How to Make a Homemade ON/OFF Switch

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Introduction: How to Make a Homemade ON/OFF Switch

this will show you how to do a homemade ON/OFF switch with stuff ou can find around the house from little to no cost to you

Step 1: Get All the Materials Needed

Give a general description of the Stepok so this will be very cheap...

- 2 paper fastners
- 1 paperclip (preferably small)

- 1 sheet of paper (not too big,all you need is 3 cm x 1 cm) -> you can get something harder,like cardboard so the switch doesn't break like mine did the first time

- a battery (i used a 9v because that was easier for me.you can use a 3v cell battery,whatever)

Step 2: Get All the Tool[s] Needed

so all you need is an xacto knife or some scissors...

Step 3: The Board

cut out a piece of paper ~3cm x 1cm

Step 4: Make Some Holes

make some holes (2) big enough for your thumbtacks or something

Step 5: The 2 Pins

put the thumbtacks as i did in the pic (or try to)

Step 6: The Thing That Connects the 2 Pins Together

ok so now place the paperclip as i did in pic (open it a little bit and then close it)

Step 7: Test It!

in the 1st pic,the paperclip touched only 1 thumbtack which touched the LED
the other thumbtack touched a metal bar which was connected to the battery

because the paperclip touched only 1 thumbtack ,it wouln'd allow the electricity to traver trough it to the LED

in the 2nd pic,the paperclip touched both thumbtacks which allowed the electricity to traver trough it and get to the LED

Step 8: Finished

well you are finished

enjoy your homemade ON/OFF switch!

check my other instructable

https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-a-very-simple-robot/

Step 9: Questions

any question,comments,ideas on how to make it better?

post them here!

please rate my instructable.

1 Person Made This Project!

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21 Discussions

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3026737
3026737

5 months ago

This really helped. Great Instructable!

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Techno_Bot01
Techno_Bot01

Reply 2 years ago

It's easy enough to see the materials just by reading through the page.

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joszie
joszie

Reply 2 years ago

you are right

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mawa.612977
mawa.612977

Tip 2 years ago

u should add the matreils names so i can be able to know what to buy

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Selenameng
Selenameng

3 years ago

thank you so much

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Sid2003
Sid2003

4 years ago

It is the best switch with very good explanations.

It was very explainatory for me. 0 0

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MarieRose1987
MarieRose1987

5 years ago

TBH, this wasn't very explanatory for me...

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sthomas54
sthomas54

6 years ago on Introduction

Will this work in a large circuit (five switches, one led)?

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daisyc22
daisyc22

7 years ago on Step 7

what did you use to test the switch.. I mean the wires connected to the battery. Is that just a flattened out paper clip?

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saniao99
saniao99

7 years ago on Introduction

This is a really nice switch. Need to do an project with a homemade switch. Thanks a lot! :)

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dale3h
dale3h

8 years ago on Introduction

Did this for a speaker with push pins, a paperclip, a piece of cardboard and a little bit of solder, worked like a charm. Thanks! :)

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JANEBOND007
JANEBOND007

8 years ago on Introduction

ummmm actually they're split pins (in england they are at least)
hope this helps
x

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Johnny Lavabo
Johnny Lavabo

10 years ago on Step 9

This is a really nice switch. It is simple, but effective. I have a litte motor, now I can install it on a car or something. Thanx.

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imthatguy1125
imthatguy1125

11 years ago on Introduction

i cant tell how the paperclip goes and i those arent thumbtacks but this is a great idea

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coolrobot
coolrobot

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

-i know the're not thumbtacks,i didn't know the name of it so i put something that looks like it -you open the side a little bit,put it under the large part of the (thumbtack?) and you close it so it doesn't come off -i will also put a pic or 2 on how the paperclip goes on it so you can understand -check my other instructable,ask questions if you need,and rate it thanks - Alex

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AndyGadget
AndyGadget

11 years ago on Introduction

Needless to say (I hope) don't try this with mains voltage ;¬)