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Dave Hatfield
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 These are my favorite wine glasses.  I seem to go through a lot of them because they're quite fragile.

I do wash them in the  d/w but that's now where they get broken.  They're more likely to get bumped or knocked off the counter;

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During a recent kitchen remodel I picked and installed a Delta Touch2o for the kitchen. On / off by simply touching the faucet assembly just about anywhere. Both my wife and I have gotten so used to it we curse all the other faucets we meet.

 

https://www.deltafaucet.com/touch

 

Not the same as a foot operated, but close?

 

Another slight modification I made was to add a length of plastic tubing from the soap pump to a gallon (?) size Dawn dishwashing soap container. Saves the need to refill the fiddly little screw up container supplied with the pump assembly.

 

 

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5 hours ago, CentralMA said:

 

Another slight modification I made was to add a length of plastic tubing from the soap pump to a gallon (?) size Dawn dishwashing soap container. Saves the need to refill the fiddly little screw up container supplied with the pump assembly.

 

 

Great thinking!!!

 

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On 4/23/2021 at 7:31 AM, CentralMA said:

During a recent kitchen remodel I picked and installed a Delta Touch2o for the kitchen. On / off by simply touching the faucet assembly just about anywhere. Both my wife and I have gotten so used to it we curse all the other faucets we meet.

 

https://www.deltafaucet.com/touch

 

Not the same as a foot operated, but close?

 

Coincidentally, I saw this thread pop up in the forum, and came here to say almost exactly the same thing. We had to replace a leaking faucet when moving into our new place, and also ended up with a Delta Touch2O. Have been very happy with it (I have some minor quibbles with the spray head, but that is unrelated to the touch tech).

 

On 4/23/2021 at 7:31 AM, CentralMA said:

Another slight modification I made was to add a length of plastic tubing from the soap pump to a gallon (?) size Dawn dishwashing soap container. Saves the need to refill the fiddly little screw up container supplied with the pump assembly.

 

I tried this years ago (using a purpose-built extension kit), and could never get the soap pump to actually pull soap up from the bottle. Was there any trick in priming the pump to get it to work the first time?

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6 hours ago, dtremit said:

 

I tried this years ago (using a purpose-built extension kit), and could never get the soap pump to actually pull soap up from the bottle. Was there any trick in priming the pump to get it to work the first time?

 

I took the soap dispenser head (pump) to a big box home improvement store, found where they sold the clear vinyl tubing, they sell in 10 foot length blister packs in the plumbing department. I do not remember the actual inside diameter I purchased, but I was able to test fit the intake on the pump to the tubing. It would not slip on, but it was close. Purchased, got home, placed end of tubing in just boiled water for 20 seconds or so then forced it on the pump. Cooled down it wouldn't budge, I figured that was a success.

Cut it to the needed length, drilled a hole in the top of the Dawn bottle to just fit the outside diameter of the tubing, dropped it to the bottom. Poked another 1/8" hole up very close to the threads on the Dawn bottle so that the pumps would not created a vacuum. 

 

It does work for me, but I do not get a "force" of dishwashing liquid ejecting from the pump on each push. That's OK for me, a few pumps gives just enough, doesn't waste it like I would in the past.

 

I can also say that the pump I'm using is not a Delta product, it did not come with the faucet. It was also purchased for  big box store.

 

But it works. I just looked at the soap container, it's been in use just about 6 months now, nearing half used. It's not quite a gallon container, maybe 40 ounces or so? It's probably saved me filling that tiny under counter bottle at least 4 or 5 times? Saved me a lot of soap too, I'd never take the bottle out from under, I'd try to fill from above with a funnel, guessing what looked about right. Always a flood of dish detergent wasted.  

 

 

Edited by CentralMA
boiled, not spoiled. threads, not treads. under counter, not undercounted. I hate autocorrect. (log)
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On 8/19/2021 at 10:19 AM, jaw said:

cool system, @CentralMA.

pics?

 

does pressure equalization happen somehow? i.e. is your jug of soap caved in, and does it become progressively harder/slower to dispense?

 

My apologies for the very delayed response.

 

From my post above:

 

Cut it to the needed length, drilled a hole in the top of the Dawn bottle to just fit the outside diameter of the tubing, dropped it to the bottom. Poked another 1/8" hole up very close to the threads on the Dawn bottle so that the pumps would not created a vacuum .

 

So far it's been working very well. Due to the distance and the resistance of the small diameter tubing you do get a bit less product on each pump, but I consider that a good thing. Just like laundry detergent, it's easy to use too much.

 

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1 hour ago, AlaMoi said:

did similar - but the counter pump 'leaked' air and the soap drained back . . .

 

I guess I had good luck. Got the pump at Home Depot (or maybe Lowes....who can remember). I do remember that the manufacturer was Glacier Bay. Yes, a cheap knockoff to the better units. But it has served me well.

 

I did have to soak the tubing in boiling water in order to get it to go on the pump, even then it needed a bit of force. Maybe that was the trick? Getting a smaller diameter tubing?

 

On the same idea, just picked up a Fomoto valve for my automobile drainpan. No more wrenching the drain plug out and getting oil splashed everywhere. Place the vinyl hose on the outlet, flip the valve, oil is managed well into a drain pan. Should take 5 minutes off of future changes.

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30 minutes ago, gfweb said:

@CentralMAwhat do you do with the used oil?

 

 

Used oil goes back into the new oil empty containers....then off to my mechanic that does the stuff I'm not comfortable doing, or have the time to do. He has a heating furnace for his shop that burns crankcase oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, etc. 

 

Any WalMart will take used oil, whether you bought it from them or not. Also most of the big home stores (Costco, BJs, Sam's) will accept it also. They also burn the oil for heat. 

 

And that's why our world is on it's way out.

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