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Old 06-11-2018, 06:15 PM   #1
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Switch on Bathroom Fan

My DW is only 5'3" and can not reach the rocker switch on the bathroom exhaust fan. I was hoping there is a direct replacement "pull-string" type switch that I can swap out for the stock rocker switch.

Don't have a pic right now, I'll try to get out tomorrow if I get a moment and provide pic. From memory seem to think switch was rectangular...about 3/4" long.

Any help appreciated.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:36 PM   #2
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You can also use a dowel to push up on the switch, on and off, instead of replacing it.
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:02 AM   #3
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This^^^^^^. My DW is also vertically challenged. I wanted to wire a wall switch for the fan, but, she can't reach the vent knob either. I fashioned a "bail' for the vent knob out of some stiff, stainless wire. Then I cut a diagonal slot in the end of a 3/4 x 3/4 x 36" piece of wood left over from another project (dowel would work). She uses the stick to twist open the vent and then uses the end to work the switch.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:00 AM   #4
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This^^^^^^. My DW is also vertically challenged. I wanted to wire a wall switch for the fan, but, she can't reach the vent knob either. I fashioned a "bail' for the vent knob out of some stiff, stainless wire. Then I cut a diagonal slot in the end of a 3/4 x 3/4 x 36" piece of wood left over from another project (dowel would work). She uses the stick to twist open the vent and then uses the end to work the switch.
Can you get a picture of your solution for the vent knob? DW is 5' 0" and I'm always having to get up and open the vent for her
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Hope the pics work. The stick is 3/4 x 1.Click image for larger version

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Old 06-12-2018, 10:26 AM   #6
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Can you get a picture of your solution for the vent knob? DW is 5' 0" and I'm always having to get up and open the vent for her
Sorry the pics are not in order. I drilled two small holes in the knob 180 deg apart. Bent the wire into a "u" and then threaded it through the holes and then bent the ends toward the inside of the knob. You can buy a kit at CW for about $26. This was free.
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:13 AM   #7
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Sorry the pics are not in order. I drilled two small holes in the knob 180 deg apart. Bent the wire into a "u" and then threaded it through the holes and then bent the ends toward the inside of the knob. You can buy a kit at CW for about $26. This was free.

Very creative! If I continue to shrink I may have to make me one of those
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Slick...I like it!!!! Will have to give that a try!

Thanks for the idea and pics.
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I wired the "HOT" side of the switch to the "switched" side of the bathroom light (close to the vent) so that the fan comes on whenever the light is ON. However, if the FAN switch is turned OFF the fan doesn't come on even though the light is on. I have a cover over the vent can leave the vent cover open all the time.
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Sorry the pics are not in order. I drilled two small holes in the knob 180 deg apart. Bent the wire into a "u" and then threaded it through the holes and then bent the ends toward the inside of the knob. You can buy a kit at CW for about $26. This was free.
Thanks! The pictures and detailed step by step are great.
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