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One-Hook Grocery Bag Handle

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or weak grasps to carry plastic grocery bags. Included in a chapter entitled "Kitchen & Meal Time," this article provides detailed instructions and illustrations for making this simple device. A cup hook is screwed into a short length of dowel covered with pipe insulation secured with plastic tape. The loop handles of the plastic grocery bag are looped over the hook for carrying. MATERIALS: One large (one inch) cup hook or one large safety cup hook and one wooden bead; one 0.75-inch diameter dowel, 4 inches long; foam hot-water-pipe insulation, 4 inches long; and plastic tape. Epoxy or other cement is needed if the safety cup hook is used. TOOLS: Drill and scissors or knife. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic carpentry. TITLE: Grocery Bag Handles. BOOK: Easy Things to Make to Make Things Easy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications for Older People & Others with Physical Limitations. REF: Cambridge, Massachusetts: Brookline Books: p 42. PAGES (including cover) 2. 1997

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