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Old 08-31-2006, 04:46 PM   #1
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Garbage Disposal - Should I Drink This Kool Aid?

WHY are we supposed to only use cold water when running the disposal?

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Beats me, I didn't know we were only supposed to run cold water - I don't think hot will ruin it, I know I have been using all temps of water and haven't broke one yet!
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Old 08-31-2006, 04:53 PM   #3
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I always thought it was because the HOT water melted the grease...and you want the food in a more solid form when being cut up by the blades and taken down the pipes.
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Sounds good to me!
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Old 08-31-2006, 04:57 PM   #5
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I thought it was because if you are an idiot and catch some splash its better it be cold and not hot. I think it is just a CYA thing on the manufacturers part.
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Because if you are using hot water, then you are making sink soup, and not pureed garbage.
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Old 08-31-2006, 06:03 PM   #7
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Because if you are using hot water, then you are making sink soup, and not pureed garbage.
OH-MY-GOSH! I couldn't decide if I was more grossed out or amused by that post. Karma regardless.
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Old 08-31-2006, 06:22 PM   #8
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I always thought it was because the HOT water melted the grease...and you want the food in a more solid form when being cut up by the blades and taken down the pipes.
That's my understanding also. I like TATTRAT's discription.
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Old 08-31-2006, 09:51 PM   #9
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How about - It helps cool the moving parts.
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To avoid overheating the motor, which is the biggest cause of failure in GDs. If you have a nice large blob of beef fat or chicken skin, for example, it can take several minutes to grind it all away, which beats sticking your mitt in the hole and pulling out that glop. Yuck!

But I do use hot water when I have something greasy to grind. I even pour bacon grease down the hole with hot water -- after adding a bit of detergent to the grease.
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