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Old 03-04-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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Do You Have a Disposal Air Switch?

I just learned from a friend of mine today that she installed (the contractor, actually) an air switch for her garbage disposal when she remodeled her house. She's vertically challenged like me and she said the switch was one of the top 5 items in her new kitchen that she loves. So...

I've been doing some research online for the past couple of hours and it looks like replacing the current switch should be pretty straightforward as a DIY job, of course taking into consideration of good electrical practices.

So my question is (finally) , how many of you have an air switch and did you install it yourself, did it come with the house, or did you have a plumber install it? Another question. For those of you who have one, how do you like it?

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Old 03-04-2008, 05:05 PM   #2
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OK, I'm gonna ask, what the heck is an air switch?
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:10 PM   #3
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I have a 'disposable air' switch, it fails at the most inappropriate times.


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Old 03-04-2008, 05:11 PM   #4
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OK, I'm gonna ask, what the heck is an air switch?
That's what I said! So you know that switch to turn on your garbage disposal that's on the wall? An air switch replaces that and it can be mounted on your sink or countertop. Something like this: http://www.presair.com/uploads/SafeA...sal_switch.pdf So you can control your garbage disposal with just a push of a button.

I have an Insinkerator and the switch is literally way back in a cubby corner, 3 ft away from the sink and the corner of the counter. I have to lean as far as I can reach and then using a wooden spoon, flip that darn switch on/off.
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I have a 'disposable air' switch, it fails at the most inappropriate times.


Bummer. Do you think it's the nature of an air switch or perhaps something else?
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:16 PM   #6
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OK, I'm gonna ask, what the heck is an air switch?

I believe it is a switch operated by compressed air, press a switch here, it compresses air which moves through a tube and closes electrical contacts 'over there'.

Advantage is being able to operate an electrical device remotely without having to run wires in accordance with the National Electrical Code.
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Bummer. Do you think it's the nature of an air switch or perhaps something else?
Uhhh, 'disposable air', sphincter ..... inappropriate times ....
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I have an Insinkerator and the switch is literally way back in a cubby corner, 3 ft away from the sink and the corner of the counter. I have to lean as far as I can reach and then using a wooden spoon, flip that darn switch on/off.
The location of the switch is for safety. Historically disposal switches are placed in an inconvenient spot so the disposal can not be turned on by accident or mistake.

Best place is behind the access door under the sink.
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Uhhh, 'disposable air', sphincter ..... inappropriate times ....
So I'm a little slow on the uptake!

So I guess you can say it's the "nature" of the disposable air switch then.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:30 PM   #10
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as a kid our disposer had a switch built into the drain plug ...insert and turn. It was a GE. Haven't seen one of those in years. My current township doesn't aloow garbage disposers or disposalls or electric pigs as we used to call em.
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