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Forum topic by AndreasVZ posted 05-07-2015 03:00 PM 702 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AndreasVZ

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05-07-2015 03:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip power strip switch

I tought to share this.
Wanting to have my hands free while working with the bench drill or another power tool, I tried using a sewing machine pedal but the power was just too much that it just burnt. So instead of having the voltage regulator in addition; just went to homedepot and saw these doorbell switches, that in addition with some power strip and outlets, made them into these foot switch:


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#1 posted 05-07-2015 04:13 PM

Love the creativity… but I have to ask; what is that switch rated at? Door bells typically work on 24v and that is what those switches are designed for, not 120v, and not for any kind of amperage that you might encounter on a power tool.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 05-07-2015 05:47 PM

Good idea, Andreas.

Door bells typically work on 24v…

- MrUnix

You could get a light switch with a rocker action, or push-button. With a bit of deft footwork, that could do the trick for you.

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#3 posted 05-07-2015 05:49 PM

You could get a light switch with a rocker action. With a bit of deft footwork, that could do the trick for you.

Or just get a real foot switch at HF for about $10 :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 05-07-2015 05:49 PM

They also offer closet door switches that are rated for pretty good current.

I am worried about the current those switches are rated for.

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#5 posted 05-08-2015 03:08 PM



You could get a light switch with a rocker action. With a bit of deft footwork, that could do the trick for you.

Or just get a real foot switch at HF for about $10 :)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


Yes, that sounds right but here where I live I would have to also include the shipping and handle rates, time waiting, etc.. etc.. so I bought and build them the same night.
I know the current it’s quite a problem, I would’n use them to operate one of these:

.. but as I said, mainly for my bench drill that uses a momentary power on while drilling or something with low consumption.

I’ll work with an upgrade version that supports more current and are easier to reach as with these I have to step over them instead of just rising the tip of the foot.

Thank you all for the comments!

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