Hacking the leverless water cooler tap for more water in less time

I’ve been calling myself a hacker for quite sometime now. My dad and I keep tinkering with something when I go home. He spends a lot of time trying to get things to work with aesthetically pleasing hacks and pulls me into it whenever I’m available.

Then, last week, I read Stallman’s post ‘On Hacking’. It got me started to think about all the times, I came up with dorky or funny life hacks. I couldn’t remember while writing this. But I thought that I will document all the hacks that I come up with each time.

The same evening, as I went to the water cooler to fill some hot water to treat my cold, I noticed that the hot water tap was broken. Let’s hack!

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The broken hot water tap. Either drink cold water or figure out how to get hot water.

I tried using my hand at first. It really hurt because the grip had to be real hard while being able to pull the broken lever. I continued to do this but it gave very less water while the lever left an impression on my forefinger.

Problems:

1. Unable to pull lever because of lack of grup

2. Pain due to the pressure between the forefinger and thumb

The solution had to fix these two problems. And, voila! A wild handkerchief appears.

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I was able to hack the handkerchief into a temporary glove. It provided,

1. A good grip to pull the lever for most quantity of water in less time.

2. Lesser pain due to lesser pressure of grip and lesser friction.

Not only did I save a good 6 seconds for every full fill of a water bottle, I was also able to do it with lesser pain.