Remember back when Jamie the wonder-electrician installed an outlet under the sink in the kitchen so we could plug in the dishwasher and garbage disposal? At that time we all sort of stood around scratching our heads because while we had the outlet we needed to power both machines, we didn’t have a switch to turn the garbage disposal on and off. So if the garbage disposal was plugged in, it was running. It would take a significant amount of work on Jamie’s part to make the outlet switch-operated, let alone only make one half of the outlet switch-operated. And since we pay Jamie in beer, we didn’t feel right asking that of him.
So we had to get creative.
We could plug a switch-operated power strip into the outlet, and then plug the garbage disposal into that power strip. But that would involve going under the sink to flip the switch on the power strip every time we needed to garbage-dispose something. Plus I’m pretty sure having a power strip near a kitchen sink is a recipe for electrocution.
Then Ben had a brilliant idea: A REMOTE-CONTROLLED GARBAGE DISPOSAL.
For only about $25 we bought a three-pack of these doohickeys, called wireless remote controlled outlet light switch plugs. Here’s how it works: you plug it into the outlet, plug the garbage disposal into the switch plug, and then turn it on and off with a little remote control that we keep on the window sill next to the sink.
No complicated electrical work, no risky extension cord, no poking around under the sink every time we need to use the disposal. Just a handy little remote! So far it works brilliantly, and the remote is tiny and unobtrusive.
I married me a smart man.