LESLIE: Brandon in South Dakota is on the line with a question about the garbage disposal size. What can we do for you today?
BRANDON: I’ve got a family – two little boys. And I was just wondering about sizing the garbage disposal. Should I go with a ½-horse, a ¾-horse? And then my follow-up question to that is: how hard is it? Kind of a novice do-it-yourselfer. Would I be able to put it in myself?
TOM: So, to your first question regarding garbage disposal size, I know that they sell disposers that are as small as about a ¼-horse or a 1/3-horse but I would never buy one that size in a million years, because I just see that as a problem in terms of clogs and inability to grind stuff up and maybe tripping all the time. So I would definitely recommend you get a 1/2- or even 3/4-horse. I mean the additional expense is not significant and I really think it’s going to give you better performance over a greater number of years.
In terms of installing them, they’re actually not really that difficult to do if you can handle basic plumbing projects. But remember, you’ve also got to handle basic electrical work and that can get tricky if you’re not familiar and it can actually be dangerous. So, it’s not a hard plumbing or electrical project to do but you’ve got to have some basic skills to take it on. Does that make sense?
BRANDON: Yeah, makes perfect sense.
TOM: Alright, Brandon. Good luck with picking the proper garbage disposal size and good luck with those boys, OK?
BRANDON: Thank you very much. Thanks for your help.