Needed: Functional Garbage Disposal ASAP!
May 14, 2008 6:59 PM   Subscribe

Help! We're drowning in orange rinds, onion skins, and a mishmash of left overs!

It is a deep and vexing mystery, but the drain cover to our garbage disposal has disappeared and will not run without it. Where can I get another one?

It is an Insinkerator Model/Series 17. The drain cover functions as a "key" of sorts that is placed in the drain and turned a half-turn. The drain cover then locks into place enabling the disposal to run.

My google-fu has not been able to find a place that sells this particular replacement part and the pool of brown, foody broth in my sink is unbearable.

posted by MasonDixon to Home & Garden (12 answers total)
Here you go.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 7:20 PM on May 14, 2008

I noticed that the link MasonDixon shared said that the part is discontinued. Have you tried asking at your local hardware stores?

It might just be time to get a new disposal if you can't find anything to get your current one to work.
posted by theichibun at 8:06 PM on May 14, 2008

Sorry, I meant the link shared by weapons-grade pandemonium. Somehow I got thrown off by the user name being farther away than the other one [rolls eyes].
posted by theichibun at 8:07 PM on May 14, 2008

Try these guys.
posted by nax at 8:07 PM on May 14, 2008

I bought one of the top end insinkerators when my last one puked out. You can put anything down it and I have never had any problems like the old one. I think it was about $170 at Home Depot.
posted by Mr_Zero at 9:22 PM on May 14, 2008

Forget disposals, try composting! (then plant a garden, grow veggies, cook, and enjoy the cycle of life)

For today's green lifestyle™.
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 10:59 PM on May 14, 2008

Candied orange rinds=delicious. Can't help you with the onion skins, though.
posted by alexei at 2:07 AM on May 15, 2008

Seconding composting... citrus rinds do wonders for soft fruit bushes.
posted by brighton at 4:03 AM on May 15, 2008

Can I suggest bokashi compsing? Far greener than what you're doing and you get cool compost for your plants. Not to mention the satisfaction of doing your little bit for the planet.
posted by dmt at 5:09 AM on May 15, 2008 [1 favorite]

Just want to say that yeah, composting is great. We compost. But we also need to turn on the garbage disposal for things that we don't compost.

If I were you, I'd just call Insinkerator at: 800-558-5700.
posted by dpx.mfx at 5:36 AM on May 15, 2008

To second Mr Zero, I decided to just replace my old disposal when it was having problems--$60 and 45 minutes of work.
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:47 AM on May 15, 2008

Best answer: Google-fu finally came through. Found it at I was even able to quickly get a live person on the phone when I called them.
posted by MasonDixon at 8:11 PM on May 15, 2008

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