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Chris's Crazy Contraptions | Blind Opener

Chris's Crazy Contraptions
Blind Opener

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I built this contrapton to open and close out blinds in the winter time when our windows are covered with plastic.

Blind Opener
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I started with a Black and Decker $10 drill/screwdriver.

$10 Drill
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These are the parts in the package. I have removed the battery holder from the handle of the drill.

Drill Parts
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This is the battery holder.

Battery Box
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It comes apart into two pieces.

Disassembled
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These are the parts I will use to modify the drill into a powered blind opener.

My Parts
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The first step was to remove the handle from the motor.

Voiding the Warrenty
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This is what it looked like after cutting.

Cut Apart
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This is the switch removed from the handle.

Switch
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This is the power end of the driver. The motor is just visable.

Motor Assembly
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Using the batteries to test the LED. This will light when the unit is on battery power. I retained the batteries because living in the country, we do do lose power once in a while. This will allow us to still open the blinds if the power fails.

Testing LED
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Solderihg the batteries. A word of caution: If you must solder batteries you have to be very careful. To much heat can cause batteries to explode.

Soldering
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The completed battery assembly.

Batteries
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The battery and switch box. This is just a small project box form Radio Shack.

New Switch Box
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I will use the original switch for the foward and reverse action. All this switch really does is reverse the polarity of the DC current.

Switch
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