How to Make a Low Cost Door Knob Extender for People with Hand Pain
Obtain a length of inch (1.9 cm) plastic electrical conduit or similar plastic tubing.Mark off intervals from on end of 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, and 13 inches (33.0 cm).
At the 1.5 and 4.5 inch marks, cut a notch in the tubing.
Cut through the tubing at the 3 and 6 inch marks to make two 3 inch (7.6 cm) pieces, each with one notch.
In one piece, drill a small hole all the way through the tubing so that when this hole is parallel to a flat surface behind the tubing, with the notch facing up at about a 45 degree angle.
- Enlarge the hole on the side away from the notch so that the head of the screws you will be using will fit entirely through the hole, so the screw head ends up inside the tube.
- On the other piece, drill only a small hole through one side of the tubing, positioned so that the tubes can be screwed together as shown in the photo for the previous step.
Place the two 3 inch (7.6 cm) pieces on opposite sides of the Doorknob and run 2 inch (5.1 cm) drywall screws through the pre-drilled holes to connect the tubes together behind the knob.
Return to the tube you marked in step one, and cut it off at the 13 inch (33.0 cm) mark, now 7 inches (17.8 cm) from the end after cutting off the two 3 inch (7.6 cm) pieces.Place this against the Doorknob with about 1 inch (2.5 cm) extending beyond the knob on one end. Mark the edges of the knob.
Notch the tube to about half the diameter so that the notch will fit over the knob.Getting a smooth cut isn't essential and is difficult if just using a hacksaw.
Drill a small hole all the way through the tube on each side of the notch, so that the line of the holes will be perpendicular to the door when the notch is placed over the knob.
- Enlarge the holes on the side away from the knob so that the screw heads will pass through, leaving them inside the tubing.
Place the 7 inch (17.8 cm) piece you just completed over the knob with the screws run almost as far in as they can go.
- Rotate the two 3 inch (7.6 cm) pieces already attached to the door, so that the screws in the 7 inch (17.8 cm) piece contact the 3 inch (7.6 cm) tubes in good spots for attaching.
- Mark these spots and drill a small pilot hole there. The 7 inch (17.8 cm) tube will be at about a 45 degree angle to the 3 inch (7.6 cm) tubes.
Screw the 7 inch (17.8 cm) piece to the 3 inch (7.6 cm) pieces.Optionally, place a piece of rubber shelf liner between the knob and the 7 inch (17.8 cm) piece. It probably won't be necessary if the notch in the 7 inch (17.8 cm) piece fits closely to the knob. Done.
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- If you want to be able to access the door lock button in the middle of the knob, you might need to use larger diameter tubing and cut a hole for the button. This design assumes you will rely on the separate dead bolt for locking the door.
- This device is not beautiful. If you want something that looks nice and is a lot less work, buy a commercial device for this.
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