1984 - Volume #8, Issue #3, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Long Arm Light Bulb Changer"No idea is old if you haven't heard it before," says Dr. Dale Welbourn, Neola, Iowa, who devised a simple tool for changing those hard-to-reach light bulbs in stairways and rooms with high ceilings.
Welbourn made his light bulb changer out of an 8-ft. long, 1-in. by 1-in. stick. He nailed the plastic top from a pressurized shaving cream container to one end and glued a circular piece of rubber to the top of the cup. "The rubber gives it better gripping power to remove the old bulb and screw in the new one," says Welbourn, who also lined the inside wall of the container with electrician's tape to help grip the bulb. "It's important that the
holding container be the same diameter as the bulb," he notes.
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