Introduction: Build a High-reach Tool With Household Items

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Are you having trouble reaching stuff on that top shelf? This Instructable will solve that problem. I made this in less than ten minutes, and it cost me nothing!!

Step 1: Items Needed...

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You will need:
1-brake lever w/perch
1-brake cable
1-clamp
3-zipties
1-hose clamp
1-mop or broom handle
1-small carriage bolt w/ nut & washer
Drill bit
Drill

Step 2: Drill...

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Drill a small hole in both clamp handles. Then secure to the end of a mop handle, withe the hose clamp.

Step 3: Feed...

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Feed the cable through the bottom handle and attach to the top of the handle with a carriage bolt. I drilled a hole through the bolt to better accompany the cable.

Step 4: Secure...

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Secure the cable with zip ties.

Step 5: Attach...

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Attach the cable to your brake lever, and secure it to the mop handle.

Comments

RedneckEngineer (author)2009-12-03

Just another shining example of what I love about this site!  Simple home made solutions to everyday problems.  I love it good job!

rimar2000 (author)2009-12-03

This is a very useful tool. I did a similar, but which operates in reverse: to pull the trigger, its jaw tighten.

In addition, both yours and mine have fixed jaw, it would be interesting
if it could turn, to grab vertical or horizontal things.

Wyle_E (author)rimar20002009-12-03

You just need to be able to rotate the lever perch around the stick.  Replacing the nut that clamps the perch with a big wingnut would do it.

I've spent a lot on commercial grabbers, because I can no longer reach the floor without getting down on my knees.  The best bang-per-buck I've found is the "Pikstik", sold at some hardware stores for around $10 (half the price of similar gadgets at drugstores).  The Pikstik has a mechanism that allows the jaws to be mounted parallel or perpendicular to the handgrip.

EaglesNest (author)2009-12-03

Very nice!  I have one thing I just want to confirm, is that brake lever from an old bicycle?

durtbikedave (author)EaglesNest2009-12-03

Yes, really its off an old moped but any bmx , quad, or dirtbike lever should work. Thanks for all the props!! More stuff to come....

masterochicken (author)2009-12-03

I think I might try this. 5 stars good sir. You've earned it.

Doctor What (author)2009-12-03

Nice solution!  Instead of buying one of those expensive grabbers at a drugstore, I could just get one of these!

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