May 28, 2015

I broke my garbage disposal

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This Memorial Day, in a single morning, I managed to break and subsequently fix my garbage disposal. Here’s what went down: While maniacally cleaning out my pantry, I discovered two half-canisters of expired flour and, being of incredibly unsound mind, decided to dump the flour down the sink. (Note: If you are ever in this situation, dump it in the garbage.) As you can imagine, the flour and water formed a paste (did anyone else’s mind immediately go here?) and clogged up the sink and garbage disposal real nice. After about an hour of googling and using some very questionable tactics that I’d rather not repeat here for fear of backlash, since we all know that lots of plumbers read this blog, I managed to get both the drain and the disposal unclogged and running pretty much back to normal.

Although everything worked out okay in the end, my bout with the garbage disposal got me to thinking about home repairs, and how, save for this rare instance of keep-trying-until-something-works, I tend to call up the experts whenever something goes wrong. In a couple of years, we’re planning on buying a bigger home, and we’ve been toying with the idea of hanging onto our Pearl condo as a rental property. While this sounds good in theory, the reality of having to maintain two homes seems daunting (and expensive!).

So I’m curious – How do you handle home maintenance? Are you a do-it-yourselfer, or do you bring in the experts? I might start doing more home repair myself, now that I know I can. Popsugar has a list of 7 home repairs that are easy(ish) to tackle – maybe I’ll start there. I also found this article and this thread helpful for sussing out some of my questions about renting out our condo, in case you’re in the same boat.


  • kacey

    Garrett thinks super glue can fix everything…no joke. I was terrified he would superglue Connors crib together.

  • Sharon Love

    It is great that you shared your experience with maintaining garbage disposal. I also need to clean my own, even though that I am extremely careful what is passing through it. Greetings