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    I am wondering if there is a code issue with where the garbage disposal switch has to be located. I have a customer who wants to install a disposal and has never had one before. They would like to install it in the inside of the sink base cabinet. This is partly because the exterior walls on both sides of the corner sink are exterior 3 wye brick walls. This would make it pretty hard to install a switch on the walls.

    Is there a rule about location?

  • #2
    Re: switch location for garbage disposal

    Why not do an air switch on the counter? That is what we do on every house. In fact, Houzz has 118 photos of this, which tells me more about Houzz than it does about air switches!

    http://www.houzz.com/air-switch-butt...rbage-disposal

    http://shop.insinkerator.com/p/insin...n-chrome?pp=24
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    • #3
      Re: switch location for garbage disposal

      You can install the switch in the cabinet, no code against it (here).

      As Allan pointed out the air switch is your better option.

      Link to the switches;

      http://shop.insinkerator.com/c/dispo...k-top-switches

      Tom

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      • #4
        Re: switch location for garbage disposal

        Interesting that it's cheaper at H.D. than their website.

        http://www.homedepot.com/p/InSinkEra...S-OO/100062918
        Tom

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        • #5
          Re: switch location for garbage disposal

          Again, I am amazed at the things out there that I have never before seen. Pretty sweet idea and would solve the issue of where to place the switch.
          Thanks.

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          • #6
            Re: switch location for garbage disposal

            My only experience with air switches is with spa tubs etc.

            What are the chances of someone inadvertently activating the switch mounted on the counter top by normal daily usage such as wipeing/cleaning or sitting thngs on it.

            Just wonderin.

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            • #7
              Re: switch location for garbage disposal

              The bezel protects the push button pretty well.

              Tom

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              • #8
                Re: switch location for garbage disposal

                Yeah the button has to be pushed down about 1/4" to 1/2" to activate it. Just wiping across won't do it.
                Tom

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                • #9
                  Re: switch location for garbage disposal

                  Air switches are fine but some people (myself included) don't like taking up space on the counter. You can install the air switch in one of the sink holes, where the soap dispenser or filtered water dispenser would normally go.

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                  • #10
                    Re: switch location for garbage disposal

                    I like putting the switch in the wall near the rear side of the sink next to the light switch for over the sink.

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                    • #11
                      Re: switch location for garbage disposal

                      Originally posted by dgbldr View Post
                      Air switches are fine but some people (myself included) don't like taking up space on the counter. You can install the air switch in one of the sink holes, where the soap dispenser or filtered water dispenser would normally go.
                      I've never seen these air switches take up space on the counter, they are usually located behind the sink next to the faucet and other gadgets. And one less switch to ugly up a nice tile or stone backsplash.
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                      • #12
                        Re: switch location for garbage disposal

                        Originally posted by Allan Edwards View Post
                        I've never seen these air switches take up space on the counter, they are usually located behind the sink next to the faucet and other gadgets. And one less switch to ugly up a nice tile or stone backsplash.
                        I have seen people turn on a garbage disposal by accident on many occasions, because people naturally think the switch on the wall by the sink goes to the light over the sink. Most of the time it is harmless and not very startling because no kid had dropped a utensil down the disposal. But a few times it made someone jump out of their skin when something was in the disposal. Locating the switch on the counter would help with the above described problem

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                        • #13
                          Re: switch location for garbage disposal

                          What about crud collecting in the switch?
                          What is the symbol for designating an air switch on the electrical plans?

                          I'm askin cause I'm doing a kitchen remodel/design at the present time.

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                          • #14
                            Re: switch location for garbage disposal

                            Air switch symbol.

                            Tom
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                            • #15
                              Re: switch location for garbage disposal

                              Tom, I first thought you were peeing on my leg, but upon checking I found something, for all practical purposes, is the same. It is for both air flow and water flow.

                              I'm looking forward to giving the plans to my old electrician "friend" and see if he know what it is. :)

                              I'm sill wondering about crud build-up. I plan to get one and look it over.

                              Thanks, BS

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