---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself adapted power wheels electric ride on toy for children with disabilities. First locate the two wires that connect to the pedal switch and splice into the wires on either side of this switch. To create a switch for a child who cannot use the foot pedal a standard light switch can be used. Using a hot glue gun secure the wires so they do not hang all over the place and get ripped out. The wires you install should not be visible when you are finished because there is enough space in the car to hide or glue gun them so they cannot be seen. You have two options on connecting the wires together. Wire nuts or soldering iron. Wire strippers and cutters are used to cut the wire to the correct length. Strippers are used to take the plastic housing off of the wire to expose the metal inside. Option 1: Use a screw on wire nut. To use a wire nut first strip the plastic insulation off each piece of wire you want to connect. Approximately a ½ inch of wire should be exposed. Next hold the two wires in your hand so they are laying along side each other. Align the ends of the wire so they are exactly even with each other. Close your hand tightly around the wires and then with your other hand firmly grasp the end of the wires and give them a hard twist so they are touching each other and close together. This allows the yellow wire nut to easily slide over the ends of the two wires. Finally, twist the wire nut until it feels snug. Option 2: Use a soldering iron. This method is a bit more reliable then a wire nut, but it more difficult to do. It takes about 3 minutes using a wire nut, and about 15 minutes using a soldering iron. MATERIALS: Electric toy car with battery, wire nut, light switch, mounting tape, 5 feet of 14 AWG wire. TOOLS: Wire cutters, wire stripper, hot glue gun, soldering iron.
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