Learn how to quickly and easily make a pair of electrical jumpers using little more than wire and clothespins.
Learn how to make a simple pair of electrical jumpers using clothespins.
PHOTO: WAYNE FUGATEFolks who enjoy fiddling with "nuts 'n' volts" often need to make temporary electrical connections — and there's a handy little item called a jumper that's designed to handle just that job. (Even people who only occasionally deal with electricity will almost certainly be familiar with the large jumpers used to start cars.)
To assemble the jumpers, I threaded a bare wire end through each spring and pair of holes. The end of the stripped wire was wrapped around the portion going into the first hole, to secure the assembly. (I was careful, though, to keep the bare wire from making contact with the springs.)
I've found that my homemade jumpers work fine in all but the tightest spots. And better still, the insulating quality of the dry wood prevents shocks!
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