Apartment Projects #1: Million Dollar Idea...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 10-02-2009 03:06 AM 1515 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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How many of us have one of these somewhere in their home?The Problem...
Yeah, I thought so, almost everyone. Am I the only one, or do other people have a hard time remembering which pull is for which? 50-50 chance and I was forever picking the wrong one!
About 5-6 years ago I was visiting a friend and she had one too, with one pull marked with an ornament. I asked whether the marked one was for the light or the fan and she said she forgot! Well, I said to myself, this is ridiculous! So I gave thought to scrolling out something to define the pulls once and for all…
My first thought was just to cut the words “Light” and “Fan” out of a couple pieces of scrap, but how would that help someone illiterate or who spoke a different language?
Anyway, I went to work that night and as luck would have it there was a bulb out in the basement of the restaurant. I went to get a new one to change it, and there…on the side of the box…was a little cartoon of a light bulb! A light bulb went off in my head and I had the answer, at least for the light pull. I thought about a small propeller type thing for the fan but didn’t think it would wear well with constant yanking…
Ultimately, I came up with these:The Solution!
I could have tied them to the string, but I was too lazy to try to untie the loop, so I just made a couple of quick fishhooks out of a clothes hanger. Life couldn’t be better now…It’s amazing how good it is when the simplest little nuisance problem is resolved, permanently! And everybody that sees them wants some for their own! You guys and gals that work the fairs and such ought to bang out a bag full of these! They cost next to nothing to make, and I would think people would think nothing of giving you a five or ten spot for them…$$$$ :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 10-02-2009 03:10 AM

Great idea but do they hit together with the air of the fan at full speed?

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#2 posted 10-02-2009 03:14 AM

No, they’re heavy enough not to go flying around but not so heavy that they wear on the switches either…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Harry Randles

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#3 posted 10-02-2009 03:27 AM

One Problem solved another waiting round the corner

Well done Mike

-- Harry Manchester UK

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#4 posted 10-02-2009 03:39 AM

Mike, yoiu really didn’t have to go to that much trouble. With the light bulb hung, the other has to be…..................?? :-))

Good idaea & job!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 10-02-2009 03:40 AM

great idea, but my ceiling fan has one chain broken off, luckily it is the light chain, so the fan still works good.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 10-02-2009 06:27 AM

Great looking idea. Nice catch.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 10-02-2009 06:30 AM

That one turns on some lights.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 10-02-2009 08:15 AM

Great idea. I have turned some pulls but they are just designs. Yours solves the wich switch problem good.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 10-02-2009 08:56 AM

and i urbaje , from mongolia ,
can tell difference in dark !
it say i in wrong house !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 10-02-2009 10:02 AM

Topomax: I thought of that too!! But it didn’t look balanced or finished because I still had to tie a 1/4” nut to the other one to weight it down. The string will tie itself in knots if unweighted…someday I’ll break down and buy a couple chain pulls… if I ever think of it while I’m actually at the hardware store…
Scrappy: It occurred to me to simply paint one “White for Light”...That way, any shape would do…
Patron: My Blind Friend said, “Just take the string off the light switch! What the heck do I need that for…?”

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 10-02-2009 12:43 PM

Great idea Mike!
Necessity is the mother of invention… and creativity!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#12 posted 10-02-2009 07:03 PM

Great thinking Mike,

But aren’t you afraid of getting a shock by grabbing the brass end of the bulb? <(:O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 10-02-2009 11:36 PM

Wonerful idea Mike.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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