What Are Causes Of a Dripping Kitchen Faucet?

Did you know that United States E.P.A said that, Kitchen faucet leaks could reach up to 10,000 plus gallons of wastage per year, which is enough to fill up a swimming pool. You can estimate the wastage caused by one simple mistake, which can be fixed. In common issues which have been submitted by the Environment, Department data says, almost 19% of the wastage comes from Dripping Faucets. By fixing the problem, you can save 10% every month on your water bills.

If you don’t know, why the Dripping causes then let us give you few hints on it. You may come across some of the issues and fix it.

As we all are aware that there are many causes behind the Dripping, so we are going to discuss major issues.

1. The Problem in The O-Ring: This problem occurs specifically in cartridge faucets. If you never heard of the O-ring, then you can find it in the hold of Faucet. A small disc is attached to it if that is compromised then the leak is possible. One of the common reasons when the dripping causes are Small Disc is Worn off. If you are looking to replace it, then that is the wisest idea. If you plan to repair it or adjust it, then reconsider it. Also check best blenders for smoothies reviews on Uphomes

2. Corroded Valve Seat: When the valve is used for years then it will be worn off or even get blocked with dust particles. It is highly advised you clean the valve seat once six months with the help of a professional.

3. Worn out Washer: Every time you use the Faucet, it is evident that the washers will be part of the process and when that happens the friction will occur. The friction will wear the washers out within a matter of a year or so.

4. Improper installation of Washer: Mistakes takes places even when the process is done by the professional and have years of experience in the plumbing. Washers are something which needs to be fixed properly, and you cannot confirm it until you use the Faucet. Make sure to check if the bushings are installed correctly.

5. Loose Parts: Due to heavy usage of the service will have some loose ends after few months of the installation. It’s recommended that you try to check if the problem is fixable with fitting the loose ends.

6. Broken Plumbing: It is rare that the plumbing has broken in some areas, but sometimes excess weight or any changes in infrastructure can prove to damage the edges. The incident is known to many professionals, and you can always check for leakages from a broken pipes or so.

Conclusion

There are many reasons behind the Dripping Kitchen Faucet, but the above reasons can be the culprit. You can find the culprit by examining each and every point we have discussed with you all. If you have any questions or have any suggestions for the community, then you can comment down below.

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The Black Swan Effect: Perfectionism and The Bar Exam

The main character Nina drove herself mad by demanding her own perfection.  Though extreme, Black Swan illustrates a common problem for bar students – perfectionism.

Many of my students tell me “I have to know everything” or “I can’t stop until I feel like I know it all.”  These unrealistic standards feel motivational, but can instead be destructive.  Perfectionist thoughts come from your “inner judge” – the little voice that evaluates and punishes you.  Most people experience self-judgment to some degree.  It’s not the judgment itself that hurts bar performance, but how we respond.

In the movie Nina responded by complying with her inner judge’s demands – by dancing harder and longer and making herself feel constantly deficient.  Complying is a common way to respond to inner judgment.  During bar study, complying could mean studying harder, or longer, or never allowing yourself to feel good about your work.  You feel guilty about a low MBE score and then push yourself to study without a break.

Your inner judge is never satisfied.  So complying then leads to more judgment and a downward spiral that lowers your confidence and can drive you to burnout.  Unrealistic standards also cause unnecessary fear and anxiety, which hinder studying.  When strong emotions dominate, your brain learns new information slower.

Here is a basic practice that will help you start to cope with perfectionism:

  • Start to notice that voice in your head that’s judging you – your inner judge.
  • Pay attention to the effect that voice has on you.  How do you feel when you notice inner judgment?
  • Write down what your inner judge says.  Then, with the intention of letting it go, throw the paper away.

Black Swan illustrates the dynamic between a woman and her inner judge and the destructive consequences of pushing too hard.  Nina literally lost touch with reality, driving herself mad. Although perfectionism in bar study may not drive you mad, it can cause you to lose touch with reality.  Remember that in reality, it is impossible to know it all and you don’t have to feel 100% confident to pass.

By learning to work with inner judgment you can increase your chances of passing by directly dealing with the feelings that adversely affect bar study and cause test anxiety.

How do you cope with perfectionism?  Have a story to share?

Want to conquer your inner judgment?  Lauren Fire is the founder of the Mind Over Bar Course, an innovative course that focuses on the mental challenges of the bar exam.  The course teaches in-the-moment practices that help students cope with inner judgment from the inside out.

The Bar Exam Chill Pill

How to Stop Worrying and Plan for Success

With the bar exam merely days away, your head is probably crawling with worries. What if I forget an element? What if I run out of time? What if I have to pee? When a student starts listing concerns like this, I call that a bad case of the “What Ifs.” If you are suffering from the What If’s, you don’t even need to ask your doctor about a drug with a spacy sounding name. The What Ifs are curable with a good dose of what I call the Bar Exam Chill Pill. Yes, I went there.

The Bar Exam Chill Pill is a set of steps that I suggest you take anytime before the bar exam, to improve your confidence when you find yourself with What If-like symptoms.

Step One: Understand, Specifically, What You’re Worried About

Make a list of everything you are afraid might happen. Are you worried you will run out of time on an essay because it keeps happening in practice? Worried you haven’t memorized enough and will forget an element?

Many people fear their weaknesses, so they hide them in the corner of their mind and pretend they will just go away. Treating your worries by ignoring them is like feeding a weed and then hoping it will just pack its bags and move on its own. Your worries will just keep getting bigger and scarier and continue to haunt you. If you really want to be decrease your worry and increase your confidence, you must face your weaknesses and worries head on and make a plan for dealing with them.

Step Two: Brainstorm All Possible Solutions

Now that you’ve listed your worries, brainstorm possible solutions. If each worry happened, how could I solve it? For example, if you worry you will run out of time on an essay, brainstorm potential time management techniques and then try them out to see if they work.

If you worry you will panic, think of all the ways you can calm yourself down. In the Mind Over Bar Teleseminar: Test Taking Toolbox, which will be hosted on Sunday night, I will teach specific tools for calming down your body and turning off your stress response so that you can calm yourself down no matter what happens.

Step Three: There’s a Plan for That

For each worry, put together a specific plan on how you would handle it on test day. On test day, you just might forget an element or panic. But if you have planned how you will handle it, even your worst-case scenario won’t knock you out of the game. Once you have your plans, you have ammunition to combat your What Ifs. What if I don’t know the issue? There’s a plan for that!

Write each of these plans down. These will become part of your last minute review before the bar exam. For example, if you fear you will forget an element, your plan may look like:

“If I forget an element, step one, I will take 3 deep slow breaths, then I will tell myself that I can do this, then try again. If I still can’t remember I will make one up and analyze the rest of the essay, then return at the end to see if I can remember one last time. I will not waste more than X minutes on trying to remember an element.”

If you don’t know the issue at all, maybe your plan is to just analyze it using the closest law you do know. If you worry you will have to go to the bathroom, plan your pre-test water drinking strategy.

Step Four: Practice Makes Confidence

Now practice your plans while you are taking practice tests. Try to make each worry happen on purpose, and then solve it using your plan. The more you prepare and practice, the more confident you will be that you can handle anything.

Worried you will forget an element? Pick a practice essay for a subject you have memory problems with and practice what you will do if you don’t know an element.

Worried you will panic? Do a practice essay and pretend you are panicking, then practice how you will calm yourself down.

In the end, when you walk in to the bar exam, you never know what to expect or how you will feel. A friend of mine had to take the bar exam next to a woman dry heaving for 3 hours during the first session. And he still passed! It is what it is, and it if happens you will solve it and you will pass. So take a chill pill man. Sorry, couldn’t help it!

Lauren Fire is the founder of the Mind Over Bar Course, an innovative course that focuses only on the mental challenges of the bar exam. The course teaches in-the-moment practices you can use to deal with any mental challenge and rock the bar exam.

Conquering Tiredness During Bar Study

To sleep or not to sleep, that is the question. Chronic tiredness during bar study can be more just than a minor annoyance. If not dealt with, you could be losing time, energy, and even confidence. If sleepiness is interfering with your study productivity, don’t just sleep on it. Examine all possible causes and experiment with various solutions.

Health

First look to the simplest solution, your overall health. Your body is operating at a higher stress level right now and may need more sleep than normal. If you are averaging fewer than 7 hours of good quality sleep at night, consider restructuring your schedule.

Likewise, your diet dramatically influences your energy level. If you are not eating right, you body could simply be depleted. Like sleep, during high stress times your body needs better quality fuel. Try adding broccoli, zucchini, squash, asparagus, spinach or other vegetables to your daily diet and dramatically increase your water intake. Also, take a close look at your consumption of sugar when you study. The spike and drop in your blood sugar can, in itself, cause sleepiness.

Are you exercising regularly? Raising your heart rate several times a week will increase your energy level. If you notice you can’t seem to keep your eyes open, quit for an hour and take a brisk walk or go to the gym. Also consider exercising in the morning to wake up your body.

Study Environment

Hours upon hours of monotonous studying can bore even the healthiest person to sleep. Examine where and how you are studying. If the bed calls when you study at home, try other places. When I studied for the bar I could fall sound asleep on top of a book at home and at the library, so I studied in coffee shops with headphones and ambient music. Try different study environments and change it up, or try studying to different types of music or with other people.

Simple body movement will also help combat tiredness. Experiment during your breaks and find something you enjoy that invigorates you. Maybe stretch out or dance in your living room to Michael Jackson for 10 minutes.

Eating activates your digestion, which can keep your body active and prevent you from falling asleep. Keep healthy, non-sugary snacks with you, like nuts or trail mix, and snack when you feel tired. I ate sunflower seeds when I studied because de-shelling them one by one gave my body something to do and kept me alert.

Pay attention to the type of studying that makes tired and experiment with other ways. If reading material puts you to sleep, try doing something different with the material like quizzing yourself at the end of each section or making one note card per page. Try re-working your own outline, explaining the material out loud to your dog, or throwing a bouncy ball against the wall while you quiz yourself. Get creative and keep your body and mind fresh.

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Emotional Health

Sometimes tiredness is caused by something more subconscious. If you feel defeated, frustrated, overwhelmed or resentful about studying for the bar, especially if you are repeating the bar, your mind and body could be unconsciously fleeing through tiredness. When you feel unpleasant emotions, even if you do not notice them, your body’s natural reaction is to get away. This can manifest externally with procrastination or even tiredness.

To examine this closer, take a pen and paper. Think about the bar exam, and for five minutes write down every feeling and word that comes to mind associated with the bar exam. Notice if you get more stressed out, more tense, or more anxious or angry as you write. If a majority of your words and feelings are negative, these negative thoughts and feelings could be causing your tiredness.

Another possible energy factor is mental stamina. If you are spending mental energy taking care of someone else, working a stressful job, or managing other external problems in your life, you simply may be out of mental energy when you sit down to study. If this is the case, see if you can lighten your mental load.

The most important weapon against tiredness is your consciousness. The more you are conscious to what is causing you to get tired, the closer you can get to finding a solution. If you cannot pinpoint the problem, just try various solutions and see what works. Don’t be asleep at the wheel, take an active role in crafting your personal best study environment and you will be surprised by the results.

Want to learn more mental tools to rock the bar exam? Lauren Fire is the founder of the Mind Over Bar Course, an innovative course that focuses only on the mental challenges of the bar exam. The course teaches in-the-moment practices you can use to improve your study productivity instantly.

What if I Blank on the Bar Exam?

Picture this: On day one of the exam you read the first essay, an evidence question. Your heart speeds up, your palms start to sweat, and your mind starts racing.  You suddenly realize you can’t remember the hearsay exceptions.  In fact, you can’t even remember the definition of hearsay!

What happened to that information?  It was still in your brain, but you temporarily could not retrieve it.  In other words, you blanked.   Although scary, blanking is simply the result of your biological stress-response.  With a little understanding and practice, you can remedy even the worst-case scenario very quickly.

Think of your mind as a giant file cabinet. When new information enters your brain, the information is analyzed and filed by your memory.  Your memory then retrieves the information from the file cabinet when you take the exam.

You use different types of memory to store and retrieve different types of information.  You use one type to store and retrieve the hearsay exceptions, and another when you learn to snowboard.

One type, your emotional memory, stores and retrieves emotional information such as fear and anger.  Because emotional information may signal external trouble, the emotional memory is also the body’s security guard and can sound your body’s emergency alarm – your stress response.

For example, if you are feeling fear because a lion is chasing you, your emotional memory will trigger your stress response, releasing stress hormones like adrenaline, and diverting all of your energy to escaping the lion.

When it sounds the alarm, your emotional memory also shuts off the rest of your memory, preventing you from taking in or retrieving other information.  After all, you don’t need those hearsay exceptions when you’re running from the lion.

But your emotional memory is like Chicken Little.  It cannot distinguish between fear of the bar exam and fear of a lion.  So if you feel very strong fear during the exam, your emotional memory may sound the alarm and shut down the rest of your memory, diverting your body’s resources to what it mistakenly believes is external trouble.

If that happens, your memory literally cannot retrieve the information from the file cabinet in your head – you blank.  To remedy blanking, you must learn how to shut off your stress response – to calm your body down.

If you blank on an exam, follow these steps to remedy the situation:

1. Remind yourself that blanking is temporary.  The information did not disappear.
2. Take a few deep slow breaths, breathing low into your belly.
3. Don’t pay attention to your thoughts, just focus on your calming down your body.
4. Relax the muscles in your body, melt into your chair.
5. If you still cannot retrieve the information, skip it and come back to it.

Practice makes perfect. The more you practice learning to calm your body now, especially during practice tests, the faster you can calm your body during the exam itself.

Want to learn more mental tools to rock the bar exam? Lauren Firestein is the founder of the Mind Over Bar Course, an innovative course that focuses only on the mental challenges of the bar exam.  The course teaches in-the-moment practices you can use to calm your body and clear your mind on exam day.

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Five Steps to Bar Exam Confidence

Bar exam takers are always asking: “How can I get confident before the exam?” Many students believe that they must feel confident on bar exam day to pass.

Attorneys and prospective attorneys are generally perfectionists and want to feel sure they’ve done it right. But with the vast amount of material to memorize, trying to “get it right” and “be confident” becomes that imaginary carrot you never quite get to. So here are five steps you can follow today to start creating more bar exam self-confidence.

Step One: Figure Out Why You’re Not Confident

Make a list of everything you are afraid might happen. Are you worried you will run out of time on an essay because it keeps happening in practice? Worried you haven’t memorized enough and will forget an element?

Many people fear their weaknesses, so they put them in the corner and pretend they will just go away. If you really want to be more confident, you must face your weaknesses head on and try to improve them now.

Brainstorm possible solutions. If you run out of time on essays, try different time management ideas. Maybe when you outline an essay, parcel out your time – 4 min on this issue, 6 on this issue, etc.

If you worry you can’t memorize enough, try different memorization techniques. Maybe use a tape recorder to quiz yourself or write elements and pneumonic devices on paper and stick them to your bedroom wall.

Step Two: Make a Plan of Action For Test Day

For each fear, brainstorm how you would handle it on test day. Planning and preparation are the keys to confidence. On test day, you just might forget an element or panic. But if you have planned how you will handle it, even your worst- case scenario won’t knock you out of the game.

If you forget an element, maybe plan to insert something random but similar, and analyze it to your best ability. If you have test anxiety or panic, make a step-by-step plan of how you can calm yourself down.

If you don’t know the issue at all, maybe your plan is to just analyze it using the closest law you do know. If you worry you will have to go to the bathroom, plan your pre-test water drinking strategy.

Step Three: Practice, Practice, Practice

Now practice until you are blue in the face. Make each fear happen to you now on purpose so that you can practice your action plan. The more you prepare and practice, the more confident you will be that you can handle anything.

Worried you will forget an element? Pick a practice essay for a subject you haven’t memorized adequately and practice what you will do if you don’t know an element.

Worried you will run out of time? Try making yourself deliberately run out of time so you can practice how it feels to run out of time and test out your plan.

Worried you will have test anxiety or panic? Do a practice essay and pretend you are panicking, then practice how you will calm yourself down.

Step Four: Fake It Till You Make It

Confidence isn’t something that falls out of the sky. You have to cultivate it and create it for yourself. How would you walk if you felt confident? How would you breathe? What thoughts would you be thinking if you were confident?

Write all of this down on a note card and keep it with you. Then do all of these things regularly now so that they come easy on test day. Even if you feel stupid, just fake confidence until you make it.

Try it now. Walk tall, breathe deeply and think “I can handle this” or “I’m ready for this”. Even though you’re faking it, your body doesn’t know that and you will probably feel a little more confident.

Step Five: Stop Worrying About Being Confident!

Here’s a little secret… no one feels totally confident when they walk into the exam. Many people want confidence because they think it’s necessary to pass – it isn’t. Whether you walk in nervous or confident, all that matters is how you perform on that test.

You probably won’t feel like you know “everything” or have done “enough”. But you do NOT have to know everything. And there is no “enough”. So stop trying to get to that imaginary carrot – it will just keep moving away.

When you walk in, you may feel 10 things all at the same time – scared, frustrated, confident, nervous, ready, angry, happy, and sad. You will feel what you feel. None of it means anything about how you will perform. So stop worrying about it and start focusing on what’s important – planning and preparation.

Want to learn how to handle test day panic or anxiety? Lauren Fire is the founder of the Mind Over Bar Course, an innovative course that focuses only on the mental challenges of the bar exam. The course teaches in-the-moment practices you can use to deal with any mental challenge and rock the bar exam.