I made a mistake this week and chose form over function. Which is nothing new for me. In fact, it’s my default mode. But you’d think I would have known better this time.

When we moved into this house, it already had  a super fancy kitchen faucet that had a retractable sprayer but also 2 (two!) motion-detecting sensors that automatically started water flow. That sounds like a good thing, right? That’s what we thought and we were thrilled to be living in modern times. But 2 out of 5 times we go near the sink, we receive unwanted wetness. We laugh about it and call that faucet “the enemy” and have developed some weird approach movement patterns to try and stay dry.

So you would think I would have known enough to resit the urge to get a dish soap dispenser activated by an electronic motion detector. But no. And guess what’s happening now.


Yes. Little 1/2″ pools of emerald green dish soap slobbing up the countertop. And that’s now when it’s in its permanent spot. During the short trip from the counter where I unboxed it and filled it up to the resting spot next to the tap there were at least 6 surprise dispensing incidents.

It looks good, though right? Unless I go broke from excessive dish soap purchases, I think I’m going to keep it. Expect kvetching!


3 thoughts on “Pump”

  1. I have the opposite problem. I can get the soap dispenser in a public bathroom to immediately sense my presence, dispense its essence and then send me from sink to sink in a desperate search for a sensor to assent to grant enough water to rinse it off.

    I swear to Gord I can hear the little bastards laughing at me.

    1. I am so glad to be able to be of use to you for a change. The taps in my company headquarters – an award winning green building, doncha know – are set like that to conserve water. Even if you find the sensor’s sweet spot, the water flow only lasts a measured 2 seconds. I discovered you can park a paper little drinking cup in front of the sensor and then the water flows until you move the cup away.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s