2. Asking about Checks

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A: Hi, Tom. This is Hannah from apartment 4C.

B: Oh, hi, Hannah.

A: There is something wrong with my garbage disposal.

B: Exactly what's going on?

A: When I turn on the disposal switch, all I get is silence.

B: When did this happen?

A: Well, about a week ago is when it started sounding strange.

B: Did you accidentally drop something in the disposal?

A: No. I only use it about once a week. I hardly ever put anything into it.

B: Actually, I've heard that too little use is bad for a disposal.

A: Well, no one ever told me that.

B: Did you try to turn it with the disposal key?

A: I don't have a key.

B: Well, I've got a spare key, so I'll come over to show you how to use it.

A: Okay, come on over now, and show me how to use it.

B: If the key doesn't work, I'll have to call the repairman.

A: Well, if it doesn't work, it's no big deal.

B: Yes, but if something's broken, I like to get it fixed ASAP.


2. Repeat


A: Tom, are you there? It's Hannah from 4C.

B: Hey, Hannah. Long time no hear from.

A: My garbage disposal refuses to work.

B: What happens when you turn on the switch?

A: When I turn on the switch, nothing happens.

B: When did you first notice this?

A: A week ago it started sounding different.

B: Did you put something in it that you shouldn't have?

A: I use it rarely. When I do use it, I put pasta or other soft food into it.

B: Maybe you haven't been using the disposal enough.

A: Sort of like an air conditioner in your home or car?

B: Exactly. However, sometimes you can get it going again by using the key.

A: What key?

B: A disposal key. I've got a spare one, so I'll come over to show you.

A: Okay, come on over now, and show me how to use it.

B: If the key doesn't correct the problem, I'll have to call someone.

A: Well, like I said, I rarely use it so it won't be a problem.

B: Well, it's my nature to fix things as soon as I can.


3. Repeat


A: Is anybody home? It's me--Hannah.

B: Hey, Hannah. How's everything going?

A: My garbage disposal isn't working.

B: Can you be a little more specific?

A: Nothing happens when I turn on the switch.

B: Do you remember how it started?

A: about a week ago I noticed a new sound.

B: You didn't drop a fork or anything into it, did you?

A: I don't use it very often. When I do use it, I put only soft food into it.

B: I've heard that disposals need to be run frequently.

A: That's interesting. I never heard that before.

B: Have you tried to turn it manually using the key?

A: I don't have a key, and I wouldn't know how to use it.

B: I've got an extra key. I'll show you how to use it.

A: I'm always willing to learn something new. Come on over.

B: The key might not work. Then I'll have to call the plumber.

A: If it works or doesn't work, it doesn't matter much to me.

B: Yes, but I prefer to fix things now instead of later.


4. Repeat


A: Hello, Tom? This is Hannah in 4C.

B: Hi, Hannah. What can I do for you?

A: My garbage disposal went south.

B: Does it turn at all?

A: There is nothing but silence when I turn on the switch.

B: Did it die suddenly?

A: It started to make a weird sound last week.

B: You didn't try to grind up a dead body, did you?

A: No, that's against the law, isn't it? I only use it on soft food, maybe once a week.

B: Strange as it seems, a disposal should be run frequently.

A: Once a week might not be enough, huh?

B: There's a key that will turn it manually to loosen it up.

A: Even if I could find this key, I wouldn't know how to use it.

B: How about if I bring one over and show you how to use it?

A: Great, come on over, and teach me all about garbage disposal keys.

B: The key isn't a guarantee. I still might have to call a repairman.

A: It's no big deal to me if you can fix it or not.

B: Well, we don't want the food that's in there to start to smell bad, do we?


5. Repeat


A: Hi, Tom. This is Hannah calling.

B: Hi, Hannah. What's up?

A: I think my garbage disposal kicked the bucket.

B: Is it dying, or is it dead?

A: Turning on the switch is the same as not turning on the switch.

B: Did it make strange sounds before it croaked?

A: Last week I noticed that it sounded strange.

B: You haven't been putting mango or avocado seeds in there, have you?

A: I use the disposal rarely. When I do use it, I put only soft food into it.

B: I think a disposal freezes up when it's not used frequently.

A: You mean it's sort of like use it or lose it?

B: Try loosening it up by using the disposal key.

A: Disposal key? I have a house key and a car key, but no disposal key.

B: Well, I've got an extra key. I'll bring it over.

A: Okay, Come on over, and show me how to fix this thing.

B: Sometimes the key works, sometimes it doesn't. I still might have to call a plumber.

A: Well, there's no big hurry, as far as I am concerned.

B: If we don't fix it sometime, your apartment might start to attract bugs or rodents.


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