Automatic Faucet For The Home – 2

Yesterday we wrote about how using an automatic faucet in a home’s bathroom can be a very useful device, as it has been for us, for a physically challenged person.

Today we write about one incident which occurred to us when I was away. It stopped working.



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Below is a picture of  underneath the sink in which the automatic faucet was installed. Notice the grey-ish rectangular box?


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If you recall from yesterday’s article, there are two basic ways in which electrical energy is used to turn the water on and off in automatic faucets; connecting the unit to the building’s existing wiring or using batteries. We chose the latter.


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Above is a picture with the casing removed, showing the 4 batteries contained in the unit.

So, why did it stop working? Simple; the batteries had no more electrical charge.

When this happened Catherine, my wife, went on the Internet, found the installation manual on-line, saw how to take the cover off using an Allen key, replaced the batteries and the cover, and voila!

It started to work once again.

The batteries did their job for about 20 months of daily use.

So, if you have a family member who has challenges where turning on / off a faucet is, well, challenging then consider installing an automatic faucet in their bathroom. It is not cheap, but it could be very helpful to keep them living independantly and at home.

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  1. Onlinehandyman says:

    I give your wife a lot of credit for being able to handle that. Not only was she able to go online and get the answer to the problem, but she then fixed it herself- NICE JOB!

  2. John Judge says:

    The cost is not an issue when the auto faucet is a significant aid to a disabled person.
    In our case,I would opt for connecting to existing wiring rather than use batteries. Each person’s needs will differ. We do not have any younger adults around to change the batteries.

  3. Dan says:

    Hi John,

    I hope you are keeping well.

    I agree with your comment (reading between the lines) that each situation is different regarding whether to use batteries or to connect the automatic faucet to the electric panel.

    Thanks for visiting our site and adding to the discussion again.

    God Bless,

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