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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

deja vu all over again...

I was sitting at my desk this afternoon after everyone had left, heard a sound behind me, turned around ... the pipet washer had been left on again.

What am I going to do?

5 comments:

Locomotive Breath said...

Put a timer on it. You can either get one of the clockwork timers that keeps the power on for an amount of time determined each time you use it. I have on one the exhaust fan in my bathroom. Or if the cleaner is supposed to be on from 9-5 or some other regular time, get one of those plug-in lamp timers and set it accordingly. We have one of these on our vaccuum air supply compressor at work. You can get either of these at the hardware store.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

That would work, except that the pipet washer is just hooked up to the faucet at the sink. I wonder if there's a way to have an electric shutoff valve installed ... I'll bet there is. I'll ask my husband. Thanks!

Laura(southernxyl) said...

Update - R says this is indeed possible, piece of cake. Solenoid valve, timer. Thanks for the idea.

Locomotive Breath said...

I'm an engineer and I obviously don't know my way around a chemistry lab. Didn't realize that it was a "running faucet" issue. Here's an easy solution:

Gardena 31169-4 Water Timer

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004SDX9/104-3473019-7780731?v=glance&n=228013

It's like an egg timer with a valve in it. Put it on the faucet that supplies the pipet washer. When you want to run the pipet washer crank the dial on this timer to the number of minutes you need and the water will shut off when time elapses. I use one of these on my outdoor sprinkler. You can also get a kind that has an electronic clock that can be programmed. You could set the pipet washer to automatically run from 5:00 to 5:30 pm every day (just like some people water their lawns on a regular schedule.) You can generally find these at the local garden center.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

My boss found one at a garden store. So there we are. Thanks.