The first one lasted over two years sitting outside and transporting all of the melted chocolate ice cream to its forever home. But no more. The garbage disposal macerator I introduced here met its match after some rain. At a campground with a very soggy site, it got a little too much water into its open bottom.
Of course, I’d not been terribly happy with the design of the Badger disposal I bought locally. It was easy enough to get the 3″ coupling over the inlet, but the tailpiece was kind of flimsy, and the power cord (not included) connected with wire nuts at the open bottom of the unit, where they could easily get wet.
Last fall, I posted about another brand/model with excellent reviews on Amazon and a better price than what I paid for my original one. Taking my own advice, that’s what I bought when I needed a replacement:
Getting it Set Up
So here’s the bad news. The outside diameter of the inlet is a little bit bigger than a 3″ pipe fitting, so I couldn’t just move everything over. With full tanks, I needed a solution right away, and wasn’t about to go spend double the money on another Badger.
A trip to the local hardware store netted a 3″ rubber pipe coupling, which had enough give to make it over the disposal’s inlet. A 3″ sewer cleanout fitting was used in the other end of the rubber fitting to connect the rest of the stuff I used previously.
Trial by Fire
With full tanks, it wouldn’t get the luxury of test run with relatively clean water. Fingers crossed, I plugged it in and got ready to open the drain valves. Right away, I noticed it was a lot quieter–would it do the job as well? Sure seems to, taking over 200 gallons of black and grey water to the sewer connection about 30 feet away in just a couple of minutes.