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--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a means for individuals with arthritis, spinal cord injury, or upper extremity or mobility disabilities to turn light wall switches on and off. Included in a chapter titled "Housekeeping & Getting Around," this article provides detailed instructions and illustrations for creating a simple extension for light switches. A small hole is drilled in the end of the light switch and a corresponding hole is drilled in the end of an acrylic rod or wooden dowel. A thin wire is formed into a loop, with the top of the loop fed through the hole in the switch and the other part of the loop through the hole in the rod or dowel. A small, lightweight ball or ornament can be attached to the bottom of the rod for ease in grasping. MATERIALS: Wooden dowel or acrylic rod in the length needed for ease in reaching, thin wire, and small ball or ornament (optional). TOOLS: Drill. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic carpentry. TITLE: Light Switch Extension. BOOK: Easy Things to Make to Make Things Easy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications for Older People & Others with Physical Limitations. REF: Cambridge, Massachusetts: Brookline Books: p. 74. PAGES (including cover) 2. 1997.
Notes: The author recommends that this project be done with the electricity to the switch turned off. ** The author notes that this extension works better with positive on/off switches rather than mercury switches. ** Care should be taken that the materials used are lightweight in order to prevent the rod from pulling the switch down.
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