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Richard Mize: Do-it-yourself disposal swap left me drained

Real Estate Editor Richard Mize writes about his do-it-yourself disposal swap.
by Richard Mize Published: July 12, 2014

The kitchen looked like the under-sink cabinet barfed.

And my work bench/tool cabinet in the garage came in and got into a gang fight with the dish cabinets and utensil drawers.

And the dishwasher backfired, convulsed and liberated its contents.

A small appliance exploded.

One sink drain hemorrhaged while the other one just sank into sorrow.

And no one was left standing.

But there was a survivor: a new shiny garbage disposal, which I managed to install myself.

“Installed,” ha! It was more like a direct attack and temporary hostile takeover of the kitchen. I was on a mission.

It had been five years since I’d attempted anything like it. Hey, my head’s been in the books. I wondered if my hands had grown unsteady.

But first, I wondered if I had the right tools. I thought I had a decent arsenal, but hey, out of sight out of mind. It turned out I did — last used when George W. Bush was president.

What I did not have was plumber’s putty, which required a trip to the hardware store.

What I did not need, after all, was a 1 1/2-inch-wide, 8-inch-long PVC pipe with a molded flange, which took three trips to the store to sort out. See, I do read directions thoroughly. Studying detailed drawings and diagrams? Not so much.

What an adventurous six days. Life and work kept intruding, and I never said I was good at this. I read the do-it-yourself columns and features in this section before you do every week, at least twice. Do I think: “Oh, I could do that. It sounds fun”? No, I think: “That sounds crazy.”

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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