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Old 02-02-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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I'm going to remove my dead garbage disposal and replace it with pvc piping. My question is about the breaker box used to power it. Will I be able to simply snip the cord and wrap it up with electric tape?

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http://i54.tinypic.com/xn6cli.jpg

I was told on another forum I would need to remove it, but don't know where it leads to. It looks like it goes behind the dishwasher =/

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Shut the power off to the switch. Disconnect the switch and use wire nuts on the feed side. Remove the load end of switch wire. Put a knockout blank where the load wire went and use a blank cover. Then u may turn power back on

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Thank you very much for the reply, but I don't understand a lot of it. I'm very new to this please bear with me =p

The feed side is the cord going into the switch? coming from the wall?

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I would turn the power off, remove the switch and install a receptacle and cover. That way if you or a future owner wants a disposer, the power is there to plug in a disposer with a cord set.
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I would turn the power off, remove the switch and install a receptacle and cover. That way if you or a future owner wants a disposer, the power is there to plug in a disposer with a cord set.
If the OP removes the switch there will be no way to control the disposal at a later date.

To the OP, turn the breaker off. Remove the cable from the bottom of the box and switch. Install a knockout closure where the cable used to exit the box. Label cover plate so someone know its purpose later.
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If the OP removes the switch there will be no way to control the disposal at a later date.

To the OP, turn the breaker off. Remove the cable from the bottom of the box and switch. Install a knockout closure where the cable used to exit the box. Label cover plate so someone know its purpose later.
That sounds like a good idea. What should I google to find instructions on this?

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That sounds like a good idea. What should I google to find instructions on this?

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To the OP, turn the breaker off. Remove the cover plate. Unscrew the switch from the box. Remove the cable from the bottom of the box and switch. Install a knockout closure where the cable used to exit the box. Label cover plate so someone know its purpose later.
I think if you look at what you are dealing with and follow the instructions this will become very evident.
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Hmm... I just don't know what a knockout closure is =(

Is it something I will need to buy? or can this all be done with a screwdriver?
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A knockout closure is a button shape designed to reseal the unused hole where the cable used to exit. Should be available in a hardware store or electrical supply house. You need a 1/2" size.
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A knockout closure is a button shape designed to reseal the unused hole where the cable used to exit. Should be available in a hardware store or electrical supply house. You need a 1/2" size.
Ah I see. Something like this.

http://www.homehardware.ca/products/300/36223601.jpg

Could I just use electric tape or is that unsafe?

Also, when I remove the switch and bottom wire, do I need to put tape around the wire that's left in the box? or use wirenuts on them? Or can I just leave them freely in the box? Or did I misunderstand and am meant to actually leave the switch in, with just the bottom portion of wire removed?

Sorry for my ignorance

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Congrat on finding the pic of the KO seal. It will just snap in. Sometimes it takes a hit from a hammer to seat it.

You could leave the one wire on the switch. If you remove the wire it should be covered with a wirenut.
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Thank you very much! It's finally becoming clear, lol. Is this the same as "boxing out" a wire?

My only question now is safety. It will be ok if I have a switch hooked up with a live wire going into it if theres nothing coming out? What if the switch were accidentally turned on? It wouldn't explode or anything?

thanks again! This is going to be easy by the sounds of it. I was afraid it was going to be much more complicated.

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It will be safe to leave the live wire connected to the switch. Even if it were turned on there will be no place for the electric to go.
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If the OP removes the switch there will be no way to control the disposal at a later date.
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You are so right, I was having a brain fart. I was thinking there was also a wall switch controlling this circuit, obviously not since they were using a switch in the cabinet.

OP, ignore my first post.
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One more thing, I don't know where the live wire (i think its called romex) originates from. It comes from the side near my dishwasher, but don't know if it runs from the wall, an outlet, etc.

Does this matter in regards to safety? thanks!

http://i54.tinypic.com/xn6cli.jpg

Shown here it runs out of the cabinet towards where my dishwasher is. And of course the bottom is where the romex connects to the disposal.

thanks! Just trying to be really really careful here =)

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