreating   11/18/2013 11:11:19 AM
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They did think of those materials, but with a Good/Better/Best Product strategy, you got the Good (or not so good) version.

They make a fully stainless unit for considerably more money and it lasts much longer.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Bad place for corrosion
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   11/18/2013 12:54:28 PM
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Considering the age of the disposal, I guess I got a pretty good life-span from it; it was the original equipment from our home built in 1997.  However, as you saw in the slide-show, the casing cracked open like a walnut.  I suppose I really shouldn't balk too loudly at the manufacturer, getting 16 years from a product with a 5 year warranty.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   11/18/2013 1:33:55 PM
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I think it's one thing to offer a high-tier product with superior materials (stainless steel), but I wouldn't expect the lower, entry-level product to actually have incompatible materials, placing steel against zinc.

By the way, the HOME DEPOT didn't carry the Stainless Steel version; although they did offer a higher tier product with a more powerful motor.  Wonder if that would have just accelerated the housing deterioration process?!

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Bad place for corrosion
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   11/18/2013 1:40:52 PM
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I never heard of "Leak Frog" – Thanks.   Just all too common to invest in an insurance mechanism after the fact!

Checking Google shows a wide disparity: Leak-Frog, ranging from $14 on eBay to $75 at Sears.

Jim_E
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Jim_E   11/18/2013 1:53:27 PM
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I have picked them up a couple of times on Woot, two for $14.99 plus shipping, like shown here:

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/expired-deals/1261488/

I have a few of them scattered throughout the basement (by the hot water heater, by the sump pump, by the well tank, under an outside faucet that I soldered....), and the one under the kitched sink.

There are other brands of detectors out there, but I've had good luck with the leak frog, the batteries last a long time, and I was able to purchase them cheaply.

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GTOlover   11/18/2013 4:05:07 PM
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I have to agree with you Jim. I would expect the cheaper unit to have a motor failure, or a fork pushed through the housing. NOT have the unit corrode away and leak water all-over the place! Good thing you did not throw a knife out the side!

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Cadman-LT   11/18/2013 5:03:32 PM
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JimT, I agree. It's one thing to build a high-end product, but to make the cheaper version doomed for failure is just wrong. It happens all the time. There are some products though, where I bought the cheap model and it worked as good as and lasted as long as the expensive version. Guess it depends on the product..and who makes it to some extent.

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