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Old 05-17-2022, 11:16 AM   #1
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I made a thing - vent knob reacher tool for the wife and kids

In the new RV, everything is magical with remote switches, touch panel, and app control .. and yet they dropped the ball with the vent opener/closer. It's a manual knob that I can reach, but no one else in my family can.



A piece of PVC and a 3/4” - 1 1/4” coupler.



I cut a PVC coupler to have notches that matched up with the sticky-outie-parts of the knob.

It’s not clean work, I did it at the campsite with a hacksaw (while entertaining guests, no less). I think a multitool/oscillating tool would have worked better.





I may spray paint it and get a big toy jewel to carry around as a scepter when it’s not in use as a vent reacher/opener.
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Clever tool. Your family is lucky to have someone like you to fabricate solutions.
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Clever tool. Your family is lucky to have someone like you to fabricate solutions.
If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.

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I built one using heavy wire. There are a pair of holes in the knob that I put a wire loop between them then made a handle with a hook on one end and an L on the other. Hook the loop and turn using the L and it works fine. I made it just short enough so I can walk under it without hitting my head yet the wife can still reach it so we just leave it on all the time.
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Old 05-17-2022, 11:54 AM   #5
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Good idea. I need to make one.
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Old 05-17-2022, 12:13 PM   #6
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Good idea. I need to make one.
Home Depot/Lowes - super easy, just have to be careful with the hacksaw.

Parts:
2' project piece of 3/4" PVC
3/4" to 1 1/4" PVC coupler

Tools:
Sharpie
Hacksaw

Lay the knob on top of the PVC coupler and mark the edges of each of the knob's points with the Sharpie.

I then cut straight down at each line. Then I went corner to corner to knock out the cutouts.

I press-fit the coupler onto the PVC with no glue. Friction is plenty.

A large toy jewel is totally optional.
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If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.
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My bride is vertically challenged. She can't reach the vent cranks or the top shelves in the kitchen, so I bought her a stool.
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My bride is vertically challenged. She can't reach the vent cranks or the top shelves in the kitchen, so I bought her a stool.
I offered the "War Department" a pogo stick. Guess where it ended up.

Your creative, thoughtful husbands are making us knuckle draggers look even worse.
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I offered the "War Department" a pogo stick. Guess where it ended up.

Your creative, thoughtful husbands are making us knuckle draggers look even worse.
A pogo stick!
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Not a marketing person with the name you came up for it.
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Not a marketing person with the name you came up for it.
Vent Scepter is likely what I'd go with. Packaging would have the jewel.
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I offered the "War Department" a pogo stick. Guess where it ended up.
At least if you fall over backwards, you'll bounce right back up!

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that is awesome, cannot tell ya how many times I have ran to the crapper and forget to take action with the vent cover - could also secure it via broom handle mount that they use for the screw jack bit. I need to make myself one of them!
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Brilliant!!
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There are vent sticks and knobs that the sticks work with.
Vent Stick Knob w/Rings 2/Pk

Barker 29070 Vent Stick

But if you like puttering
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Good idea. I need to make one.
I made one similar to tighten the knob on the outside awning(s).....1 1/2" or 2" dia???
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that is awesome, cannot tell ya how many times I have ran to the crapper and forget to take action with the vent cover - could also secure it via broom handle mount that they use for the screw jack bit. I need to make myself one of them!
Why not install a vent cover and just leave the lid open while camping.
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Why not install a vent cover and just leave the lid open while camping.

Im not sure where you live but in the HOT Deep South we seldom leave them open.

I just saw a thread about how to make the vent open/close using a linear actuator. I think Im going to do that one.
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