I’m planning our wiring changes and thinking about kitchen appliances. I personally don’t like garbage disposals. They get stuck and most of what you can pour down them is compostable anyways. But I know they’re important to some people. Should I wire with a future GD in mind knowing it might matter to the sale or rental value of the house or should I just let it be the next persons’ project?
A little background on this question…a garbage disposal, whether it’s hardwired or plugged in, needs to have special consideration for both the circuit it’s on and how the receptacle or box is set up. There’s a switch, somewhere around the sink, that lets you turn it on and off. You don’t want to just pull on any circuit that’s in the wall as 1) it might be interfering with code (i.e. that circuit might be powering your dishwasher or fridge) and 2) the convenient circuit might not be able to adequately handle what you’re trying to do (i.e. every time you run your GD, your lights dim). Right now, with no drywall, counters, tile, and all that jazz in the way, it’s the best time to install a switch and box on an appropriate circuit (I might also need to run some cable to get the right circuit there). It’s not no-work to do, but it’s way less work to do it now rather than later. Likewise, there’s some cost involved, but probably less than $50 all told between a switch, a gfci receptacle, and some romex.
Worth it or a waste of time and fifty bucks?