LOL, don't even go there. I have enough OCD as it is without worrying that I've trapped a cat in the dishwasher.
Don't put your other hand in the water at the same time.
You let go of the switch before you touch the faucet.
Leaving the water running after cutting off the switch is good because the water will rinse away any residue left in the disposal.....I leave my water on every time I use my disposal and when I cut it off, let the hot water run for a few seconds then cut it off.
I wonder if any deaf people ever got injured by a running garbage disposal? Anyone know? I have never met one person with any hand or finger damage from a running garbage disposal.
I have known so many deaf people and myself included who have flooded our homes by leaving the water on. That seems to be a common issue in the Deaf community.
Like Alleycat, I had several, and will never have another disposal.
Three reasons: 1) Dumb people living in the house can't follow simple rules of not letting things fall into the disposal, 2) I've seen the results of plumbing issues caused by large amounts of food put in there, and 3) It is much easier to scrape food in the garbage than sticking my hand down there to dislodge items on a daily basis.
As for the discussion of having lighted switches: There are many choices out there like those lighted switches found at HD or Lowe's....there are also commercial-grade warning lights from sites such as Kele.com, Grainger's, etc.
That's what is good about a deadman switch. You don't have to remember it. As soon as your hand leaves the switch, it turns off the disposal. There is no way that it will run by itself.Your hands would mostly be wet if your putting food in the garbage disposal , my hands get wet when I put garbage in my garbage disposal
I still think a deadman switch is not the best idea. People do forget to think if they're in a hurry .
It wouldn't be next to the disposal. It would be on the wall in place of the original disposal switch.I would not want a deadman switch next to my garbage disposal especially if I had small kids in the house , small kids loves to push buttons and see something happen. I think your idea is a great risk .
I love switch timers. I have them on all my bathroom fan vents. They come in various time increments.Something like a woods 59717 decora style 60 minute timer, mechinal wall switch. $13 is cheap. Set to anyb time up to 60 minutes
Gross!When I was a kid our garbage disposal had to be turned on by putting your into the drain and pushing a button at the top . We had a nanny that would stuff the garbage disposal with crap and not know how to turn it on , and me having the smallest hands had to get all the crap out. I was always afraid of losing my hand by pushing the button by mistake! I had to do at least once a week. I am happy to say I still have both hands.
You have more bad luck with disposals than anyone I know.Speaking of dumb people the woman that owned my condo before me dropped some nails into the disposal and did not take them out. The first time I used it I could not hear the nails being grinded on and they broke the disposal . I was lucky a nail did not coming flying and hit me in an eye !
When I lived in San Diego, in the 60's, the law required residents to use disposals for their garbage. The city picked up only trash, not garbage. That was the first time I lived somewhere that used garbage disposals. When I lived in Connecticut, we had a well and septic tank, so we didn't have a disposal.We need to have a disposal in my condo as we keep the trash totes in the basement and if we put table scrapes in the trash it bring the rodents
into the house. And we have dumb people that will put raw garbage in their trash and leave it there for a week in the basement in the summer and the whole building stink like a landfill!
I love switch timers. I have them on all my bathroom fan vents. They come in various time increments.
You have more bad luck with disposals than anyone I know.
When I lived in San Diego, in the 60's, the law required residents to use disposals for their garbage. The city picked up only trash, not garbage. That was the first time I lived somewhere that used garbage disposals. When I lived in Connecticut, we had a well and septic tank, so we didn't have a disposal.
Sigh . . . I didn't say it was your fault. I said you had bad luck, with the nails, and with your experience of reaching into the drain. At least that's how it seemed from your description of events.What are you taking about? I only had one thing happen and it was because the idiot I brought my condo from did not take the nails out she dropped into the disposal ! I had no idea there where nails in it! I never did anything to mess up my disposal, the woman that owned the condo before me was a drunk and I had no idea she was an idiot too.