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Recently, I helped an elderly woman in Reno NV to reduce the heat from her skylights in her upstairs room. We installed Hunter Douglas Applause Simplicity Shades. These specific shades were a Double Cell construction, which has 21% more insulation then their single cell counterparts. Because they are mounted in a ceiling opening, they have a frame that holds up the materials. The moving rail is controlled, in this case, by a handle.

This handle needs to be “grabbed” in order to move the  skylight shade. So, if a shade is out of reach from your hand, you would need a step stool or ladder. Another option is to order the Hunter Douglas Extension Pole. Or…

Skylight Pole Hack

I wanted to find a lower cost solution for this woman because she was very cost conscious. Because she only needed a pole that was about 3 feet long, I did the following for her:

  1. I purchased an 8 foot long pole with a 1″ diameter.
  2. I cut the pole in half, creating 2 4 foot poles.
  3. I pre-drilled a hole in one end of each pole using a 1/8″ bit.
  4. I purchased 2 swag hooks with the screw-in adapter.
  5. I screwed in the swag hooks.
  6. I handed the 2 poles to the client.

The cost for each official Hunter Douglas skylight extension pole is $92. In contrast, I was able to supply this nice lady two functional skylight poles for a cost of under $12. Since they were homemade, I didn’t charge her for the poles

Close Up of Hook

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