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    Anti-Contamination Sink Spigot Handle

    If you think your hands may be contaminated with the Novel Coronavirus, you wash them. But are you sure you don't recontaminate them by shutting off the spigot?

    Here is a general idea of how you can invent your own double-decker spigot handle. The bottom can be contaminated while the top remains clean.

    If you are interested, please see

    https://rick.sparber.org/AnticontaminationSpigot.pdf


    Your comments are welcome. All of us are smarter than any one of us.


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    Thanks rgsparber! We've added your Anti Contamination Faucet Handle to our Miscellaneous category,
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    Excellent and very creative, Rick. The concept of creating a new part so as not to touch the infected part is your big contribution. So those of us that have levers can vise-grip (or clamp in some way) a longer lever to the existing part using your same sterile technique. Thank you.

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    Nice post Rick.
    Might be safer and easier to wash and disinfect the spigot at the same time as washing one's hands though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyg View Post
    Nice post Rick.
    Might be safer and easier to wash and disinfect the spigot at the same time as washing one's hands though.
    It would be safer to disinfect the spigot but I would not find it easier because I would forget to do it. I do see that plastic part sticking up and it reminds me where to put my hands.

    You do bring up a very important point. There is a spectrum of solutions for most problems. At one extreme we have a fully manual approach. What you suggest is in that camp. At the other extreme is a fully automatic solution. A light sensor driving a water valve comes to mind. But this is a continuum - most solution involve a mix of manual and automatic. The challenge is to find the correct blend for a particular situation.

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    Another approach is to keep a small sponge in a dish of disinfectant next to the spigots...

    Turn spigot on with "dirty" hand.
    Wash hands
    Pick up sponge with washed hand and use it to turn off spigot

    Works for any style spigot handle and disinfects possibly contaminated handle after each hand washing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mklotz View Post
    Another approach is to keep a small sponge in a dish of disinfectant next to the spigots...

    Turn spigot on with "dirty" hand.
    Wash hands
    Pick up sponge with washed hand and use it to turn off spigot

    Works for any style spigot handle and disinfects possibly contaminated handle after each hand washing.
    At least for bleach water, the surface must remain wet for 4 minutes before all virus is dead.

    Rick



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