Introduction: Repair a Gopher Reaching Tool

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Having bought two of these I was disappointed in how quickly the grip cups broke off. They were held on by self tapping screws into a hard plastic insert that crumbled. Let's fix it.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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I figured I could put a screw through the cup and bolt it to the arm for a permanent fix.
I dug through my hardware hoard (everyone should have one) and found two small screws with matching nuts and lock washers. I also needed an eighth inch drill bit to drill through the cup.

Step 2: Drill Cups and Install Screws

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I used the eighth inch drill bit without the drill to drill through the cup and pressed the screws through the cup.

Step 3: Bolt on the Cups

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After removing the original screws put the cup bolt through the two holes in the grip arms add the lock washer and the nut and tighten. I added a drop of Loctite to keep it from coming loose with use.(you can also use nail polish or white out). That's it, now I can pick up the dog toys.

Comments

neo71665 (author)2014-03-11

I fixed my grandmas by screwing some suction cups to it and ditching the factory cups.

It's always great when you can fix things instead of having to buy new ones! Thanks for sharing this!

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