Accessible Zipper Pull

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The Accessible Zipper Pull is designed for those individuals with arthritis and upper extremity disabilities to help them get dressed.

Technical Specifications: 

Step One: Gather materials.

  • Cup hooks (hardware store)
  • dowel (hardware store)
  • PVC T joint (with at least one side threaded)

Tools:

  • Sandpaper
  • Saw
  • drill

For a basic one, I use a 1/2" tee joint and a 3/4" dowel.   Test fit in the hardware store before buying.

Step Two: A T-handle makes it easy the puller easy to grip.   The therapist wants to get a PVC T-joint that has the threaded end slightly smaller than the diameter of the dowel.  Shove the dowel into the T-joint and screw it into the threads by hand.  The pine and oak are both soft enough that the thread will cut slightly into the wood.  It holds very well without additional means.   If the user is concerned with it pulling out smear the S

Step Three (optional): If more grip is needed, wrap the body of the puller and the T-joint with PVC.

Step Four: Cut the dowel to about 3 inches for a standard zipper pull, or about 18 inches for a ladies dress zipper puller. Step Five: Sand to remove rough edges.

Step Six (optional): Drill a small pilot hole in one end, screw the cup hook into the hole in the end. This is the most basic version of the zipper puller (has no handle). A T-handle makes it easy the puller easy to grip.   The user wants a PVC T-joint that has the threaded end, slightly smaller than the diameter of the dowel.  Shove the dowel into the T-joint and screw it into the threads by hand.  The pine and oak are both soft enough that the thread will cut slightly into the wood.  It holds very well without additional means.   If the user is concerned with it pulling out smear the threads with a strong general adhesive (E6000 or similar) before screwing the dowel into the PVC. Don't use this to hang from the ceiling - but for pulling zippers the fit should be enough. If more grip is needed, wrap the body of the puller and the T-joint with PVC.

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07/10/2018
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