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Light switch too far across the room?

Hate it when you're starting to get it on and have to get up & walk across the room to dim the lights?

Impress the geek boy/girl in your life with your clever use of fly fishing line & a binder clip!



I actually came up with the basic design when i was 8 and terrified of turning off the lights before my head was under the blanket (because that's when you're the most vulnerable to monsters). This solved that problem also quite well, proving its usefulness & practicality for all ages.
 
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Step 1: Collect materials

You will need:

- an installed lightswitch (or, preferred, slide dimmer)
- 4 sewing bobbins (preferably with small diameter cores)
- 4 nails (with heads large enough that the bobbins won't fall off of them)
- a binder clip (optional; for the "non-destructive, non-adhesive" installation style *
- enough thin fly fishing line (preferred) or regular fishing line to complete a full path to your target location and back, plus up & down the walls.

  • You can alternatively drill through the light switch/dimmer to attach the line and save your binder clip for other exciting uses.

Step 2: Install the bobbins

If you live in a victorian, etc. with wood trim high on the wall & wooden baseboards, bonus. They're perfect for mounting your bobbins.

Otherwise you may need to find studs in the walls or something else suitable to mount them to.

You want one bobbin mounted almost directly above the lightswitch, one almost directly below, and the other two bobbins directly across from the first two, at the place where you wish to have control of the switch; the bobbins should mark the corners of a square with the vertical sides passing through the lightswitch and through where you want to control the lightswitch.

The bobbins really don't need to rotate at all, as long as they're smooth enough to let the line pass around them without much friction.
chemkid427 hours ago

This is great! I can't believe I never thought of this I guess cause I never had a dimmer.

mwwdesign5 years ago
I did this when I was about 8 too! I also used some Lego bits...
RGM La Paz6 years ago
i did the same thing a year ago but with bendy straws and masonry string
deansep6 years ago
I have had that idea for a long time I just didnt figure out how to get the string on the switch. With my light switch its either tilted up when its on or tilted down when its off so the string would slide off. Think im going to try it. Good instructable either way.
cooblades7 years ago
If I had a brother with this, I would reconnect it to set off some monsters. :-)
you got that idea from bill nye.
While possible.... Something tells me otherwise... Especially since the show went off air right around the time this person was born. I know it was syndicated for awhile, but it's been a long long time since I've seen it :P A pulley is a simple machine, as is a lever - both of which are not novel ideas of Bill Nye.... That, along with Beakman's World were may favorite shows when I was a little kid... You know, right up there with Ninja Turtles :P
tymm (author)  trebuchet037 years ago
actually i'm on the other side of the bill nye gap; the show started after i was in college... i'm more of the mr. wizard generation. if bill nye did a version of the same thing, cool -- but i haven't seen it.
cooblades tymm7 years ago
Bill Nye always scared me... no one could be that happy... something fishy was going on. A rat however, you can always trust to be a rat so I could trust beakman's associates.
fair enough :P hehe, that was a rather big assumption I made :D
HamO7 years ago
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paulgeering7 years ago
Ever wonder that the monsters might come along and cut the line? :-|
use Kevlar.
Sk8rDuck7 years ago
Cool! I used to have a loft bed and I cant climb up it when its dark to I tied a string to the lightswitch hanging down, looping around the bottom of my bed and coming back up to me. This looks like it stays on better :)
trebuchet037 years ago
Very Rube'esque :P And totally Ferris Bueler! You deserve a day off for this :) I might actually make this if I have the parts :P You know, just for fun... And put a nice handle on the end :P
Punkguyta7 years ago
This is pretty neat. I've always wondered about doing something when I was younger (yes the monsters under my bed thing).
_ This reminds me of building 'burglar' alarms and traps to catch my little sister at things when I was that age.
Wonder if it works on conventional on/off switches?
crapflinger7 years ago
it's a known fact that the moment your toes are under the bed when you're getting in...is the moment that you're most vulnerable to monster attack...well...at least under-the-bed-type monsters...they tend to feed on toes... for all those suggesting a clapper...pffftt...what's the fun in that? LOW TECH IS THE RIGHT TECH...
LasVegas7 years ago
Cut the line at some point and tie into it an extended spring from an old ink pen. This would help keep the line taut throughout.
tymm (author)  LasVegas7 years ago
Good idea -- with the fly fishing line I used it's got plenty of springiness and the tension is great... but a spring would certainly allow use of other materials for the line (probably would help if using regular fishing line).