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Old 03-11-2014, 10:42 PM   #1
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I have been trying to remove this garbage disposal for a month. It is completely rusted and stuck. I was able to loosen (remove) the 3 sink flange bolts, but I cannot locate the snap ring. I have tried ..allen wrenches...screwdrivers...prybars.... absolutely nothing will work, please help! P.s. I am going back to a regular drain when I am finished!!!
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:54 PM   #2
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I cannot locate the snap ring.
I can see the snap ring in your picture. It is under the triangular ring the 3 bolts used to be in. The really rusty ring has to be turned to the left and the disposal will fall to the bottom of your cabinet, allowing you to raise the triangular ring to access the snap ring. Utilize one of the three small round leverage holes, like the one right on the front, to turn the rusty ring. Even that rusty, you should be able to drop the disposal within 3 minutes.

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I nhave read everything I can get my hands on, I am missing something!
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See the attached image-

Once the disposal is dropped you'll see the snap ring
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If it was me. I would just pull the whole sink and then just put in a new sink, faucet and disposal.

Can you get a hacksaw blade up there and just cut off the fitting underneath, or maybe lift it and cut it right below the flange?

Try seeing if you can push up on it, then cut off the flange on the drain fitting for it, where it sits in the sink. Or if you can, cut the bolts, then turn to cut the other one or two, and that should allow you to separate the two sections, so you can remove.
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Do what E said, no need to cut anything. Put the screws back in and tighten them up first to keep the whole drain assembly from spinning. Then insert the shank of the screwdriver into one of the curled tabs on the lock ring (as shown in E's picture) and turn the ring counter-clockwise. That'll drop the disposal out of the way and reveal the snap ring. Step two is to remove those three screws (again) and THEN pry out the snap ring.

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I failed to mention that I have attempted to turn the garbage disposal with every tool I could find. IT WILL NOT BUDGE! Not with screwdrivers, allen wrenches, hammer, etc... and yes the screws were not unscrewed at the time!
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WD-40 around the ring. let sit for a bit. lightly tap the ring with hammer, WD-40 again. Using the longest screwdriver that will fit attempt to remove lock ring.
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Not trying to offend, but lefty loosey righty tighty. Are you sure you're trying to turn it the right direction? I've never encountered one I couldn't get off.

Have you tried an actual disposer removal tool?
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Do you have a saw all. Use a metal blade and cut it out through the stainless steel flange above your disposal. Cut inbetween your sink bottom and the flat plate resting on your disposal. Wear safety glasses..
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Do you have a saw all. Use a metal blade and cut it out through the stainless steel flange above your disposal. Cut in between your sink bottom and the flat plate resting on your disposal. Wear safety glasses..
Hey, wait. I said that. I see that I am not the only one that is thinking of taking the easy route.
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I failed to mention that I have attempted to turn the garbage disposal with every tool I could find. IT WILL NOT BUDGE! Not with screwdrivers, allen wrenches, hammer, etc... and yes the screws were not unscrewed at the time!
You do not want to turn the disposal! Just the mounting ring. DO NOT turn the disposal. All that will do is...turn the disposal.
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There are a lot of good tips on this thread. Many of which should have made removing the disposal possible. Unfortunately, at this point if you have not been able to remove the disposal you will need to contact a licensed plumber to do it for you. I am sorry it did not work out for you this time.

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There are a lot of good tips on this thread. Many of which should have made removing the disposal possible. Unfortunately, at this point if you have not been able to remove the disposal you will need to contact a licensed plumber to do it for you. I am sorry it did not work out for you this time.
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