How cool would it be to have a power door opener as seen in science-fiction and spy movies? This project will show you how to use a toy car to do the trick. A small wire-controlled car has enough power to push and pull a typical room door back and forth if you know the super-sneaky way to install it.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Wire-controlled toy car (not radio controlled, for better battery life)
- Velcro fastening tape, adhesive backed
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Step 1: Remove the body shell from the toy car with a screwdriver.
Step 2: Remove the front wheel and axle.
Step 3: Using the fastening tape, attach the car near the bottom end of the door. Using the remote control, see if it can push the door open or closed. If not, reposition the car for more traction. When you find the proper position, you will be able either to move the door with your hand or let the car do it.
Optional: You can break off the entire front part of the chassis so that it takes up less space and cover it with materials for a more appealing look. Mount the remote control as desired. You may want to use a hanger for added support.
Author Cy Tymony was a Boy Scout in Chicago, Ill., and he says he never forgot his Scout training in resourcefulness. Check out his book, “Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things” for more fun projects or read more in the September 2005 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.