Category: Environmental Adaptations

Remote Holder 2

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enablke an individual with only limited use of one arm to open her apartment door using a remote control while in bed. Because simply setting the remote on the bed would allow it to fall or slide out of reach, a holder was required that could be attached to the top bedcover and from which the remote can be easily removed for use during the daytime. The holder also needed to be easy to install and remove and be able to withstand frequent dropping as it would be installed and removed by many different helpers. Also, the holder needed to fasten to many different materials easily and reliably without damaging them. The design selected was a piece of three-quarter-inch plywood to which was attached short ribs of oak and a short loop of leather belt. The remote is inserted into the loop. Magnets were chosen as fasteners. Two rare earth magnets were inseted in the plywood, and a piece of sheet steel was placed under the top bedcover, magnetically clamping the holder to the top bedcover. The magnets are at one end of the holder and the opposite end of the holder is lifted. This arrangement provides a long lever arm that enables the magnetic force to be overcome with light finger pressure. The holder is permanently connected to the sheet of steel with a cord approximately two feet long so that the two parts do not get separated and lost. The cord is also long enough to go round the edge of the bedcovers. TITLE: The Remote Holder - 2. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at REF: The originator, Colin Harman, can be contacted at


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