Tales along the way in my quest to Integrate Everything.

Saving Water, One Flush at a Time

Over the past month I’ve noticed that the toilet on the main floor has been running (filling) a lot – overfilling by minutes, if not more. A closer inspection of the inner workings revealed that part of the mechanism responsible for shutting off the water flow was cracked, making it mechanically difficult for the float ball to rise high enough to push the plunger down enough to shut off the flow of water, resulting in hundreds of wasted gallons of water. A quick trip to my local Home Depot found me a very cool-looking, quieter replacement, but now I had no float ball upon which to mount the magnet for my flush sensor. I had to come up with a different solution for monitoring when this toilet was being flushed.

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