I have a single lever, GIAGNI brand "industrial" style faucet where the handle pulls outward to run the water, then forward and backwards (while in the outward/open position) for hot and cold. Being a full-time stay at home mom of toddlers, I'm constantly using my hot water throughout the day (which is outward/forward). Thus, it's a big time, subconscious habit to "quick-flick" it on and off while it's in the "hot" or "pulled forward" position. Now, there is no issue with my faucet (yet).. But, I have a stressful situation where, every time my father-in-law visits, he constantly gets on my case about turning it off in the "upward" or "central" position. Because he nags me SO badly about it, I have gotten to the point where it absolutely stresses me out to even be in my own kitchen because I can never remember to shut it off the way HE thinks it should be. He's a 70yr old, old-school plumber (worked in the field back in the 80's), and I do trust he knows a lot. However, he is a fullblown pessimist and has an air of arrogance on the subject, yet doesn't seem to be too familiar with these newer modern fixtures and technologies. Untill we bought that particular sink and faucet assembly, he said he'd never seen one like it before. I'm not sure if he's correct on this. Therefore, my question is this: Will keeping it in the forward position when off truly hurt it? And if not, how can I politely yet effectively get him off my case about it? That being said, if it is in fact detrimental to the faucet, then (for my own sanity), I will be getting a new faucet with the two levers on each side where off is the standard because there is no way I will ever get in the habit of turning it off the "correct" way. I've tried.
Thank you so much for reading through and thanks in advance for any input and advice offered!!!
First photo: my off position
Second photo: his off position