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# 173644 30-May-2015 21:09
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We got a Robinhood Scrapeater included in our new house build 3 1/2 years ago.  This month it started dying, now if seems to be dead.  Just buzzes and does not turn, but I can turn it by hand.  Not impressed, but it could have been from the lots of pumpkin pits that was recently chucked down it.  Otherwise, we don;t use it for bones, just relatively soft stuff.

Should I go the easy route and replace it with another Scrapeater which is on special this weekend for $166, or is there something else out there that is not much more expensive?  (A worm farm will not work for us.)




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  # 1314865 30-May-2015 21:30
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My folks have had 2 InSinkErators in the last 25 years over 2 houses, never had an issue with them. You will pay a lot more than $166 for an one mind you. 

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  # 1314867 30-May-2015 21:36
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You could just use a rubbish bin...

 
 
 
 


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  # 1314869 30-May-2015 21:39
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timmmay: You could just use a rubbish bin...


and add the the large amount of waste that already goes to the tip thats shouldn't?

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  # 1314877 30-May-2015 22:17
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Compost and grow a veggie garden :)





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  # 1314915 31-May-2015 04:17
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My partner put quite a bit of pumpkin down the waste disposal here and it stopped working. In the end I forced water through it using a plunger to get it going again.

Protip: These things HATE pumpkin pips. 




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  # 1314917 31-May-2015 06:17
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A goat out the window , man they eat anything.




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  # 1314920 31-May-2015 06:52
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Get a decent in sink erator brand one.

I was amazed how loud and shakey a new cheapie robinhood one was in a friends new kitchen. Drowned out the TV. But they did have that annoying thing of the kitchen being at one end of the lounge room with no wall so most kitchen appliances did that. Worst was how much it shaked the bench. Things would move across the countertop unless they were stuck down when the waste disposer was running.




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  # 1314922 31-May-2015 07:38
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Jase2985:
timmmay: You could just use a rubbish bin...


and add the the large amount of waste that already goes to the tip thats shouldn't?


Thinking out loud... grind up your food waste and flush it into waste water... where does it go? Does it get extensive treatment? Or does waste water go straight into the ocean?

Food that gets put into the bin goes to a landfill where it composts. One day that land will be used for something.

Unsure which is better.

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  # 1314929 31-May-2015 08:04
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Landfill is composting in a useless manner because it is with non organic waste just buried and left to decompose anerobically, end up in the ground doing no good.

Sewage goes to a treatment plant where it is treated appropriatly.




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  # 1314936 31-May-2015 08:43
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Robinhood don't make scrap eaters that are even comparable to Insinkerators. ID45 is the place to start, but the top of the line versions can eat whole chicken carcasses / bananas etc!

 

Somewhere in-between would be a better bet.

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  # 1314958 31-May-2015 09:52
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Just check and see if it has a cut off switch underneath it somewhere. Ours had a small red button and it will cut off it things get too bad.

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  # 1314963 31-May-2015 10:03
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  # 1314969 31-May-2015 10:06
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Many vegetables are too stringy or fibrous to go down the disposal, getting caught in the motor and leading to a clogged drain -- you may be surprised which basic, everyday veggies you're not supposed to be throwing in the disposal. Also, certain starchy leftover foods should never go down the disposal because they can swell and clog the drain.

 

  • Don’t grind glass, plastic, metal or even paper. 
  • Don’t grind anything combustible.
  • Don’t pour grease, oil or fat into your garbage disposal or drain. Grease will slowly accumulate and impede your garbage disposal’s grinding ability as well as clog drains.
  • Don’t use hot water when grinding food waste. Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate, causing drains to clog.
  • Don’t grind extremely fibrous material like corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins, and artichokes.  Don’t put too many potato peels down the garbage disposal. The starches in the potatoes will turn into a thick paste and may cause blades to stick.
  • Don’t put large amounts of food down the garbage disposal. Feed food into the garbage disposal a little at a time with the cold water running; this will help the food scraps flow down freely through the drain pipes and plumbing.
  • Don’t put expandable foods into your garbage disposal. Foods like pasta and rice expand when you add water in a pot; they do the same thing once inside your pipes or garbage disposal and are the cause of many jams and clogs.
  • Don’t grind  animal bones (beef, pork etc.).
  • Avoid putting coffee grounds down the garbage disposal. they can accumulate in drains and pipes, causing clogs.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners. They can damage blades and pipes.
  • Egg shells-
  • asparagus, chard, kale, lettuce, and onion skins should all be kept out of your garbage disposal unit.
  • fruit pips, seeds, apple cores
Really, pretty useless.  Make compost instead. Despite the gardening myths about what you can and can't put in a compost pile, you can add anything. Just remember the chunkier it is, the longer it takes to break down.
Mow your corn cobs etc first...


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  # 1314993 31-May-2015 10:26
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When our waste disposer died I removed it and got a waste adapter set from Mitre10?
We don't need it in Christchurch because we have an organics rubbish bin that is collected weekly.

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