DIYer Ryan O'Horo details a couldn't-be-simpler hack for fixing a poorly designed Brita water filter. His solution: about five seconds with a drill.
I own one of the great miracles of the modern age — a filter pitcher. While this has made my life much more enjoyable, there's a flaw inherent in the design of the pitcher I have.
The problem is that the filter insert seals the top of the pitcher, except for the spout. This is fine, until you try to pour at full tilt. When water leaves the pitcher through the spout, a vacuum is formed inside and air is sucked back in. Pouring is slow and uneven when this happens.
We can fix this by adding a vent. A small hole drilled into the back of the pitcher allows air to enter and the pitcher to empty faster (see the video above).
Fix what's broken.
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Ryan O'Horo is a Maker and DIY hobbyist of many years, published in Make and PC Magazine. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the HTINK Cooperative (www.htink.org) in New York City promoting technology education and has organized dozens of DIY-oriented events as a co-founder of Make:NYC.