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Ez Door Closer

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"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable wheelchair users to close the door behind them. To make this door-closing aid, drill holes to install the eye hooks in three separate locations: at the top corner of the door,.at the inside top corner of door frame, and at the center of door frame. Tie one end of the rope to the hook on the door. Thread the rope through the hook on the top door frame. Thread the rope through the eye hook on the center of the frame. Attach a bracelet or other handle (whatever suits the user's hand grasping skills best) to the end of rope. As the user goes through the doorway, he/she can pull the handle to close the door. If the individual is unable to pull a door closed, an S hook can be attached to the rope by closing one end of the S to secure it to the rope. Using the other end of the S as a hook, attach it to the wheelchair. The chair pulls the door closed as it moves forward. Once the door is closed, back the chair up a bit and unlatch the hook. (The length of rope may need to be adjusted.) MATERIALS: Three large eye hooks, eight feet of light rope, one plastic bangle bracelet, and an S hook (optional). TOOLS: Drill. SKILLS REQUIRED: Drilling and assembly. TITLE: EZ Door Closer. WEB SITE: TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project at http://www.iltech.org . REF: Ten Dollar Tech Ideas. TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project, can also be contacted at 1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois 62701; 800-852-5110 voice/TTY, IL only; 217-522-7985 voice; 217-522-9966 TTY; 217-522-8067 Fax.

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