Garbage In, Garbage Out?
Disposal acting up? Garbage in…No garbage out? Make simple repairs…
The “Rosanne” show made its debut on TV in 1988. It featured a wisecracking carefree mom who headed a dysfunctional blue-collar household. To Roseanne, housework was essentially nonexistent and all house things mechanical were a mystery – like the garbage disposal that magically made things go away. She disposed of things like cardboard and old sneakers until one day it stopped working. Husband Dan, knew it was a simple device, and set out to get it fixed. He flipped the switch and nothing happened. Was it jammed? Unplugging the unit’s power under the sink, he looked inside where he found a spoon.
Removing it, he plugged it back in and turned it on. Nothing. He then located the hex nut on the bottom and gave it a turn to make sure the grinder plate moved freely, which it did. Finally, he located the unit’s red reset button, which had popped out. This signaled an overload from the jammed grinder plate. Pushing it in, he flipped the switch and it worked. Unfazed, Roseanne asked, “So how’s the spoon?”