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Old 06-03-2007, 04:44 PM   #1
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HELP I need to wire a switch to an outlet to hook up my garbage disposal


Please help DIY friends.

I need help to rewire my garbage disposal outlet to an existing switch, but the tricky part is of the two outlets, I want one constant hot and the top one to be switched hot / off.

I had this working fine, but as my buddy and I changed the outlet to GFCI's, he or I somehow messed it up.

I have tried a few different ways to wire it up, but no luck either I am tripping the fuse, or I can get the bottom one hot but nothing on the top. I can also get both outlets to be hot and both outlets to be switched, but I cant' seem to get it back to the top outlet being controlled by the switch.

thanks for bailing me out!

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Old 06-03-2007, 05:23 PM   #2
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You can use an air switch that mounts to your countertop next to your faucet. It plugs into a constant hot outlet and then your disposal plugs into it. The switch is a button that gets mounted on the countertop and is vacuum or air operated. It costs about $60 but it's pretty slick and extremely easy to install. I just put one in a coupla days ago. customer loved it.

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Old 06-03-2007, 05:25 PM   #3
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Forgot to mention that I got mine at Home Depot. They're where the garbage disposals are. They also come with different colored buttons like stainless, white and chrome.
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:54 AM   #4
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If you look at the recepticle that you removed the tab between the two hot screw terminals was removed.


GFI recepticles do not have this feature. So, you cannot have a split wire GFI. You can install a GFI breaker and put the original REC back, IF and a big IF the gd and dish are on the same circuit and not on a multi wire branch circuit.
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If you look at the recepticle that you removed the tab between the two hot screw terminals was removed.

GFI recepticles do not have this feature. So, you cannot have a split wire GFI. You can install a GFI breaker and put the original REC back, IF and a big IF the gd and dish are on the same circuit and not on a multi wire branch circuit.
But a garbage disposal and dishwasher do not have to be GFCI protected, so use a standard receptacle and break the tab on the brass side to give you the split feature you want.
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But a garbage disposal and dishwasher do not have to be GFCI protected, so use a standard receptacle and break the tab on the brass side to give you the split feature you want.
I know that... lol.. it was the op who decided to put in a GFI. I was just telling him why it was not working.
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Sorry, I quoted you but my comment was directed to the OP. I KNOW you know it's not required !
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Sorry, I quoted you but my comment was directed to the OP. I KNOW you know it's not required !

You did bring up a good point. Why install a GFI. Is there some belief that this will somehow make something safer?

It does sound like someone misunderstands the purpose of a GFI and when it will add a safety factor to a wiring installation.
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:18 PM   #9
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thanks to all your input.

I did take a look at the old outlet and I noticed the broken tab.

I also realized that the GFI outlet was not capable of this, so I removed the GFI and put in a standard outlet, wired it up and broke the tab and I have the garbage disposal working from the switch again.

thanks again for the help.

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