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Soap Dish Switch

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"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with severe physical or upper extremity disabilities to operate switch-adapted toys or devices. To make this switch, drill two 3/16-inch diameter holes in the top of the soap dish. Drill matching holes in the Plexiglas or other material to be used for the paddle top of the switch. Drill one 7/16-inch diameter hole in the top of the soap dish for the switch. Drill a quarter-inch diameter hole in the center of one end of the soap dish bottom section. This is for 1/8-inch phone plug. Cut and strip both ends of the speaker wire. Solder the two wires to the leads on the plug. Place tape around one wire to insulate from the other wire. Thread the wire through the phone plug housing and screw together. Insert the plug in the hole in the end of the bottom of the soap dish and tighten. Tie knots to keep the wire from slipping through the hole. Insert the switch in the center hole of the soap dish top. Tighten the switch. Solder the two wires to the two leads on the switch. Put the screws through the holes in the switch paddle. Put the cut pieces of quarter inch tubing over the screws. Put the screws through the holes in the top of the soap dish. Put the nuts on the machine screws and tighten until the paddle is stable but the switch operates easily. The back edge of the paddle should touch the soap dish top just after the switch is made. This protects the switch from hard usage. Replace the top on the soap dish. The two pieces of the soap dish may be secured with a small screw or glue. DIMENSIONS: The soap container is 3.75 x 4.25 x 1.75 inches. The switch top is 3.25 x 4.25 x 0.25 inches. MATERIALS: One plastic bar soap travel container, one paddle switch top (may be colored or mirrored Plexiglas or painted plywood or hardboard),· two half-inch-long pieces of quarter-inch diameter clear plastic tubing, two each ##8-32 x 1-1/2 inch long round head machine screws,· two each ##8-32 nylon insert nuts, one push on/push off or momentary switch, one 1/8-inch phone plug , four feet of two conductor, 24-gauge stranded speaker wire, and solder. TOOLS: Drill with assorted bits and soldering iron. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electrical.. TITLE: Soap Dish Switch. WEB SITE: Oklahoma ABLE Tech at http://okabletech.okstate.edu/. REF: Make-n-Take Do it Yourself AT. Oklahoma ABLE Tech can also be contacted at Oklahoma State University Seretean Wellness Center, 1514 W. Hall of Fame, Stillwater, OK 74078 USA; 800-257-1705 V/TDD, 405-744-9748 V/TDD, 405-744-2487 Fax.

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08/04/2004