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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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why is this same item $99.96 at the home depot store?

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Malvido
Whittier,CA
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September 29, 2014
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JohnnyDYI
Lee Summit, MO
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October 6, 2014
The item I believe you're referring to is specially package for Home Depot and is sold in their stores as the Badger 500. The Badger 5 is not available in their stores, but you can buy it at www.homedepot.com for about $20 less than the in-store Badger 500.
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Roger
Salem, Utah
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October 22, 2014
handling costs
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Is Badger 5 & Badger 500 Garbage Disposal the same unit ?

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Thumbs
Mead, WA
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September 26, 2014
If they are not the same unit please tell me the difference.
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capt
SE FLA
September 30, 2014
no obvious difference between models
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InSinkErator
September 30, 2014
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. Badger 5 and Badger 500 are disposers with the same features. Badger 500 is an exclusive model that we manufacture for Home Depot. If you have questions, please feel free to contact InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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Arunc
Raleigh, nc
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September 28, 2014
Yes, they are same unit in different package. One sold in stores is $20 more and moline is cheaper one.
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JohnnyDYI
Lee Summit, MO
September 29, 2014
The best I can tell, the two represent the same unit with the same 2 year warranty. Home Depot offers both units, but the 500 model is boxed and sold for sale in their stores while the 5 and 500 models can be purchased through the Home Depot website. You will pay almost $20.00 more for the convenience of purchasing the 500 model in your local store.
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is the rubber safety gasket removable

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mermaid
olathe, ks
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September 14, 2014
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EagleII
Houston, TX, USA
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September 18, 2014
Yes, if you go under, undo the plumbing and drop the unit. I would not advise running without that item (Mounting Gasket) in place. It keeps the unit snug as a bug in a rug... and prevents leaks.
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grouchy
cape coral fl
October 6, 2014
yes
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InSinkErator
September 16, 2014
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. The standard mounting gasket or MGK-00 of a Badger disposer is not removable from the top. You would have to uninstall the disposer for you to remove or replace it. However, there are several gaskets that are part of the entire disposer. In case it is not the mounting gasket that you are asking about, you may always call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700 for more information about our disposers and accessories. Thank you.
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Springfield
Orlando. FL
October 14, 2014
Yes. It is mounted to the disposal main body, under the sink fixture. Easily removed when the disposal is not mounted to the sink.
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Is it easy to replace the 444-5 to Badger 5?

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charlie
Plantation, FL
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September 14, 2014
Is it easy to replace the 444-5 to Badger 5? My old 444-5 is leaking, and plan to replace to a new one, and hope no much change required. Will Badger 5 be a good choice to fit? (Size, Height, Length).
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Arunc
Raleigh, nc
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September 17, 2014
Replacing was very easy. I removed everything under the sink, also removed the door to the cabinet, this gave extra room to go in. Opened the old one , directions are included with the new one. Replaced it with new one and now it works great. Bager 5 works good for me.
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EagleII
Houston, TX, USA
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September 18, 2014
Follow the install ( using components that come with your badger 5 ) instructions and there shouldn't be a problem. The 444 is a 3/4 HP motor.. and the badger 5 is 1/2 HP. It is (Badger 5) probably some what narrower so no problem with the install re: space. You may have to adjust sink drain pipe. Changing the pipe out, if metal, at the same time is probably a good idea.
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Pilgrim33
Naples, FL
September 18, 2014
I'm not familiar with the 444-5, but I can tell you that the Badger 5 installs very easily. Power connection, drain connection and suspend it from the drain. That's about it.
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I bought a Badger 5 but have not installed it. The normal sink strainers do not fit into it

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Steve
Sharon, MA
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September 11, 2014
Do you sell an oversized strainer. We have septic, and for 30 years have always use a stainless steel strainer, to catch and dispose of food waste.
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EagleII
Houston, TX, USA
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September 18, 2014
Normally badgers or any disposal does not come with a "strainer". That would defeat the purpose of having a garbage "disposer". It's perfectly ok to scrap your dish or other content into it, then with faucet on, turn it on and "poof" the garbage is ground up and disposed. If a double sink, keep the drain "strainer" as you called it in that drain. When soiled, clean it into the "disposer".
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answer 2
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InSinkErator
September 15, 2014
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. I do apologize but InSinkErator do not have sink strainers as an accessory. We have several accessories that would prevent food items from backing up to the sink. These are the non-removable mounting gaskets, removable sound baffles, and sink stoppers. If you have questions, you may call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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batmn1
Ohio
September 16, 2014
Yes Home Depot has a stopper strainer model stp-ds for $18.21 for the Badger it's also available online #100041381 with free delivery to your store
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Springfield
Orlando. FL
October 14, 2014
Disposal comes with a plastic stopper, so you can fill the sink if needed. Don't need a strainer because the disposal will grind up any bits of food, and everything else (like silverware) LOL.
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answer 5
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HomeownerK
mid-Maryland
October 16, 2014
The standard size strainer comes with the Badger 5, but I do not know if it SS. I think the interior mechanism is not SS, and will rust after some time--probably long before the strainer. I think they sell a SS model besides the Badger 5. I would contact Badger.
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what year were these manufactured?

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Nick
Alexandria Va.
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September 9, 2014
Important to know that in terms of warrantee. I bought a Badger back in 2009 and had it installed. It's now gone bad. When I called the company they said that unit was manuf. back in 2003! No chance for a warrantee kick-in there!!
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ccr4evr
Monroe, New Jersey
September 14, 2014
My box says 2008, but I'm not sure that is the year of manufacture. I haven't had mine installed yet, but the box says the warranty is only 2 years anyway so why would your purchase from 2009 be covered anyway?
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answer 2
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InSinkErator
September 15, 2014
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. I do apologize for the inconvenience that you encountered with your disposer. Our customer’s experience and satisfaction is very important to InSinkErator. Kindly send me 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 understand that the Badger Model #5 does not include a power cord. My old Badger Model # 500 has a perfectly good power cord, can I reuse that cord

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Bern
Cleveland, OH
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July 31, 2014
The old Badger # 500 cord is perfectly good, but I need to know if I can use it on the new Badger Model # 5 --- Thanks -- Berni
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Chris
Chicago
August 1, 2014
Hello Bern, I’m Chris from the Home Depot’s how-to Community. Thank you for your question.

If the existing cord is indeed in good shape and includes hot, neutral and ground wires then there should be no problem reusing it.

See the installation instructions here:
http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pd...

I hope this helps,
Chris.

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answer 2
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Pamperito
Lauderdale by the Sea
September 17, 2014
Yes. Make sure you connect the ground wire... water and electricity don't go well together.
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gumby
fremont, ca
August 13, 2014
yes just open the access on the bottom and undo the wire nuts, rewire the same way, i had to do the same thing, hardest part is getting the old cord entry point out ...
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rdmarquis
Maryland
September 2, 2014
Usually these are hard wired with the existing cord leading to your old disposal. However, any grounded cord in good shape will do the trick.
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joe8088
Pacific Palisades Ca
September 2, 2014
yes
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Asked by
Cousin
August 5, 2014
Yes. Disposal power cords are generally a universal fit item.
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Asked by
InSinkErator
August 4, 2014
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. I do apologize but we cannot and we do not recommend reuse of disposer cords. When one removes the cord, it may cause damage to the cord and if reused, one may have an issue with it. As this is an electrical connection, it is always best to use a new cord and plug. If you have questions, you may call InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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Arunc
Raleigh, nc
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August 5, 2014
Yes. I used my old cord too.
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USAgent2005
Menasha, WI
September 2, 2014
Yes you can. You'll need a screwdriver to remove the old ground wire. The directions will show you what to do.
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Maybe a crazy question,

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nash
Mn
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July 6, 2014
but my Emerson just started leaking from the bottom, i was wondering if this Badger would attach to the same flange? (ive had mine for ten years.
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dale0770
Indiana, USA
July 8, 2014
I assume residential kitchen sinks have drain openings the same size. I have only used this brand because I have trusted it for years. I'm pleased with our last purchase.
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InSinkErator
July 8, 2014
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. I do apologize for the inconvenience your unit may have caused you. All Emerson and InSinkErator brand disposers have the same type of sink flanges. A Badger disposer would attach to an Emerson disposer’s sink flange. Please ensure that the flange is still in good condition before re-using it. If you have further questions, you may call the InSinkErator AnswerLine at 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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jimthedean
South Carolina, USA
Home Improvement Profile: DIYer
July 8, 2014
I'm not familiar with an Emerson.

What I can say is that I'm not very good with mechanical things but the instructions were clear enough that I was able to do the installation without professional help...and changing the flange was quite straight forward and permitted the use of parts designed for the new equipment.

The Badger has also been a great product!
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Is the Maintenance Warehouse Model 405750-3 the same as the Badger 5?

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Tigerlily
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June 2, 2014
I understand that Insinkerator makes the Maintenance Warehouse model and it's the same basic garbage disposer as the Badger 5 and 500 with a different warranty and that the 5 and 500 are also the same, just different model numbers for different stores. Can anyone confirm this? I'd like to replace my MW with a Badger and want to be sure that the pipe fitter locations are the same. Thanks.
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Tigerlily
June 3, 2014
What a wonderful system. Thank you for the quick answer Belle. Could you describe the difference between the Maintenance Warehouse model, the Badger 5 and the Badger 500. Also I wonder if you might comment on all the comments related to leaking. Is this something that has been looked at by Insinkerator and do you have any recommendations for reducing the liklihood of cracks. I've had my MW disposal for 8 years and it too is leaking though I think 8 years is a good amount of use. I'm just wondering if there's any advantage to changing from the MW model to the Badger. Thanks again.
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InSinkErator
June 3, 2014
Hi Tigerlily,

This is Belle from InSinkErator Customer Service. Maintenance Warehouse is a brand we manufacture. They are similar to the Badger 5 and Badger 500. Therefore, the plumbing dimensions are the same.

If you have further questions, you may contact the AnswerLine at 1-800-558-5700. Thank you.
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The old one was Model 5-75A Can I replace it with this one?

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Princess
La Quinta, Ca
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May 21, 2014
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gumby
fremont, ca
August 13, 2014
if it was a badger 5, yes, you need to have a power cord, if your old one has one then replace with that one
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Asked by
InSinkErator
May 22, 2014
Hi Princess,

This is Belle from InSinkErator Customer Service. The Badger 5-75A is also a Badger 5 model. Therefore, you can replace your old Badger 5-75A with the Badger 5.

The old Badger 5-75A uses a threaded discharge outlet connection while the current Badger 5 uses a bolted discharge outlet connection. If you used the elbow discharge pipe that came with the Badger 5-75A to connect it to the discharge plumbing, the current Badger 5 will fit exactly the same. But, if you used a straight pipe, you will have to make some adjustments on your plumbing.

If you have further questions, you may contact the AnswerLine at 1-800-558-5700. Thank you.
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Is this the same as the Badger 5-81A?

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bfrchicago
Chicago
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April 28, 2014
I have a Badger 5-81A that is leaking so I plan to replace it. If I buy this Badger 5, is it the same or comparable?
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InSinkErator
April 29, 2014
Hi, this is Jerica from InSinkErator Customer Service. Yes, Badger 5-81A is a Badger 5 model. These two models have the same features like the horsepower, warranty length and dimensions. However, Badger 5-81A came pre-installed with a power cord. You may check with Home Depot if they have Badger disposers pre-installed with a power cord or you may get the power cord kit separately. The part number of the power cord kit is CRD-00. If you need further assistance, you may call the InSinkErator AnswerLine through 1 (800) 558-5700. Thank you.
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Asked by
dino
April 30, 2014
the badger 5 compares to the badger 50. not sure of the badger 5-81a.
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answer 3
Asked by
ths3900
Lee's Summit, MO, USA
April 29, 2014
It will likely fit without any issues. It's an easy replacement. Take a look at were it attaches to the sink. It should be an exact match.

Make sure the power is out to the unit. Some are plugged into a wall outlet and that makes it safer to unplug before making any electrical connections.
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do you carry a different disposal for saptic tanks

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merr
mio
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March 29, 2014
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InSinkErator
March 31, 2014
Hi merr,

I am Belle from InSinkErator Customer Service. InSinkErator
disposers have always been safe for septic systems. A disposer uses only about as much water per day as one flush of a toilet. But the Septic Assist model has dditional advantages. The Septic Assist has a Bio-Charge cartridge attached to it. Every time you turn on your disposer, the Bio-Charge is injected into the disposer. It helps break down food waste before it reaches your septic system. The microorganisms digest both food and household waste inside your septic tank, which reduce the accumulation of solids.

If you have any other questions, you may post them here or contact the AnswerLine at 1-800-558-5700. Thanks!
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ths3900
Lee's Summit, MO, USA
March 31, 2014
You will be better off not using a disposal if your plumbing is on a septic tank.
Just throw your trash in the garbage.
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Ideas about how to keep the galvanized steel end bell assembly from corroding through?

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KDS444
Los Angeles, CA
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March 10, 2014
I rent an apartment that came with a Badger 5 Insinkerator. Not long ago it jammed, and I had to take it out to have a look at the problem. Turns out a random screw had somehow fallen in (not related to the Badger). Anyhow, I removed the screw, but upon reinstallation I had a leak-- out the bottom of the disposal. I opened it up again and could see that the stray screw had punctured a hole in the end bell assembly. I cleaned up the hole with some steel wool, but as I was doing so I discovered that the entire end bell assembly had become paper thin all the way around. It was also clearly pocked with tiny craters all over its surface. Once I had it immaculately clean, I treated the assembly by covering it with a thin layer of aquarium silicone, which I then let cure before reinstalling. It is now holding water, but I dare not actually run it for fear the silicone will tear and the leak will return. Others have already asked about these kinds of leaks: it looks like the galvanized steel corrodes through after a few years. I am considering coating the top of the end bell assembly of the next garbage disposal with the same silicone before installation to prevent this from happening again. Is this a bad idea for any reason? Are there other suggestions for protecting the end bell assembly from corrosion? The zinc plating on the steel just isn't able to hold up (the stainless steel grinder, though... that thing seems to be immortal!).
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InSinkErator
March 13, 2014
Hi KDS444, I am Belle of InSinkErator Customer Service. The galvanized components inside the Badger series are made corrosion resistant by a coating of zinc. Unfortunately, once the galvanization has worn away(which happens long after the warranty of the disposer has expired), plain metal is being exposed to an almost wet environment, that is when the corrosion starts to interfere with the operation of the product. That happens after a long period of time. Avoiding caustic or acidic substances from going through the disposer helps extend the life of the disposer after the zinc coating has worn away. Other than that, there is really no steps that can be taken to slow down the natural progression of corrosion for galvanized steel grind chamber and components.

If you have further inquiry, you may contact the AnswerLine at 1-800-558-5700. Thanks.
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D337z
Belton, MO
Home Improvement Profile: DIYer
March 11, 2014
All you can really do is to replace the unit with a possibly stainless steel unit and/or keep your garbage disposal clean with garbage disposal cleaner to discourage deterioration.
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answer 3
Asked by
Littlefish
Alexandria, VA, USA
March 11, 2014
it seems you need a new one. it only cost about $80. ask the owner to replace it ASAP to avoid possible water damage on cabinetry in near future.
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The model # of this one is 5-84. My current one is 5-81A. Are they compatible?

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Jenny
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March 9, 2014
The model # of this one is 5-84. My current one is 5-81A. Are they compatible?
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Littlefish
Alexandria, VA, USA
March 11, 2014
they should be compatible if they are both Badger 5. Among Bagder 1 , Badger 5 and Badger 5xp, they are interchangeable. where did you find the "model #"?
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InSinkErator
March 11, 2014
Hi Jenny,

I am Belle from InSinkErator Customer Service. Yes, the model 5-84 is compatible to your 5-81A. The difference is that, the 5-81A has a pre installed plug in cord while the 5-84 does not have a plug in cord attached to it. The "-84" and "-81A" are just engineering numbers. 5-84 and 5-81A are both Badger 5 model.

If you have further questions, you may contact the AnswerLine at 1-800-558-5700. Thanks!
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D337z
Belton, MO
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March 11, 2014
Compatibility isn't an issue. Garbage disposals come with everything (except for plumbers putty) you need to install it into an existing sink. You could purchase an upgraded and much quieter garbage disposal and it would still work.
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What is the difference between the Badger 5 and 500 models.

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Donnie
Palm Harbor, Fl
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February 2, 2014
I have looked at the specifications of both and see no difference except in the price. Can you recommend which is the better of the two.
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InSinkErator
February 6, 2014
Hi Donnie,

This is Jim with InSinkErator. The Badger 500 is the branded model for Home Depot. They are the same unit. I hope I have been able to answer you question. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact our AnswerLine at 800-558-5700. Thank you.
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Donnie
Dunedin Fl.
February 25, 2014
My answer is above. The model number is the only difference in the Badger5 and 500.
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dino
April 30, 2014
specs are the same
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ths3900
Lee's Summit, MO, USA
April 29, 2014
I think two zeros and an extra $20. You may be able to order the 5 online from Home Depot. They do not carry it in the store. Delivery on mine was fantastic!
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KenHDOC
Orange, Ca.
Home Improvement Profile: Other
February 3, 2014
Hi Donnie, I contacted InSinkErator to get you an answer. InSinkErator stated that both of these models are the same.

InSinkEraor assigned the model number 500 to the product sold at Home Depot.
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Littlefish
Alexandria, VA, USA
March 11, 2014
They are same to me. they all do their jobs. They are coexist because of company's marketing strategy.
For contractors and builders, they may go with Badger 5 to save money on many installations.
For homeowners, they may choose Badger 500, because they think the better price, the better value, and it immediately available in store.
For the manufacturer, they want to rise the price of Badger 5, but more concern about the reaction of market of price change. so, they keep them both on to test the market. I believe Badger 5 will fade out if more and more customer buying Badger 500, or Badger 5 will fade out and Badger 500 will drop the price if people like Badger 5 more.
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I am replacing the same cracked Badger 5 1/2 HP unit with a new one. Is there any reason why I can not use the existing power cord from the old one?

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Boatman
St Paul
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January 30, 2014
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Asked by
cas55
Cottage Grove, MN
February 5, 2014
If your old cord is three wire grounded and still flexible and in good shape, no cracks in the rubber insulation, etc, there is no reason in world why you can't use it on the new disposal.
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InSinkErator
January 31, 2014
Hi Boatman,

This is Jim with InSinkErator. If your old unit was one with a built in cord, we do not recommend re-using the cord. If it was an uncorded unit and a cord was added, if the cord appears to be good condition, you can re-use it. For safety reasons though, we do recommend replacing the cord as well to avoid any potiential electrical issues.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our AnswerLine at 800-558-5700. Thank you.
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JimC
Florida, USA
January 31, 2014
The new unit does not come with a power cord. The wiring you have for the old unit, provided it is in good condition, will work on the new disposer. It is easy to remove the old unit wiring (turn off the power to the unit first), then rewire the new unit exactly as the old one.
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Merf
January 31, 2014
If it were me and the existing cord is in good shape I would use it.
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Larry
Lake Saint Louis, MO, USA
February 1, 2014
I know of no reason if the cord is in good condition, but why is it important to use the existing cord?
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Donnie
Dunedin Fl.
February 25, 2014
Yes you can use the cord from the old one.
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Septic tank and garbage disposal...

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Kiki
Miami, FL
about Badger 5 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal on
January 30, 2014
We bought our home 4 years ago and it had this garbage disposal. I have since learned that homes using a septic system should not have a garbage disposal. My garbage disposal is leaking now and I am a pretty handy gall and think I could replace it myself...but should I? Any thoughts on if I am doing other damage to my home or system by using a garbage disposal?
Thanks!!
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InSinkErator
January 30, 2014
Hi Kiki,

This is Jim with InSinkErator. To answer your question; Even conventional InSinkErator disposers have always been safe for properly sized septic systems.

A septic system is designed to safely treat and dispose of household waste from the kitchen and bathroom(s). If your system is sized to handle a dishwasher or clothes washer in addition to sinks and toilets, it can handle a disposer as well.

Wastewater flows into your septic tank, where solids that are lighter than water (such as grease, oils and paper) float to the top and form a layer of scum. Solids that are heavier than water float to the bottom and form a layer of sludge.

The middle layer of partially clarified water flows through a distribution box that evenly disperses it into your drain field. Gravel and soil then filter out pollutants and bacteria.

Naturally occurring bacteria in your septic tank help to decompose solid matter.

Also, I have provided for you a link to some additional information concerning disposers and septic systems. It also has information about our Septic Assist Disposer that was designed for customers with septic systems.

http://www.insinkerator.com/en-us/Household-Products/Garbage-Disposers/Pages/Septic-Assist-Disposers.aspx

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact our AnswerLine at 800-558-5700. Thank you.
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ths3900
Lee's Summit, MO, USA
January 31, 2014
I would not use a disposal with a septic tank. Just do not put food scraps down there. Put them in the trash.
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Donnie
Dunedin Fl.
February 25, 2014
I have heard the same about septic systems, but am not an expert. You should talk to your plumber or septic person. It may be that you could use the disposal with certain conditions.
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TreeMan11191
New Carlisle, OH 45344, USA
March 11, 2014
No do not replace it if you have a septic tank. The food waste does not breakdown very well & you'll need to have the tank pumped out much more often & can get into your leach bed & cause problems.
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Littlefish
Alexandria, VA, USA
March 11, 2014
you can still replace/install a new disposal for your kitchen sink. but put its usage on lite. Use strainer to separate the solid waste from liquid,make sure just liquid goes down the sink every time. You don't want your septic tank overflowed every year because you dumped all solid waste in it through disposal. Use disposal on occasionally base for clean up purpose only.
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I have 3.4 garbage disposal.can i replace with this one being a different horsepower

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sonshine
indiana
about Badger 5 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal on
December 31, 2013
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InSinkErator
January 2, 2014
Hi Sonshine,

This is Jim with InSinkErator. All disposers in the Badger line share the same plumbing dimensions. You can easily replace your current unit with the Badger 5 1/2 HP. If your mounting assembly is still in good condition, you can connect this unit easily, as the mounting assembly is univeral on all InSinkErator disposers. I hope I have been able to answer your question today. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact our AnswerLine at 800-558-5700. Thank you.
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Donnie
Dunedin Fl.
February 25, 2014
I am sorry I am not an expert tho I apparently have been stated somewhere here as being one. But, in my opinion I don't know whty you can't use a different powered Disposal. Home Depot should be able to help.
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D337z
Belton, MO
Home Improvement Profile: DIYer
January 23, 2014
Yes. Yes, you can. I recommend the In-sink Erator models as they have more than one sheer ring which results in smaller particles, fewer clogs and the ability to dispose of items like celery and carrots. They're also much quieter than the Badger models while reducing vibration. I also recommend using a disposal with a higher or equal horse power (HP) than your present one. If money is no issue, try the Excel model as you can then dispose of even rib bones if you want! It certainly keeps pesky critters out of your trash.
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Littlefish
Alexandria, VA, USA
March 11, 2014
you mean 3/4 horsepower?
yes, you can use one with different horsepower. the lower horsepower, the cheaper price. but you will lose its performance.
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Nancy
Greeley, CO, USA
January 10, 2014
Yes as long as you are using the proper wire for it.
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SBear
Mechanicsville, VA, USA
January 11, 2014
You need to make sure the pipe fitting are the same. That's what matters,
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what's the warranty period

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George
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December 16, 2013
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InSinkErator
December 17, 2013
Hi George,

This is Jim with InSinkErator. The Badger 5 carries a 2 year, we come to you warranty. InSinkErators full service warranty provides in home service, parts and labor, for a manufacturing defect through an InSinkErator authorized service agency. Warranty in based on purchase or installation receipt. If a receipt is unavailable, warranty is based on the manfucturing date as determined by the disposers serial number. I hope I have been able to answer your question today. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our AnswerLine at 800-558-5700. Thank you.
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Nancy
Greeley, CO, USA
January 10, 2014
one year in your home.
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SBear
Mechanicsville, VA, USA
January 11, 2014
1 year parts included.
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ths3900
Lee's Summit, MO, USA
January 28, 2014
I think the warranty is 2 years. It should last 10 years plus.
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I have a Badger-1 currently installed. Is the Badger-5 a direct replacement for the Badger-1?

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Patrick
Overlea, MD
about Badger 5 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal on
December 12, 2013
Would any extra plumbing work need to be completed or would everything line up?
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Patrick
January 25, 2014
Well I'd like to follow up on this. When I was about to purchase the Badger 5 a friend of mine installed a new Evolution series in a customers house. They had it for about a week and did not like it. They wanted the Badger 5 so he replaced the Evolution with the Badger 5 and GAVE me the evolution series since the customer was going to throw it away. Needless to say the thing works great and is noticeably quieter than the Badger 1 I had.
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InSinkErator
December 13, 2013
Hi Patrick,

This is Jim with InSinkErator. All the disposers in the Badger line share the same plumbing dimensions. You can swap out your current unit with any other Badger unit and would not need to change any of the plumbing. If the mounting assembly (what connects the disposer to the sink) is still in good condition, you can mount the new unit directly to that assembly. I hope I have been able to answer your questions today. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact our AnswerLine at 800-558-5700. Thank you.
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D337z
Belton, MO
Home Improvement Profile: DIYer
January 23, 2014
No, it's an upgrade. It's a loud upgrade I might add. See if you can find something with some sort of sound muffling. Depending on how often you use it, the Insinkerator brand is excellent and I recommend it to literally everybody. I'm not paid to either. It's just that great.
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Nancy
Greeley, CO, USA
January 10, 2014
Now, that depends on your drain pipes. Like me I made several trips to the store to purchase more of different sizes to make them work. However a female friend and I put ours in an afternoon,
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Littlefish
Alexandria, VA, USA
March 11, 2014
they are interchangeable, just make sure you have enough room for Badger 5 under sink. it about 1-1/4 in. taller than Badger 1.
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