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InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal

The InSinkErator Badger 5 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal features a quick-mounting system that allows for easy installation or replacement of most disposers. This garbage disposal also features a 1/2 HP motor that rapidly grinds food waste for easy rinsing down the drain. The garbage Disposal also features galvanized steel construction for durability.
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Will these work in a manufacturered home?

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Jan
Corvallis Oregon
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February 5, 2016
My mfg. home was built in 1977...would this disposer work?
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InSinkErator
February 8, 2016
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. Yes, you may install an InSinkErator household disposer in a manufactured home as long as it will be for household use only. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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Is this go with any kitchen sink?

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Lisa
CA
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February 3, 2016
I need to replace disposal, Badger that is leaking. But I wonder this disposal go with any kitchen sink? Also I wonder how difference between 5 1/2 HP and 500 1/2 HP. I haven't done replacing disposal before so I want to make sure before purchasing it.
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InSinkErator
February 4, 2016
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. All InSinkErator household disposers require a 3 ½” sink opening and maximum thickness of sink up to ¾”. If the sink will be thicker than ¾”, you may use an InSinkErator extended sink flange which can accommodate up to 1 ¾” thick sink. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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My Badger, after 14 years, leaks at the gasket. Can I just replace the gasket?

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Mitch
Florida
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January 26, 2016
It's been working fine, but recently started leaking at the gasket.
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InSinkErator
January 28, 2016
Hi Mitch,

This is Belle from InSinkErator Customer Service. The mounting gasket of the Badger series can be replaced. We have the MGK-00 that is available to be purchased locally. It will come with two gaskets, the standard (SMG-00) and the deluxe (DMG-00) mounting gaskets. The one that works for the Badger Series disposer is the standard mounting gasket

If you have further questions, you may also contact the AnswerLine at 1-800-558-5700. Thank you.
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is this model # 5-84-A. Also, can we use the same mounting assembly or do we need to replace with the new assembly. Thank You

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RS
Northen California
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January 15, 2016
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InSinkErator
January 18, 2016
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. The 5-84A is a Badger 5 model. You may continue using your previous mounting assembly with any InSinkErator household disposers as long as it is still in good condition. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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PapaSteve
Mesa, Arizona
January 31, 2016
Yes...easy hook-up
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Replacement for Kenmore

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Jimbo
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January 1, 2016
I have a 12 year old Kenmore Model 175.60115. Will this be an exact replacement? Looks very similar.
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InSinkErator
January 4, 2016
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. Unfortunately, we don’t have exact information about Kenmore products. Our knowledge is limited to our own models alone. You may refer to the specification sheets available online to compare our InSinkErator disposers to Kenmore products. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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Why do you advertise it at 86.00 then you go to the store its 96.00 .Thy don't tell you you have to buy three.to get it

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bill
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January 1, 2016
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THDSupport
January 26, 2016
Thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot, Bill. This particular disposal is only available online and not in Home Depot stores. There is no minimum to buy to get the normal price. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the future. Thank you for shopping Home Depot.
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bmjm100
ma
January 26, 2016
You can get the $86.00 price if you order on line like I did...
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Do you have instalation.

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Bob
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November 28, 2015
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InSinkErator
November 30, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. You may contact Home Depot directly to check their installation availability and rates. . If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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pogchop
December 22, 2015
Do it your self
i'm old fat and have a bad back
it took me about 45 minutes
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what is the minimum distance in height, from the disposer outlet to the existing waste outlet through the wall

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jj
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November 21, 2015
I have 7 3/4" from the underside of the sink to the bottom of the existing straight pipe and another 3" to the elbow that goes through the wall, all connections are glued. What disposal will work best.
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InSinkErator
November 24, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. Our disposer’s discharge outlet should be at least ¼” to ½” higher than the discharge trap. For accurate measurements of our disposers, you may refer to the specification sheets available online. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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replacing badger 7, will this just bolt in w/o need for any plumbing changes?

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ed
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September 26, 2015
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InSinkErator
September 28, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. All Badger disposers have the same plumbing requirements. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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answer 2
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Flxblflyr
Cary NC
October 9, 2015
Yes- Just use the existing mount. If you are replacing this one because of a leak, be aware that these leak after a short time (warranty period) because the plain cheap steel construction rusts through. Others make cheaper machines that don't rust out. I've switched to non-steel chamber machines after two Badger- it is totally worth switching the fittings.
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Badger 5-1/2 HP & Badger 500-1/2 HP

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David
Willowbrook, IL
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September 21, 2015
I'm looking at Badger garbage disposals. What is the difference between the Badger 5-1/2 HP, (#100091168# and the Badger 500-1/2 HP, ##203144509) besides the price?
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InSinkErator
September 22, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. The Badger 5 and Badger 500 have the same features such as warranty length, horsepower and plumbing requirements. The Badger 500 is an exclusive model from Home Depot while the Badger 5 is an openline product. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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JohnV
Boston, MA
Home Improvement Profile: DIYer
December 3, 2015
I had a Badger 5 that I installed 5 years ago. It just sprung a leak due to rusting out. The plumber that did the repair work now installed the Badger 500. He claims it will last longer.
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Replacement for Badger-1 1/3rd hp?

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cpm
San Diego, CA
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September 13, 2015
Can the Badger-5 1/2 hp disposal be used as a direct replacement for my old Badger-1 1/3rd hp one? Will all the plumbing and electrical connections fit into my existing setup? I don't want to change the plumbing or electrical connections since I want to do it myself? Thanks.
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Jim
Riverside, OH
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September 14, 2015
Yes CPM the Badger-1 should fit into your existing setup. The plumbing and electrical connections should work with no problems. Just take the old Badger-1 out and put the new Badger-1 in.

I just recently replaced my Badger-5 with a new Badger-5 and that is all I had to do. Plumbing and electrical connections all worked. There was even a dish washer drain that fit into the Badger-5 and all worked great.
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InSinkErator
September 14, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. To better assist with your inquiry, kindly send us an email through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com with your complete contact information and serial number of your disposer and I will get in touch with you. Thank you.
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I would like to replace a Waste King 1/2 hp SS 5000 Stainless Steel with the above Badger 5 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal.

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Katcarken
Shoreline, Washington 98177
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August 3, 2015
Is the existing hardware compatible to make this switch, or is some other hardware required, and if so, where can I get it?
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EagleII
Houston, TX, USA
Home Improvement Profile: DIYer
August 6, 2015
The Badger 5 comes with all the "hardware" needed. I personally would not use "used" plumbing parts even if compatible. If you are not sure of what you are doing, Home Depot would install for a reasonable fee I believe.
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InSinkErator
August 6, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. It is highly recommended that our customers only use InSinkErator parts and accessories to ensure that our products will function properly and that the warranty of the unit will not be voided. All InSinkErator disposers include the mounting assembly inside its package. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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Brad
Indiana, USA
August 13, 2015
The hardware that comes with the Badger is all you will need. You may have to use the drain ring that comes with the Badger because it's likely that the disposal is not compatible with the ring that is already in your sink. If they don't match up then you will have to use the ring that comes with the badger and switch it out . If that's the case you will need plumbers putty to properly seal the Badgers drain ring when you swap them out.
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Lily
Victoria TX
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September 12, 2015
I can't speak on your existing hardware but it would seem they are all about the same.

I made an excellent choice buying the Badger 5 l/1 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal. My
handy man had no problem removing the old and installing this one. Did not take long at all.
Quality and price wise, it can not be beat.
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Flxblflyr
Cary NC
October 9, 2015
Install hardware always comes with the machine (except plumbers putty- needed for ceramic sinks). You'll need to switch that out- it's pretty easy. Instructions are good. BTW, I have had two Badger 5's. Here's the deal- in a few years,the cheap steel bottom rusts through, and water drips through the electrical housing (!) onto the cabinet floor. If you happen to notice, you can replace the disposer. If you don't catch it, your kitchen cabinet will rot out, and maybe much more. My new disposer has a non-steel chamber and stainless cutter parts. It may quit someday, but it won't flood my cabinet.
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JohnV
Boston, MA
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December 3, 2015
My Badger 5 rusted out and sprung a leak in about 5 years. I would suggest paying a bit more too be sure to get a unit that will last longer, such as with stainless steel internals.
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I have a Emerson disposol that on the side says it's a model 5-81. What model do I replace with?

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Kirk
hot springs village, AR
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June 30, 2015
I have a Emerson disposol that on the side says it's a model 5-81. What model do I replace with?
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InSinkErator
July 1, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. You may replace your Badger 5-81 with Home Depot’s Badger 500. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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EagleII
Houston, TX, USA
Home Improvement Profile: DIYer
July 1, 2015
Hey Kirk:
1. InSinkErator IS an Emerson item.

2. InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Food Waste Disposer.
You will want to replace the entire item with all the badger supplied equipment. It is easy ( if you follow the included instructions to replace), Be prepared to add new drain pipe if you find a problem with any metal drain connections under the sink.

3. InSinkErator has/had a 5-81 I'd have to check Home Depots inventory to see if that is still the case.

Or you can pay Home Depot a small install fee and have peace of mind. (G)
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power in amps

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Andy
richmond va
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June 14, 2015
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InSinkErator
June 15, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. The Badger 5 disposer has an amp. (average load) of 6.3. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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GreenFlash
Edmonds, Washington
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June 24, 2015
6.3 amps
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answer 3
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Flxblflyr
Cary NC
October 9, 2015
Wrong question, unless you are sizing the circuit breaker. If you are, then expect about 15A/ HP at 110V.If you're concerned about power, remember that a toaster draws 10 Amps, but produces zero horsepower. My point is that the output- that is, rated power- is a more meaningful measure. Motors vary in efficiency. A perfectly efficient motor (hypothetical) would draw 746 Watts/ HP, but a motor drawing 746 Watts may convert more or less of it to work.
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Is the badger 5 1/2 garbage disposal easy to install

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June 8, 2015
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InSinkErator
June 9, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. We understand that the skill level of the average consumer varies greatly. Regarding the installation of our disposers, some may find our units easy to install. All of our products include an installation manual and we also provide an online tutorial on how to install our disposers through our website at http://www.insinkerator.com. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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EagleII
Houston, TX, USA
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July 1, 2015
Yes.. very easy. If you feel unsure, pay a small fee to home depot and have it installed with peace of mind it is done correctly.
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johndem1x
Leominster,Ma
July 26, 2015
Yes but I am not a Fan for this Garbage Disposal the Badger 5 1/2 hp . Sorry they tend to leak after time just about when the warranty run's out .
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j.c.,mo
September 15, 2015
go to youtube they will show you how even use foul language.
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PapaSteve
Mesa, Arizona
January 31, 2016
quite easy...you may need a second person to help you line it up when attaching to locking ring.
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I cannot find the tool that came with my garbage disposal to unjam it sticking the tool to the bottom so what size tool do I need

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Indianapolis
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June 6, 2015
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InSinkErator
June 8, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. If you cannot find the service wrench, you can use a standard 1/4 inch Allen wrench as an alternative. If you do not have your self-service wrench, and would like one, please let us know and we would be happy to send it out at no charge. Kindly send and email to insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com with your complete contact information and serial number of your disposer and I will process your request immediately. Thank you.
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GreenFlash
Edmonds, Washington
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June 24, 2015
1/4-inch allen wrench (a.k.a. hex key)
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EagleII
Houston, TX, USA
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August 6, 2015
they have a multi purpose tool ( fits more than one type - with a batter handle for leverage ) to do that job. ASK plumbing next time your in the store
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Is this disposal compatible with the IKEA Domsjo sink?

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djbilo
Carrollton TX
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June 5, 2015
I've been reading that Badger makes a 1/2 HP sink with a ring that will work with the IKEA Domsjo sink. Does anyone know with certainty that this is the unit that has been mentioned?
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InSinkErator
June 8, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. All InSinkErator disposers come with a regular sink flange that requires a 3 ½” sink opening and can accommodate up to ¾” thickness of sink. The Badger 5 disposer has an approximate shipping weight of 14 lbs. You may provide these details to your sink manufacturer to check if their sink can accommodate our disposer. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700.
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EagleII
Houston, TX, USA
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August 6, 2015
Looks like a standard sink drain in the single and double basin domsjo sink at ikea. You may need more work by skilled trades folks under the sink if a GFI outlet is not available to plug your disposer into a power source, as well as an above counter on/off switch to control it.

Ask at your local Home Depot what their cost would be for an install by them.
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i have a Badger 1 (1/3 hp). can i use the power cord from it on the Badger 5 (1/2 hp)?

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Reez
baton rouge la
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May 31, 2015
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InSinkErator
June 1, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator® Customer Service. I do apologize but we cannot and do not recommend reusing an old power cord from a previous disposer. It is best to use a new cord and plug. This is for the reason wherein if one removes the cord, it may cause damage to the cord and if reused one may have a problem. Many, many of our disposers are manufactured with the cord attached at the factory and cord removal in this instance more than likely will damage the cord. As this is an electrical connection best to use a new cord and plug. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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johndem1x
Leominster,Ma
July 26, 2015
Yes if it is on at least a 15 amp GFCI outlet you should be fine.
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I have a Badger 5 1/2 hp and am replacing it with Badger 500 1/2 hp. Is this the same model, and can I use the existing parts?

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LoriJan
Davie, Fl
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May 25, 2015
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InSinkErator
May 27, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. The models Badger 5 and Badger 500 have the same features and dimensions. You may still use your existing mounting assembly as long as it is still in good condition. As for the plumbing hook up, you may send us the serial number of your current disposer so that we can check if your current unit would have the same requirements with our new Badger 500. Kindly send us an email through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com with your complete contact information and details of your disposer and I will get in touch with you. Thank you.
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jaco
rhode island
July 28, 2015
they look identical.The difference is probably inside but it should mount to what ever you have under your sink. http://www.insinkerator.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx has answers you may find also
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is there a reset button and where is it

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scrooge
Mesa arizona
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May 16, 2015
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CommunityAnswer
May 16, 2015
The reset button is a red button on the bottom of the disposal.
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Wagster
Houston
May 19, 2015
Yes. On the bottom. Small blue recessed button.
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InSinkErator
May 20, 2015
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. Yes, all InSinkErator disposers have a red reset button at the bottom. Make sure that power is OFF to the disposer. Look under the sink at the very bottom of the disposer. Locate the red, square, reset button (overload protector) that is toward the outside edge. If you find that the reset button has dropped down (out) approximately ¼ of an inch, gently press it back up. It should remain up and almost flush. If the reset button drops back down (out), the motor may still be too hot to for the reset button (overload protector) to engage. Let it cool down for 3 – 5 minutes and try again. The reset button should stay up (in) after the motor has cooled. Try the disposer. If resetting the disposer is ineffective, check to be sure there is power to the disposer. If your unit has a cord and plug, make sure the wall switch (on/off device) is in the OFF position, unplug the disposer, and use another small appliance in the outlet to see if it is working (after plugging it in, don’t forget to flip the wall switch or other on/off device to the “on” position to test). If your disposer is hardwired, check the circuit breaker to be sure it is on. If you determine that there is power to the disposer, and the reset is engaged or will not engage, there may be an internal problem with the disposer itself. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through insinkeratorfeedback@emerson.com or call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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EagleII
Houston, TX, USA
Home Improvement Profile: DIYer
August 6, 2015
Yep.. can't miss it.. Stick your head UNDER disposer and look for red reset. If you need help: InSinkErator :: 1-800-558-5700
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PapaSteve
Mesa, Arizona
January 31, 2016
Yes...a red button on the bottom of the unit.
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