... almost finally ... Hurray for Kiwi ingenuity

Wednesday 6 May 2020

I am sure you will all agree that lockdown can be a real drag sometimes, especially when the weather is not cooperating. So, you've got to admire those around us who take inspiration from isolation (mine, as you see, is onomatopoeia) and create something really useful.

Read on you lucky people:

The Wheely Wash - a Taranaki builder's lockdown invention - Start with boredom, add in some Kiwi ingenuity and it's surprising what can come out of being in coronavirus lockdown.

Oakura builder Gareth Shearman has come up with the 'wheely wash', a way of washing hands without touching the taps or the soap dispenser.

Shearman has heard the "wash your hands" message from his doctor neighbour and everyone else, he said.

"But at the supermarket there's not a heck of a lot of options for washing your hands. I thought there has to be a better way of doing it."

So, the Taranaki man rummaged around in his garage to see what he could come up with. He found an old wheelie bin - which didn't belong to the council - and scrubbed it up.

"I've used a bucket to make the sink and I've made my own taps out of conduit piping. It's pretty DIY, Kiwi ingenuity style. Then water from the basin drops into the wheelie bin."

If shops are going to use it they can't have hoses running to supply the water, because they'll be a trip hazard, he said.

"I thought let's try and make something totally mobile."

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