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Old 01-11-2009, 02:07 AM   #1
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Hello I am new here but not new to the home repair seen. I am hoping someone can help me find something for my own house.

I am looking for a single light switch wall plate that has 2 strings coming out the bottom so a small child can turn the light on and off. My 3 year old grandson is driving me nut because he can't reach the switch. I know they make what I am looking for because I put one in a house a few years back. I have used all my resources up. I am hoping someone can tell me were to buy one.

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These?
http://www.leapsandbounds.com/catalo...3ded5aa2df3929
http://habitatter.com/accessories-ch...FQw9GgodzR0iDA

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Thanks Jerry I saw those. and I may have to buy it if I can't find the type I am looking for.
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Not saying this is the best way, but ....
Get a blank cover plate
Drill a hole in the center
Install one of these instead of the wall switch http://electrical.hardwarestore.com/...ch-601554.aspx
Extend the chain as far down as you need it
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Jerry Someone told me to do that as well. But we are thinking about a 3 year old boy here. It would take his 2 pulls and I would be changing the switch. The one I installed a few years back was real easy to change the strings in the event they where pulled out. I may end up getting the first one you suggested.
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Or just change the switch to a motion sensor switch, no strings
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[quote=DUDE!;210851]Or just change the switch to a motion sensor switch, no strings[/quote

Thanks for the reply DUDE. I have the motion switches in all my bathrooms, utility room, and laundry room. They aren't the best thing to have in a bedroom. Tried that and it scared the crap out of me when I rolled over in bed and the lights came on. That lasted one day.
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You have to admit, you'd be a pretty Kool grampa if you had one of these. and your right, I forgot about setting the sensor off in the middle of the night.
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I think you're out of luck.

I was able to find this reference to the kind of switch you're looking for here:

http://www.shortdwarf.com/main/dwarf...s_daily_living

You'll find the following entry on that page:

Lightswitches, added 5/6/99
Target also sells light switch covers that replace your existing cover and have two strings that go down the wall --- one has a moon and one has a sun attached to the end of the string. You can pull the sun to turn it on and the moom to turn it off. We have them all over the house, works wonderful for my 3 year old achon.

However, the "Target" they're referring to is probably www.target.com

And, all www.target.com has are decorative light switch covers. Perhaps they no longer make the item anymore.

I would look in your Yellow Pages under Medical Supplies, Assisted Living or Wheelchairs. The product you're looking for would also be required by someone with limited use of his/her arms or by a dwarf (midget). Only they wouldn't want such a light switch with prancing ponies or coloured balloons on it.

I don't have children so maybe I can't see what's wrong with this plan: what do you think of the idea of replacing the light switch in the wall with a duplex receptacle and wire a light switch into an electrical box with a cord coming out and a plug on the end. Plug the "switch cord" into the duplex receptacle and leave the switch on the floor or screwed through the drywall to a stud. I realize that's not going to meet any electrical code, and you'll have 120 VAC within easy access where your grandson might poke something metal into the electrical box to see how the switch works, but you should be able to wrap the thing in duct tape or epoxy plywood to the outside of it to prevent your grandson from sticking anything into the electrical box. That'll last until he's old enough to know better anyhow.

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