In my case, I realized something was wrong earlier in the week when I went to empty the garbage from under the sink one evening and discovered a not-so-attractive puddle of dirty drain water riddled with oatmeal and flax seed taint.
"Hmmmmmm," I said to myself. "That's not right."
As one who's never afraid to self-diagnose a plumbing issue, I left the cabinet open, turned on the water, and immediately observed several tell-tale drips trickling out from the bottom of the disposal.
"Hmmmmm," I said to myself. "Things just keep getting worse."
Finally, I turned on the garbage disposal while the water was still running and noted that the trickling from the bottom of the disposal turned into a rapid waterfall. After a few seconds, I heard the GFI circuit next to the sink trip, and the disposal stopped.
"Time for a trip to Home Depot," I murmured, as I placed a Pyrex container under the sink to catch any leakage for the time being.
After cleaning up the puddles under the sink, I headed out to pick up a new unit. While browsing the selection at Home Depot, I was relieved to learn that most garbage disposal models don't change too much from year to year. Within minutes, I was able to find the newest version of my current model, and I made my purchase.
We decided to make due with the leaky drainage arrangement until I had a full day at home to attack the project, just in case I hit any snags. After finishing up with our Saturday morning oatmeal and coffee, we decided that today was the big day. With wrench and screw-drivers close by in my pajama bottom pockets, I turned off the circuit to the sink, donned my runner's headlamp, and plowed head-first into the project.
The entire process was extremely simple, taking me less than three minutes from start to finish. For your convenience, I've outlined the steps below:
How To Change A Garbage Disposal
Step 1 - Locate the old garbage disposal.
If you live in a traditional home, you'll most likely find
the garbage disposal in the kitchen.
|There it is... under the sink.|
If you live in a Ryan Home, you'll most likely find the
garbage disposal installed in the bathtub.
Step 2 - Remove the old garbage disposal.
|Note that the old garbage disposal has been removed.|
Step 3 - Install the new garbage disposal.
|Install the new garbage disposal as shown, above.|
That's all there is to it.
Tofu Skillet Scramble
|Next time, I should have chosen a not tofu scramble-colored plate.|
While there are many different versions of this staple vegan dish, our favorite is Robin Robertson's take, which is available in her book Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less, and also online HERE at Google's books website.
This hearty treat combines firm tofu, baked potato, scallions, red bell peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes along with nutritional yeast and a handful of spices. The ground fennel seed, in particular, lends a sausage-esque flavor to the dish... without the sausage, of course.
We enjoyed our scramble with a huge helping of balsamic-roasted broccoli.
As for you protein/calcium worry-warts, let's fire up the Cronometer, shall we?
|Carbohydrates and Lipids|
|Vitamins and Minerals|
Again, my plant-based meal of tofu skillet scramble and oven-roasted balsamic broccoli has provided over 50% of my daily protein needs, and over 20% of my daily calcium needs.
As we can see, there's no need to eat meat or drink milk to get enough protein and calcium in our diets.