Introduction: THE $10 RETRACTABLE WINDSHIELD CLEANER
[all parts are available from most .99 cent stores and Harbor Freight tools, or any tool place]
OH BOY, DO I HATE A DIRTY WINDSHIELD
the sun hits it, and you can't see 4' in front of you, you grab a tissue and wipe a 6"x6" hole that you are peering thru to drive.
So why can't I just grab a squeegee and clean the inside of the window?
oh it's in the Trunk, and it only cleans a 2' x 2' area, It won't go all the way to the bottom
and now there is wiper fluid dripping into the dashboard. ARRRGH
OK, NO Problem, I can buy a hand held wiper wand, they sell them at the .99 store
Now I can reach the bottom of the windshield, but I still can only reach half the inside of the car
and its so frigging long, I can't store it anywhere except the trunk (where it is useless)
Step 1: The Solution...
I was I was wandering around Harbor Freight and found THIS, heavy duty magnetic pickup wand,
--> Retractable [√] Strong [√] Cheap [√] MINE [√][√][√][√] <--
$5.00 a deal! and here is a better price online:
Went to the .99 store picked up a cleaning wand (plastic) and a bag of faux Shamwows, a bottle of faux Windex, and was ready to go to work. I Built this retractable windshield cleaner using the parts bought from the .99 store and harbor fright.
Step 2: Lets Take This Out for a Test Drive!!
I tested it and YUP! it reaches the whole window from the driver's side.
I can pull the cleaner out, spray some Windex, clean the whole window in the time you wait at a traffic light.
Step 3: Storing the Darn Thing!
My magic wand (yea yea ™) can be stored in a side pocket, or the door compartment ... or even—GASP—in the glove box. The .99 deal? No can store, just too big.
Fully Retracted the wand measures 8 1/2 inches, Extended a whopping 34"
the plastic .99 cent Jobbie is 14"
wanna make one! - Read on
Step 4: Building the Wand - Cutting Out the Plastic
There are a gaggle of photos. -- Since this was my second wand (purchased for the sole purpose of making this Instructable) I went into excruciating details.
I used a Dremel, but its cheap plastic and you can use a snips or exacto to do the same thing.
Step 5: Building the Wand - Placement and Glueing
After cutting out the openings in the plastic to fit the magnet and the rod, I used some hot glue and a cut out business card to build a wall to be used as a dam so the epoxy would not travel. after everything dries, I can pull off the dried hot glue.
Step 6: The Finished Product
I added some strips of industrial Velcro on to the applicator, using the mock Shamwow I got at the .99 store I cut them into squares (I pack gives me enough for about 17 applicator pads) some Windex, or even alcohol and TADA!
Step 7: Sparkly Shiny!!!
What a difference!!
Runner Up in the
mrmetallica made it!