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Old 01-26-2012, 03:01 AM   #46
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Ok I tried real hard but don't how to embed this!

http://youtu.be/ypmI-heWqF8
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:06 AM   #47
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Lets think simple here.

A very slowly revolving motor with an eccentric bearing on the top mounted on a pivoting arm with a rubber band to hold it in so that when the eccentric came around it would push the button and the rubber band would allow it to ride up when the button was pushed.



Or a really cheap RC car remote/reciever, and a servo. Mount with a bit of sticky velcro, when the lights kick off fire up the transmitter and turn them back on.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:10 AM   #48
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This is not your problem. If they want you to work, it is up to them to provide you with an adequate working environment. Overriding their controls is probably against some rule somewhere if not some law.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:17 AM   #49
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Go to the Radio Control Nuts thread down in Shiny things and ask them to build a receiver, servo, battery and suction cup device.
Hit the radio the servo arm pushes the button while the suction cup attaches to the wall plate surround.
Easily attached and removed

All from cast off parts might make it a $20 proposition?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454360
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:33 AM   #50
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Too bad it's not a motion sensor so he could just drive a radio control car back and forth in front of it periodically.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:56 PM   #51
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Giant marble track that ends at the button? When it turns off, roll a marble down the track!
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:41 PM   #52
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posting again....

document this and talking to boss/hr about the safety issue.

conveniently trip.

sue the shit out of the evil company bankrupting it

and retire...



isnt there some OSHA hotline?

DOCUMENT. this page does not count.

if its on the fly, please expect to get fired, charged with vandalism, and if anything is burned, ARSON CLASS 2 FELONY... ie you would get less time shooting your boss in the face.


i have been on my share of rickety ladders, at a couple jobs. however this is BS.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:52 PM   #53
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the lads in canada...presumably, the job is too!
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:14 PM   #54
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I remember reading that and thought it was some WW2 thing, turns out they were trying it in 1979, here is a newspaper article:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=6738,2797617

I am surprised no one has suggested a more substantial button pusher:
And we have a weiner!
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:17 AM   #55
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And we have a weiner!
Maybe his wife has a similar device she uses because he spends more time in the office than in her company? Slightly softer tip, same action.... ;)
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:45 AM   #56
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Too bad it's not a motion sensor so he could just drive a radio control car back and forth in front of it periodically.
or put a fan near it, you know motion and cooling of the switch

and in the spirit of offering useless but funny solutions ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s8Gk...eature=related
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:32 PM   #57
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OK here is a Rube Goldberg possibility-

Get a low RPM motor, I see that motors made for mirror balls are 1-2 rpm:



Ten-ish $ online:

http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CIgBEPMCMAA

Now make an eccentric to attach to the shaft, either a disk with a hole drilled offset or some cam-lobe shape. Then attach to a board you can lean against the button or clamp to a chair and set next to the button so it can push the light switch every minute.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:18 AM   #58
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If it's a pushbutton that starts an electronic timer somewhere, then the circuit to the switch is more than likely low volt and low current, possibly low volt AC. Get a meter and see what kind of power is available in the box, and DC/AC voltage across the switch and current through the switch. It's a pushbutton, but is the contact making or breaking, because it could be either.

Have you removed the switchplate yet? What size gang box is it? What's the available room inside? What size are the knockouts? If you need extra room , and provided the device is small enough, you can drop the device through a knockout and let it live in the wall. Take a picture.

Does the timer reset to 10 minutes if the button is pressed after say 8 minutes? What happens if the button is pressed during the day?

There may be an off-the-shelf item that can be modified to suit. I know the DIN rail timers below look big, but if something like this would work, you can take it apart and pare it down to just the essentials.


http://www.astra247.com/ProductImages/5925_lg.jpg


http://www.broycecontrol.com/SERIES/300/M1MFT.JPG


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Old 02-01-2012, 12:46 AM   #59
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As I explained in the previous post, this is a situation where I either fix it myself in a discrete and slick way, or it does not get fixed. "Complain to the boss" is a strategy that does not work.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:02 AM   #60
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and i thought americans were sue crazy!....by the way, there's no "fixing" involved here. it's working just the way the BOSS wants it to work.

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