Category: Pouring Aid

DIY Homemade Switch Activated Pouring Measuring Cup Instruction Sheet

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Homemade Switch Activated Pouring Measuring Cup is designed for to help individuals with limited upper extremity strength and coordination as a result of a stroke, multiple sclerosis or arthritis that impacts their ability to pour ingredients during a cooking activity. 

Purchased Materials


On-Stage 6 inches Gooseneck  $5.99

On-Stage TM03 Table Microphone Clamp  $6.88

1.5 In. PVC Connector  $.65

BM-4 Mirror Ball Motor  $10.00

Scrap wood 1 inch x.5 inch x.5 inch $0

Industrial Strength Velcro  $1.50

1 cup measuring cup  $2.00

3.5 mm Audio cable with male and female ends  $.50

Thin copper sheet   $1.00

Total Cost: $28.52

Cost of device retail: $180.0


Drill and bits

Clamps to use while drilling

Craft glue

Double sided sticky tape

Scissors o Index card

Technical Specifications: 

Step 1:

Gather the gooseneck and clamp and attach tightly.

ALTERNATIVE: Purchase a spring clamp at local hardware store. Drill a hole in one of the arms, insert a 5/8 inch wide bolt and screw gooseneck tightly into the bolt OR salvage a clamp from a desk lamp and attach gooseneck with a 5/8 inch wide bolt.

Step 2:

Gather 1.5 inch PVC Connecter and drill. Clamp down PVC tightly and drill a ½ inch hole in the PVC pipe. Twist the gooseneck tightly to PVC, stop twisting when the top of the gooseneck is flush with the inside of the PVC pipe


Step 3:

Obtain scrap piece of wood. Mark the center of the rectangular side of the wood and drill a hole equal to the size of the rotating arm of the mirror ball motor. (You may need to try several sizes of drill bits on a different scrap piece of wood to find the size that creates a snug fit.) Squeeze craft glue into the hole and attach to motor arm, wiping excess glue.

Step 4:

Cut a piece of Velcro to match the size of the wood. Squeeze glue onto the wood and adhere the Velcro. This will assure a firm hold. Do the same for the measuring cup. Be sure to test out the direction the measuring cup will be pouring to attach the Velcro to the correct side.

Step 5:

Make battery interrupter. For instructions on making a battery interrupters, visit the following website:

Step 6:

Attach motor to PVC pipe. Run wire through PVC and push the motor through the hole. Stop when the PVC is slightly over the ON/OFF switch of the motor and firmly attached.

Author:  suresureshel E-mail with questions.


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DIY Homemade Switch Activated Pouring Measuring Cup Instruction Sheet