What can I use to connect two things that are about 6" apart, which
won't stretch or break in, I hope, 9 years?
My Chrysler Lebaron would turn the car's interior lights on when a
door handle was lifted, but the Toyota Solara doesn't do this. I live
in a safe n'hood but once in a while I go some place where I worry the
car will be broken into. Turning on the interior lights can be used
to set off the car alarm, before there is any damage to the car, so I
want the Toyota to do that.
I could use a metal rod (part of a a thick wire hanger would be
strong enough) stiff wire, like the Chrysler did, but then there would
be problems attaching it at each end.
Right now I plan to use a microswitch at one end, 6" below the door
handle, and cement a short metal extension, inside the door, to the
handle at the other end. (The Chrysler door handle was made that
So I was thinking of using nylon string, which is made like 1/2" sisal
rope in miniature, strands wrapped together in a helix, then 3 of
those bundles wrapped together. Will this stretch? It will be under
very slight tension all the time, from the spring in the microswitch,
except when someone lifts the door handle. (Handle goes up, other end
of it goes down, relaxing tension.)
Or maybe monofillament. Weedwacker or fishing line. Will that
stetch? And it's hard to tie in knots also.
Cotton string? Like kite string. I don't think that will stretch,
but how long will it last? The car was made in 2000 and it's in great
condition. I plan to keep the car 7 or 9 years, plus it would be nice
if this works for the next owner too.
Metal wire? Won't stretch or break, will it? But hard to attach
maybe. I can use insulated 20 gauge electric wire, multi- or
single-strand, and solder a loop at each end, but I think it will be
hard to get the wire the right length. And I wouldn't be able to
tighten the loop once it was made. ,
I can open the door and repair the string if it breaks, but I don't
want to now, and I'll want to less 5 or 6 years from now.
What would you do? Thanks.