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Any electricians out there?

I'm hoping someone on here has some ideas. I recently purchased an undersink waste disposal unit, garburator, whatever you want to call it. I was hoping to do the installation myself. Basically, the plumbing on it should be easy as pie. It's the electrical that has me concerned.

There's no power outlet under my sink. According to the description I should be able to either plug it the garburator in to the power outlet, or hardwire it directly to the electrical. Now... the only power I can see being easily accessible is to my dishwasher. So my first question, can I legally tap in to this?

Now, if I can't I know there's also a power line somewhere behind the sink. Can I legally tap this?

What is the maximum power I can have on a given line?

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Re: Any electricians out there?

you really need to wire it to a wall switch, don't you?
usually it's wired to a socket on the wall nearest the sink, where you'd plug in a blender....

you cannot exceed the rating on the breaker for that circuit.

although relatively simple, i'd have somebody with some experience install or help you if you have not worked on home electrical...

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[quote author=John_in_the_LBC link=topic=161656.msg3432603#msg3432603 date=1259255791]
you really need to wire it to a wall switch, don't you?
usually it's wired to a socket on the wall nearest the sink, where you'd plug in a blender....

you cannot exceed the rating on the breaker for that circuit.

although relatively simple, i'd have somebody with some experience install or help you if you have not worked on home electrical...
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Well it needs to go to a wall switch as well. But I know this thing is 1hp which is approximately 765watts. I know I already have issues in my kitchen if I run too many electrical appliances at the same time. I really would like to avoid hiring an electrician if possible. I'd rather just take out a permit and do the work myself.

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Re: Any electricians out there?

I see you are in SK. I'm in ON, and just built a new house. Had the plumber put in a garburator, and the electrician ran a dedicated line to a 15A breaker for it, which probably means code requires a dedicated line.
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Re: Any electricians out there?

Exactly what John said.

I do home remodeling on the side and have done several full kitchen rehabs.

You can tap into an existing socket, run your wire over to a wall switch then run your line down to the disposal. This will require you to open up your backsplash so you can access the wiring and mount your new junction box to the stud.

Instead of hard wiring, I would prefer to install a GFCI socket with a plug on the disposal to prevent a potential shock hazard.

If you're not comfortable doing this, hire a professional.

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Re: Any electricians out there?

While you could tap into an existing circuit and install a GFCI, I would not suggest it since you are already having power problems when you have some appliances going.

Your best bet is to run a dedicated line for the garbage disposal and just directly hardwire it with a junction box under you kitchen sink. You can then install a GFI Breaker into your panel which acts the same as a GFCI receptacle.


There are many options and ways you can go about doing this. I would suggest having a professional look at it. Considering I was an electrician's apprentice for about five years.

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I'm going to take everyones advice and just hire a professional for the electrical. Fortunately for me there is a crawl space under my unit which makes getting the wiring there easily accessible.

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Good call. The cost of hiring someone is worth the peace of mind knowing its done right.

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Good call. The cost of hiring someone is worth the peace of mind knowing its done right.
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Now it's just a matter of finding an electrician I can trust. Perhaps a hot female electrician to remove my shorts.

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HA!

I'm a fan of referrals. Just ask your neighbors and coworkers who they have used.

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