Step 3: Inside Construction

1. Cut a hole through the washer where you want your switch to go. Make sure it's large enough for your switch to operate smoothly.
2. Solder up and test your battery holder, on/off switch and LED setup. I can't tell you exactly how to do this step because I don't know what you are using. Take a look at my insides picture to see how I did it.
3. Hot glue the battery holder, switch and LED to the posterboard.
4. Cut a piece of aluminum foil a little bit larger than the arrow and hot glue that down to help spread out the LED light.
5. Put some hot glue in 2 of the seams of the posterboard to make it a stronger box. Don't glue it all together because you will need to open it up to change the batteries.
6. Close it up with some pins or however you want and hang it up.
just reminded me....i have stuff in the washer!
Great idea! I couldn't find the parts so I used a 555 IC chip and some LEDs in a Radio Shack box with a small switch. I put some supermagnets on the back to hold it on the fridge door. Hard to see but the two LEDs are under the tail of the arrow - in the panel of the washer, and flash. Switch is on the right side. Idea is for my wife to snap it on when she leaves 1st, so I will see it when I come in...
Very nice. Did you make yours after seeing mine or did we both think of the same idea?
Oh, I was definitely inspired by yours! Excellent idea you had there :) Wish I had found the blinky card, but not a biggy... had the 555 chip already on hand. If I were to do one again, I might go for an alternating blinking circuit! -eb
This is quick, cute and clever. Any chance on posting a video of the finished product in action, though?
I just put a little wmv of it in action. It's really exciting.....
Cute. BUT, I have a simpler plan. I put the Santa Claus Teddy Bear magnet on the washer when clothes are in the washer. I put the magnet on the dryer when the clothes are in the dryer. It always works for me.
Very nice. Not the biggest baddest instructable, but it does what its supposed to do an easy reminder great job
cool instructable, fast, small, very nice.

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