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    [email protected] Guest

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    I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.

    Tom

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    Kenneth Guest

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    On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:55:01 -0800 (PST),
    "[email protected]" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    >use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    >70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    >one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    >thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.
    >
    >Tom


    Howdy,

    Of course... though I suspect that there are various
    restrictions for those who use town, or city water etc.

    We have our own water supply, and use our disposal very
    frequently.

    All the best,
    --
    Kenneth

    If you email... Please remove the "SPAMLESS."

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    [email protected] Guest

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    On Jan 21, 4:55*pm, "tomba...@city-net.com" <tomba...@city-net.com>
    wrote:
    > I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    > use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    > 70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    > one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    > thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.
    >
    > Tom


    Mine never worked well, so when it died, I did not replace it. I
    didn't buy it - it came with the place.

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    Andy Guest

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    [email protected] said...

    > I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    > use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    > 70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    > one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    > thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.
    >
    > Tom



    Tom,

    It was ill-advised for homes with septic tank systems, which I have and was
    warned about.

    It's out of my area of expertise other than that.

    Good luck,

    Andy

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    Mr. Bill Guest

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    On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:55:01 -0800 (PST), "[email protected]"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    >use garbage disposals?


    If you need one....you need one. I am on septic and use all
    'disposal scraps' for compost. To me, it is found gold!!

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    Tracy Guest

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    [email protected] wrote:
    > I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    > use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    > 70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    > one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    > thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.
    >
    > Tom


    I had one in my condo and loved it. I am renting now and live in a very
    old house and no disposal. I really miss it. Especially when the DH
    cooks and leaves all his mess in the sink.

    It's on my list of things that would be nice (but obviously not a deal
    breaker) when house shopping begins in the spring.

    Tracy

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    Goomba Guest

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    [email protected] wrote:
    > I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    > use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    > 70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    > one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    > thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.
    >
    > Tom


    I've never been without one here in the US. In my new kitchen we put a
    "pig" of one in... I think I can grind up a small animal and do it
    noiselessly! LOL
    I've been without one in various homes in Europe and while it would have
    been nice on occasion, I certainly managed perfectly well without it.

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    PickyJaz Guest

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    On Jan 21, 1:55*pm, "tomba...@city-net.com" <tomba...@city-net.com>
    wrote:
    > I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    > use garbage disposals?

    I live in the desert and am on a septic tank, causing precautionary
    use of my garbage disposal. I would not want to be without it, only
    use it for whatever could be mashed well with a fork, and all else
    goes into the outside trash protected from the desert critters' seldom
    want of feasting by a thin rope tie of lid to handle.
    ....Picky

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    James Guest

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    On Jan 21, 5:30*pm, Tracy <karac...@bc.edu> wrote:
    > tomba...@city-net.com wrote:
    > > I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    > > use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    > > 70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    > > one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    > > thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.

    >
    > > Tom

    >
    > I had one in my condo and loved it. I am renting now and live in a very
    > old house and no disposal. I really miss it. Especially when the DH
    > cooks and leaves all his mess in the sink.
    >
    > It's on my list of things that would be nice (but obviously not a deal
    > breaker) when house shopping begins in the spring.
    >
    > Tracy


    I've replaced it twice. The first time I got the bottom of the line
    which rusted through after 3 years.

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    Susan Guest

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    x-no-archive: yes

    PickyJaz wrote:

    > I live in the desert and am on a septic tank, causing precautionary
    > use of my garbage disposal. I would not want to be without it, only
    > use it for whatever could be mashed well with a fork, and all else
    > goes into the outside trash protected from the desert critters' seldom
    > want of feasting by a thin rope tie of lid to handle.
    > ...Picky


    I learned the hard way NOT to use it for any quantity of artichoke
    leaves, but put pretty much everything else in there. My mother
    insisted that chicken bones sharpen the blades and she always put them
    down there, but I don't. I love not having a kitchen trash can with
    rotting food in it.

    Susan



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    James Silverton Guest

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    "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >> I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people
    >> still use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them
    >> back in the 70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it
    >> did not have one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one.
    >> Today I finally thought about it, and realized that I don't hear
    >> much about them. Tom

    >
    > I've never been without one here in the US. In my new kitchen we put a
    > "pig" of one in... I think I can grind up a small animal and do it
    > noiselessly! LOL
    > I've been without one in various homes in Europe and while it would
    > have been nice on occasion, I certainly managed perfectly well
    > without it.


    I've hardly ever been without one for over 40 years except in rented
    apartments on vacation in Europe and when my own broke down. Let me tell
    you that I missed having one badly except in France where garbage was
    collected daily (!) Around here, food waste came get quite odorous after
    sitting around for 3 days or a week in the summer. I also believe that
    the sewage treatment plant does a better job of converting waste than
    any land fill.

    --
    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland


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    Dan Abel Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Kenneth <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:55:01 -0800 (PST),
    > "[email protected]" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    > >use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    > >70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    > >one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    > >thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.


    > Of course... though I suspect that there are various
    > restrictions for those who use town, or city water etc.
    >
    > We have our own water supply, and use our disposal very
    > frequently.


    We haven't had one for a long time, and I don't miss it. For people
    with a water shortage, it's a problem, but I think more people have a
    problem with them due to shortage of sewer capacity.

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

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    George Shirley Guest

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    [email protected] wrote:
    > I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    > use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    > 70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    > one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    > thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.
    >
    > Tom

    We've been using garbage disposals for nigh onto forty years in various
    houses. Anything that can be composted is, no bones down the disposal,
    so it's basically just to get rid of whatever finds it's way into the
    disposal when dishes are being rinsed or washed. Once a week I put a
    goodly chunk of lemon peel in the disposal, followed by three or four
    ice cubes. The lemon peel destinks the thing and the ice cubes stay
    solid long enough to knock any really bad stuff off the walls of the
    disposal.

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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    [email protected] wrote:
    > I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    > use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    > 70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    > one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    > thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.
    >
    > Tom


    I have one. I don't use it. I'm on a septic and I don't think it's a
    good idea to put all that stuff into the septic. The house came with it.

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    Kenneth Guest

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    On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 22:16:56 +0000 (UTC), Andy <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >[email protected] said...
    >
    >> I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    >> use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    >> 70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    >> one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    >> thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.
    >>
    >> Tom

    >
    >
    >Tom,
    >
    >It was ill-advised for homes with septic tank systems, which I have and was
    >warned about.
    >
    >It's out of my area of expertise other than that.
    >
    >Good luck,
    >
    >Andy


    Hi Andy (and OP),

    I have often heard of this concern, but have never been told
    of any difficulty by any of the experts with whom we deal.

    We have used disposals for about 25 years in two different
    homes each on a septic system.

    All the best,
    --
    Kenneth

    If you email... Please remove the "SPAMLESS."

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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    "[email protected]" <[email protected]> news:374ef09c-e470-46d0-
    [email protected]: in rec.food.cooking

    > I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    > use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    > 70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    > one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    > thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.


    I don't know about anyone else but we do. The name on it is the
    Insinkerator Pro77. I know nothing about it except that it works just
    fine. We had one before we remodeled the kitchen and I have no idea what
    kind it was but it worked just fine as well. The one thing we had some
    real issues with was the hot water dispenser. I loved the thing but had so
    many issues (leaks) we decided not to put another in.

    Michael

    --
    “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    words.”
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    Goomba <[email protected]> news:[email protected]: in
    rec.food.cooking

    > I've never been without one here in the US. In my new kitchen we put a
    > "pig" of one in... I think I can grind up a small animal and do it
    > noiselessly! LOL
    > I've been without one in various homes in Europe and while it would have
    > been nice on occasion, I certainly managed perfectly well without it.


    I don't think I've ever been without one. Ours is like yours. The
    contractor said it was for a professional kitchen. Which as we all know
    mine is not ;-) But it works and it's really quite like yours is.

    Michael



    --
    “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    words.”
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    pintlar Guest

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    <snip>
    I'm a bachelor and I use a trash compactor, sink disposal, freezer, and
    waste can. Everything that goes into my trash compactor is washed and
    dried.
    I don't put corn husks, banana peels, ect., in my disposal but put them in a
    old plastic shopping bag, and keep that in the freezer.
    Everything that goes into the trash can is also washed and dried. For
    example, some plastic wraps, and things I would rather not have in the
    compactor, but need not go into the freezer.
    Items that can't be washed, (grease, bacon drippings, greasy paper towels,
    fat, meat trimmings, ect.,) also go into the freezer plastic shopping bag.
    Next morn this gets deposited at a local fast food chain eatery (where I
    have my morning brew, crossword, and sometimes breakfast), that has outside
    garbage containers for the public. Seldom ever, hardly more than a cup of
    waste.
    I don't contract garbage pick up except for July, Aug, Sep, (grass
    clippings). My neighbors allow me to deposit the trash compactor bag
    (2/month) and the trash can bag (3/month) as I shovel their sidewalks in
    return. Sometimes 6 times a day, damn it.
    Monthly garbage pickup rates here are $16.75 / month. Too much for 5 bags.
    Daily I fill my sink about 2" deep and run the disposal to flush the trap
    and keep ground elements from settling and plugging the trap.
    Running a disposal full of ice does a great job of cleaning and clearing it.
    Works great for me. Saves over $150.00 year.




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    sf Guest

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    On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:55:01 -0800 (PST), "[email protected]"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I hope this does not sound like a stupid question, but do people still
    >use garbage disposals? I lived in apartments that had them back in the
    >70s and 80s, but when I purchased my older (50) house it did not have
    >one, and it never crossed my mind that I needed one. Today I finally
    >thought about it, and realized that I don't hear much about them.
    >

    Probably because they are as common as electric lights. No need to
    talk about them.


    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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    sf Guest

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    On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 22:16:56 +0000 (UTC), Andy <[email protected]> wrote:

    >It was ill-advised for homes with septic tank systems, which I have and was
    >warned about.


    I have no idea why. We had one at our house when I was a kid. We
    lived there for 15 years, didn't baby the disposal at all (but all fat
    went to the dogs) and never had a septic problem.


    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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