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Old 10-27-2014, 02:51 PM   #41
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We're on a septic (aerobic system), have a garbage disposal and haven't had any problems in the 16 years since we built the house. However, we are very cautious about what we put in it and never use it to dispose of grease or oils.

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Old 10-27-2014, 03:55 PM   #42
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If we were planning to live here forever, I would definitely try to talk a plumber into installing a garbage disposal. It is the only way to really be sure you've gotten all the scraps out of the sink drain! I would never put oils and fats down a garbage disposal, even if we were on public sewer.


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+1 we have a septic and were advised not to have a garbage disposal but we have a dishwasher and no problems. FWIW, I think we could have a garbage disposal as long as we were careful and tried to minimize the grease, fats and oils getting into the system. DW wants one, but I have been resistant since they told us that we shouldn't but my Mom just down the road from us has septic and a garbage disposal and has never had a problem.

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Old 10-27-2014, 08:09 PM   #43
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Missed this thread earlier...

I had the same problem at my old house... bought the board myself online and it was an easy install....

If I know what is wrong, and it is easy to put in myself I will do that most of the time...
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:57 PM   #44
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I've installed and replaced dishwashers before, and it seemed relatively simple... Until! Until I installed a "tall-tub" dishwasher, a Whirlpool. It seemed all were going to "tall tub" design. Tall tub just means the inner tub extends down lower, leaving almost no room for the motor underneath the tub, and no room to connect it all up!

I had a devil of a time with it. Both water and drain were coming in from the right rear from the sink cabinet, and the D/W wanted them in left front. There was no way I could use copper tubing with a flare fitting like I usually do. I had to use the flexible metal braid-covered plastic line the whole way. And the drain line was a real pain to run too. Trying to lay them out and walk the machine in without running over the lines with the motor or D/W frame or something else was real tough. There just wasn't enough room for the lines under there. The motor comes within a fraction of an inch to the floor.

Wasn't comfortable with those plastic lines laying on the concrete floor, or going through sink cabinet wall cutout unprotected. Concerned that the water pulses with flow could over time chafe the lines. So I slit pieces of auto heater hose, and slid them over all contact areas. Still don't like the idea of a flexible plastic water supply line under there that is always pressurized, metal braid overlay or not. But no way could I get copper tubing to fit, route, and move back into place when sliding the D/W back.

And "tall tub" also means us tall folks now have to bend over FURTHER to reach the bottom rack

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