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     There is no shortage of “blog fodder” created by inventive homeowners as they come up with novel ways to solve every problem under the sun.  Typically discussions of the “repair” would take a “bubba” approach, where----with humor----we might “point out” the absurdity of the repair.

     This post is a little different. 

     This “solution” to a problem was cool.

     Now an electrician could have been called to move the light switch----but short of that, this was kind of a fun solution to the problem of the light switch being stuck in a difficult place between the wall and the refrigerator.

     In the first picture one can see the inaccessible switch with the pull rod connected to the handle.

Switch behind the refrigerator

     In this next picture one can see the handle above the refrigerator that is connected via a rod to the switch below.  By pulling up and down on the rod the light can be turned off and on.

Switch pull handle

     Add a proper switch cover and it is good to go.

 

Charles Buell

 

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Comment balloon 23 commentsCharles Buell • February 03 2009 11:43AM

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That thing looks kinda yucky, greasy and dirty but I guess it did work well for them!  Nice photos.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Pretty heavy duty for such a problem.

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) over 9 years ago

Barbara, you actually can buy switch handle extensions for this purpose----but not back when this was installed.  They are more designed so that kids can reach a switch but they could be used for the purpose I have shown as well.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Larry, they most likely used what they had available.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, I like this solution!

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 9 years ago

Alan that looks like Foxfire to me:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Homeowner's creativity at it's best...I LOVE IT!  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) over 9 years ago

Amy, thanks, I thought it was kind of fun too.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, I can see that the seller was a true handy man...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 9 years ago

Paul, they are a dying breed---in spite of the Home Depots of the world.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles - What a creative chap.  If I keep reading your posts (and I plan to) I may become Bob Villaesque after all.  Well, maybe not... however I'll come out much better off than I came in.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 9 years ago

Jason, it always great to have you stop by my humble blog:)  Can't wait for the new Jabob Sardiesque show! 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles that is cool.  Was this a listing or transaction inspection.  If listing you got to meet him and talk.

 

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Jack, it was a Pre-listing inspection----not sure who did the switch----been there a long time.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

That certainly is inventive...not too pretty...but inventive.

Posted by Jim Albano, Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate (Prudential Damiano Realty ) over 9 years ago

So Jim---how many would you like to order?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, Brings to mind an old adage about mothers, inventions and good 'ol Bubba. Maybe not necessarily in that order... 

Your building consultant in Nashville, TN ~ Michael

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie - I like that a lot!  It is not much different than the light switch plates made for little children to reach from below.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, the link in my post takes you to a place to get those.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Michael, now there was a blast from the past "The Mothers of Invention":)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie, Once in a blue moon we find some creative and novel things.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

James----it is once in a blue moon isn't it.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Looks kinda like the big ole switch they pull when they electrocute somebody. :(

Posted by Kevin Corsa, H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector (H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)) over 9 years ago

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