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I've got a plumbing nightmare that has been going on for a few months. First the garbage disposal died, then the dishwasher. We've gotten by simply by using a little screen in the sink and dishwashing by hand, but now my disposal and dishwasher leak bad whenever I wash dishes.

What I want to know is if it's possible to completely remove the garbage disposal and take the dishwasher out of the "loop". To simply have the sink drain out and the water to go straight to the faucet.

Is this possible? Would be it very difficult? I'd appreciate some information =)

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You can remove the disposer. You can either replace it with another unit, or just eliminate it. You'll need to go to your local plumbing supply; Home Depot; Lowes; or other store that carries plumbing supplies. You'll need to get a sink tailpiece and some kind of y- or t-connector, to run your dishwasher into the drain. It isn't rocket science, but if you're anything ike me, it will totally test your patience.
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Those are some pictures of the disposal itself. I believe the white plug on the bottom is power, and the black L pipe coming out of it goes straight to the drain. I'm not sure what the hose w/clamp above the drain does, but I think it goes to the dishwasher.
Behind the disposal unit is the water, one for hot and one for cold. The one for hot has an additional hose coming out of it going to the dishwasher.

I'm guessing the hose going in to the top of the garbage disposal is the dishwasher drain? I'm probably completely off here, which is why I'm asking in the first place =)

But Basically all I'd need to do is turn off the breaker. Then on the garbage disposal snip the power cord, unplug the drain and the dishwasher hose, and then find some way to remove the hose coming from my hot water source to the dishwasher. Once I've done that, I just need to unscrew the garbage disposal from the top, remove it, and replace it with the appropriate pipe?

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I wasn't able to download your photos. You don't need to concern yourself about the water supply to the dishwasher, unless you plan to remove the dishwasher, too.

The drain hose from the dishwasher usually connects to the disposer an inch or two below the sink, and often is hose-clamped in place.

The disposer can be disconnected from the power cord as you described. Make sure you tape off the bare ends of the cord, or cap them with wire nuts.

The rest of the job is just plumbing.
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Yeah I don't know why the site censored my links. Is there any way around this?

If you replace the **** with "tinypic . com" (no spaces) it should work

I do see the tube that's clamped though. It's in one of the pictures I uploaded.

Is there anything I can do for my dishwasher drain if I remove the garbage disposal? What kind of piece would I need to buy? I'd like to see if remove the garbage disposal helps the dishwasher work again, since the issue was dirty water, maybe removing the garbage disposal will fix this.

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You'll want something like this kit to restore your sink to pre-disposer condition. The short T in the pipe on the far left in the photo is where you would connect the dishwasher's drain hose.

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That looks pretty good. Bottom into drain, side into dishwasher, top into sink. Though it looks like I would need to cut the top to fit my sink, as it doesn't curve it just goes straight up. Although the pipe looks a little thin, no? maybe it's just perspective?

What are all the other things there? I think I see a strainer which I already have.

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I chose the photo just to give you an idea of what you need. For specifics (and also for some free training), I recommend you visit the plumbing section of your local Home Depot.
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