Step 1: Tools
- A hand drill with a 3/16" bit
- A hot glue gun
- A bench vise
Step 2: Materials
- A plant hanging hook
- A 3/4" dowel rod about 3 to 4 feet in length (the length will vary depending on the height and arm length of the intended user.)
- A rubber tip for the hook
- A rubber pad at least as large as the dowel in diameter
Step 3: Hook Prep
1) Slip a rubber tip onto the end of the hook so it won't mar the window finish. (The tip I used was left over from some assemble yourself furniture that used metal dowels to support some shelves.)
2) Depending on how much room you have to work with the hook may not fit between the window frame and sash hanlde. I discovered this when I was trying the tool out. To correct for this use the bench vise to bend the hook into a more flat alignment.
As I said I didn't discover this until I tested it. I recommend you bend it before you attach it to the handle so you are less likely to split the wood. Although doing it after the handle attached would give you more leverage. Well use you own judgement on this one.
Step 4: Handle Prep
Once the hole is drilled, screw the the hook into place until it won't move any further. I didn't drill my hole quite deep enough so some of the threads are still visible.
Step 5: Rubber Foot Attachment
Once you've chosen a foot you like, whip out your hot glue gun. Put a dab of glue on the back of the foot and stick it on the end of the dowel.
You now have a fully functional tool for opening and closing the upper sash of your windows.