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Lever chock for hot water dispensers
Tired of holding that hot water dispenser lever open while the pasta cooker fills? Well, toil no more! But keep a watchful eye for overflows!
About this creation
Please feel free to look over the images and skip the verbiage.

A sink-side hot water dispenser is mighty handy for all kinds of things, and it saves energy, too. But most require you to keep pushing the spring-loaded lever to keep the hot water flowing for safety reasons -- and rightly so.



Well, that's fine for a cup of tea. But when you're filling the pasta cooker with pre-heated water to hurry dinner along, it sure would be nice to do it hands-free.

And that's where this Technic lever chock comes in...



Warning!
An overflow from a hot water dispenser can easily scald you or your dog or someone else standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. Keep an eye on the fill at all times!




Roxie the Hot Water Dispenser Safety Dog says, "You know I'm always underfoot. Spill hot water on me, and I'll rip your leg off!"

Example of planned marketing campaign: As Seen On TV! The Amazing UniStand!.

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Safe operation

Responsible adults will have no trouble using the chock safely:
  • Don't text while filling! It may be hands-free, but the chock isn't eyes-free.

  • And unlike Trix, it's not for kids.

  • Best to reserve the lever chock for big containers and fill them in the sink to drain away any overflows.
∨ NB: I filled cups on the counter for demo purposes only.



Don't try this at home unless you're paying attention!

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Design notes

Only 2 tricks, really:
  • Adjust the distance between the lever hole and the rubber grips (tires) at the business end to ensure that the chock jams securely between your dispenser's lever and spout without too much fiddling.

  • Lock all the wheels to keep them from turning. Otherwise, the chock won't jam at all.






The chock gets kinda grungy from living by the sink, but hmmmm, I can smell that spaghetti and meatballs now!

Again, please be safe!

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Specifications

Overall dimensions:90x48x19 mm (LxWxH)
Mass:21 g
Modified LEGOŽ parts:2 shortened 2L axles
Non-LEGOŽ parts:None
Credits:Original MOC
See also:Useful Gizmos Group, my Useful Gizmos folder, As Seen On TV! The Amazing UniStand!

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Comments

 I made it 
  April 15, 2017
Quoting Oliver Becker Haha, THIS couldn't be better matched by Gyro Gearloose, and HE's the best... ;)
Thanks, Oliver! I'm deeply honored to be mentioned in the same breath as Gyro Gearloose.
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  April 15, 2017
Haha, THIS couldn't be better matched by Gyro Gearloose, and HE's the best... ;)
 I made it 
  April 14, 2017
Quoting Bacon Tomato Your water spiget has an odd delay.
The water's being heated on the fly at the dispenser under the sink, so a small delay is to be expected. It takes =much= longer to get water anywhere near that hot from the regular hot water tap, and you waste a lot of cold water in the process.
  April 14, 2017
Your water spiget has an odd delay.
 I made it 
  April 12, 2017
Quoting Nick Barrett You'd have made it using studded Technic, but I guess Roxie ate it all ?... Mmmm studs... and a usefully convenient gadget.
Thanks, Nick! Maybe the studs remind her of puppy kibble. If so, studs in a row must be irresistible to a linear thinker like a dog. Could something similar explain why studs in a row are so irresistible to us?
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  April 12, 2017
You'd have made it using studded Technic, but I guess Roxie ate it all ?... Mmmm studs... and a usefully convenient gadget.
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  April 10, 2017
Quoting Sven ;o) Something we don't need in Germany. If I open the hot water dispenser, it remains in the position I've choosen till I close it. Never got scalded by hot water. ;) But your solution is very clever and nicely done in Lego. Hope you had a good cup of tea ;) Very kind greets, Sven
Thanks, Sven, and yes, a very good cup! As for your lever: Perhaps the average German could once be trusted with it. But with nose-stuck-in-smartphone syndrome now consuming every waking minute around the world, better hang on to the lever you have. My dead-man's lever is bound to take over. We Americans were just ahead of the curve for once.
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  April 10, 2017
Something we don't need in Germany. If I open the hot water dispenser, it remains in the position I've choosen till I close it. Never got scalded by hot water. ;) But your solution is very clever and nicely done in Lego. Hope you had a good cup of tea ;) Very kind greets, Sven
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  April 10, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes Yeah I'm definitely jealous of the dispenser! And a great idea and very practical build you've made!
Thanks, Doug! It sure cuts the time between stumbling into the kitchen in the morning and getting that dose of caffeine!
 I like it 
  April 10, 2017
Yeah I'm definitely jealous of the dispenser! And a great idea and very practical build you've made!
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  April 10, 2017
Quoting David Roberts The Leg is very nice but I'm just distracted by the idea that you basically have a kettle built into your kitchen: very convenient! Is it on a time clock so that it doesn't run all day use loads of electricity?
Great to hear from you, David! We miss you! Should've expected a tea addict to get distracted by the dispenser. It heats filtered water instantly from cold to tea/coffee brewing temp on demand. Much more efficient than the big hot water heater in the basement. Pretty common in the US and EU and less than $120 here. We use ours many times a day and wouldn't part with it.
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  April 10, 2017
The Leg is very nice but I'm just distracted by the idea that you basically have a kettle built into your kitchen: very convenient! Is it on a time clock so that it doesn't run all day use loads of electricity?
 I made it 
  April 9, 2017
Quoting TMNS 5097 This is awesome! :D
Thank you!
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  April 9, 2017
Quoting Nirds forprez Good thing you didn't build it in Light Bluish Gray.....lol....
Yes, I should've done it in high-visibility orange for safety reasons, but my wife barely tolerates the low-visibility black. She says LEGO has no place in the kitchen! I just don't understand women.
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  April 9, 2017
Quoting Daniel H. Haha, this is great! Just goes to show Lego isn't just a toy.
Thanks, Daniel! In fact, LEGO is mankind's 2nd greatest tool, right after the spork.
 I like it 
  April 9, 2017
This is awesome! :D
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  April 9, 2017
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Very clever! I can see it now. I'll be standing in line at Walmart and I'll look down and see "as seen on Jeremy's Moc page" pay extra shipping and will double your order! Act now!
Thanks, Clayton! But wait, there's more! Scientists estimate that those ads will have used up all known exclamation point reserves by the year 2041! And millenials are using up question marks at an even faster rate! Then there will only be periods to end sentences! But with facts long extinct by then, periods will be useless! Human communication will collapse, and we'll be back in caves! Glad I won't be around to see it, but I worry for our children!
 I like it 
  April 9, 2017
Haha, this is great! Just goes to show Lego isn't just a toy.
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  April 9, 2017
Quoting Sir Flexalot Nice! That wouldn't apply to my house. We have a different style of kitchen sink.
Thanks! Well, you'll just have to tear out that sink and put in one that'll work. This thing is sooooo worth it! ;^}
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  April 9, 2017
Quoting Gabor Pauler Excellent solution for a first world problem.
Thanks, Gabor! The rest of the world has no idea how much we suffer.
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  April 9, 2017
Good thing you didn't build it in Light Bluish Gray.....lol....
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  April 9, 2017
Very clever! I can see it now. I'll be standing in line at Walmart and I'll look down and see "as seen on Jeremy's Moc page" pay extra shipping and will double your order! Act now!
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  April 9, 2017
Nice! That wouldn't apply to my house. We have a different style of kitchen sink.
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  April 9, 2017
Excellent solution for a first world problem.
 I made it 
  April 8, 2017
Quoting Jonathan Demers That's a great idea! :D
Thanks, Jonathan!
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  April 8, 2017
That's a great idea! :D
 
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