Teddy Roosevelt had it right. He said “speak softly and carry a big stick”. Well, I speak softly (due to weak muscles caused by IBM) and I carry several big sticks to compensate for my weak hands and fingers.
In an earlier post I showed a simple hook for opening drawers and lifting soft drink cartons. My next most used tool is a ” hook on a stick”. It also takes advantage of muscles I still have to overcome the loss of others.
Here are some of the ways I used it yesterday:
Guide my shorts over my feet and up to my knees.
Pick up the towel I dropped outside the shower.
Push dirty clothes into the washer.
Pull clean clothes out of the washer and put them in the dryer.
Pull dry clothes out of the dryer.
Pull open the bottom drawer of my dresser. (Lift out a pair of underwear and a pair of shorts.)
Open the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.
Pull out a pan from the cupboard.
Push open the lid of the trash can.
Pull the trash receptacle out from the wall.
Pick up a 12 pack of Cokes.
Rearrange items on the shelves of my studio.
Pull the front door closed.
Release the parking brake on my van.
Engage the parking brake on my van.Obviously a tool this valuable can’t be limited to just one. I have nearly a dozen of them throughout the house and in my van. Fortunately they are quick and inexpensive to build:
Materials: A dowel (3/4 to 1 inch), and two hooks.
Cut the dowel to the desired length.
Drill a hole at each end.
Screw in the hooks. Even in my weakened condition, it takes less than half an hour, and saves a lifetime of aggravation.