Step 1: Gather Some Parts
- A fiberglass extendable pole.
-A small spring loaded clamp
-Small "L" bracket
-A few miscellaneous nuts, bolts, and washers
- A length of cord longer than the extended length of your pole.
Step 2: Assembly
Then lay the clamp on the "L" bracket and drill at least two holes to mount the clamp to the "L" bracket.
Drill a hole large enough for your cord to pass through, between the two bolt holes that hold the "L" bracket and clamp together.
Now bolt the whole thing together as shown in this illustration. Make certain to use washers on the back side of the fiberglass to prevent it from fracturing.
Step 3: Finishing Touch
Tie a small hand loop in the other end of the cord.
Now you can clamp on to a string of Christmas lights, raise the pole to the desired location, pull on the cord to release the string of lights. It's as easy as that!
The pole can also be used to retrieve kites from trees, or (heaven forbid) toilet paper from trees or the roof, or a number of other things that require an additional reach. I've used mine to run wires in tight places in my attic!