14. Water Under the Sink (Part Two)

Ed came home from his errands and put groceries into the cupboard and the refrigerator. He a flathead screwdriver and a pair of pliers his toolbox. In the kitchen, he got down his hands and knees and turned on the . After a couple of minutes of looking, he what to do. He had never opened up disposal before, but there is a first time everything.
The cylindrical disposal was about 7 inches diameter and had a horizontal seam dividing the half from the bottom half. The halves were together by three screws. Ed jiggled the bottom of the disposal; it was loose because two the three screws were corroded. Only one screw still doing its duty. Ed unscrewed it.
The half of the disposal was now lying on cabinet floor. Ed thought for sure that it be full of months-old food, but there was food, only a hardened, torn, useless gasket. The day Ed went to the hardware store to some screws and a new gasket. The employee him that they did not carry those gaskets suggested that he write to the manufacturer. Ed home. He created his own gasket by using sealant that comes in a tube. He applied sealant, screwed the two halves back together, and his fingers.
The next day he turned on water and switched on the disposal. When he the water pouring out of the seam, Ed one thing: it was time to buy a disposal. The good thing was that new disposals at $79. The bad thing was that it have to be installed by a plumber. Plumber started at about $80 an hour. Ed decided since the disposal used a lot of energy the world needed to use less energy, from on he would put his scraps into the garbage bag. He reminded himself to tell everyone work tomorrow about how he was now helping solve the world’s energy problems.