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Old 05-08-2016, 06:58 PM   #1
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Vent fan mod for the vertically challenged

At 5'-9", I can reach the bathroom vent with no problems; it's just a matter of reaching up. However, DW is a little shorter than I am (5'-6") and she has to stand on tippy-toes to open and close the vent, and work the fan switch. We talked about the best way to deal with it. A step stool? No, said she. It would get in the way and she'd forget to use it. I told her about a product I heard about, the Barker 29070 Vent Stick, but I balked at the price. But the I thought, why couldn't I modify the vent fan knob to do the same thing?

So here's what I did. I had some heavy duty wire sitting around, and I cut a section about 3" long and bent it to fit into the little notches on either side of the knob:



Then I found an old tent peg -- I literally found an old tent peg on a campsite during a trip many years ago, and being a bit of a pack rat, I kept it. You never know when you might need it for something. This was one of those occasions. I put some foam rubber on the end so the peg can be used to push the fan switch, and I wrapped the end in more foam rubber for a better grip:



Here's everything put together. It seems to work just fine, and the total cost was about a half-hour of my time:



The tent peg can be stored pretty much anywhere in the bathroom, probably in the medicine cabinet, since it takes up no space at all.
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:17 PM   #2
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Way cool!

Much better solution than the stiletto heels my DW was threatening to buy.
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Nice job!!!

I also had to create a tool to assist the vertically challenged..

DW is 5'4", I am 6'2", my problems are banging my forehead on low hanging things. About 2 years ago I created a tool to accomplish the same thing, but used a different approach. I used PVC. One side of the tool fits the fan speed knob the other side fits the knob to open the vent. Works great!!! DW uses it all the time, and keeps her from standing on the bathtub... Since then, I added another ceiling fan in the front bedroom. The problem is that it has a different knob on it... back to the grinding tool to modify the tool to fit both handles.

Here is my original post from 2014:

I will try to find the pictures... found them

Again, nice job!!

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I love home made stuff ... nice work on both solutions
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