How many of us have one of these somewhere in their home?
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:
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.