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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Bad place for corrosion
Rob Spiegel   11/18/2013 5:25:30 PM
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Yes, 16 years is a good run for the disposal, Jim. It's just funny to see a disposer take it on xthe chin over water. Thanks for the slideshow.

Cadman-LT
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Re: Definitely Monkeys
Cadman-LT   11/18/2013 5:05:29 PM
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Maybe they do it on purpose. You buy the cheap one, it fails, so next time you buy the expensive model. They just got you twice!

Cadman-LT
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Re: Definitely Monkeys
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.

GTOlover
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Re: Definitely Monkeys
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!

Jim_E
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Re: Leak Frog
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.

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.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Definitely Monkeys
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 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.

dpccreating
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Re: Definitely Monkeys
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.

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?


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