Whizbang Toe-Tapper
Faucet Switch

Dateline: 30 May 2014

I need more of me. One to take care of the Planet Whizbang mail order business. One to get making more Classic American Clothespins. One to work in my garden. And one to get the first 100 Toe-Tapper faucet switch prototypes made (as explained Here and Here). Oh, and one of me to blog and answer e-mails too.

My goal is to get the Toe-Tappers made and for sale on the internet within one month of coming up with the final design concept. So I need to have them done by June 17. I’m making good progress, considering that there is only one of me. I fully expect to be selling these nifty little devices by the 17th.

The picture at the top of the page shows one Toe-Tapper starting to be assembled in my shop. It's not all that impressive yet, but you just wait. As noted previously, it will consist of four HDPE components and a unique water valve that I recently discovered. 

Unfortunately, the only company I can find that sells the water valve has informed me that they don’t want to sell wholesale to me. It’s the first time in 14 years of creating products and selling by mail order that a company has refused to do business with me. Their focus is on “selling wholesale to garden centers and hardware stores nation-wide.” So they decided to “pass on the opportunity” to sell wholesale to me. Maybe if I called my company Whizbang Garden Center or Whizbang Hardware they would change their mind. Whatever. I ordered 100 of the valves at retail price.

(Hmmm..I do like the sound of Whizbang Garden Center.)

I have bought the domain name of (there is no web site yet). If you have never bought a domain name, it’s really simple to do. I buy mine at GoDaddy. I actually own 21 domain names. I’ve had more but let some lapse. I looked up and found that someone had already purchased it. But I could buy it for $688! And that's for just one year. It cost me $43.51 to get for three years. 

click the picture for a closer view

It’s fun to think up domain names and see if they are still available.  I took a few minutes to “free-think” some domain names and found that the following ones are all not available:

But the following domain names are available:

Stay tuned for more updates on the soon-to-be-released Planet Whizbang Toe-Tapper Faucet Switch.


Sheila Gilbert said...

I want to be the first buyer.
How about a Pre-Pay? I'll do it right away. Hey, what can I say, I'm old, and this would save my body from torture of walking a mile every minute or two.
I can't wait to see your new invention.
PS My Whizbang Notes are Fantastic! I have a new pocket notebook that I put them in, and they are saving me a ton of time. I am back to writing everything again, and I am thrilled that I have lists again, and finally get all I need while I'm out shopping, and not forget half of what I went for. I laugh every time I look at them. Funny how such a small thing can make life so much easier.

Herrick Kimball said...

Hi Sheila,

I've decided not to sell these until they are done and ready to ship. Pre-selling them takes more time and effort on my end and time is something I just don't have much of lately. Check this blog daily. I'll be announcing the completion and availability of the Toe-Tappers right here.

Thanks for the positive feedback on the Whizbang NOTES!

Anonymous said...

Herrick; I have one of the foot Operated water shut off valves. Its made by Yard Works and is called the Water On/Off Foot Pedal. I've had it for some time now just rediscovered it in the shed. Not trying to be a kill joy but wanted you to be aware of the competition. Judging by the pictures you have shown, the materials your using are much better. Wales

Herrick Kimball said...

I appreciate you letting me know about this product. I did a Google search and it is hard to find a place that sells it. Used to be available at Amazon but not any more. Thanks again.