Super TV-B-Gone Kit item #MKAD4 from the
Maker Shed (
Hooded sweatshirt with metal zipper slider,
non-metal zipper teeth, and front pocket
Conductive thread $3 for 5yds from Sternlab
Fabric swatch, about 2"× 3"
Sewable metal snaps ( 6–8)
Sewing needle and pins
Soldering iron and solder
Hot glue gun and glue
Sewing machine (optional)
1 Metal zipper
4 Conductive thread pads
Illustration by Julian Honoré/ p4rse.com
Finally, use regular thread to sew the last 2 unconnected snap halves at the other end of the swatch.
3. Stitch the zipper switch.
Thread your needle with the conductive thread tails
near the zipper, one at a time. Stitch 2 little pads
right next to the zipper, close enough to each other
to be bridged by the zipper slider (Figures F and G).
Sand any paint off the metal zipper slider anywhere
it will come into contact with the thread (Figure H).
Power on, and turn off some TVs!
Your TV-B-Gone hoodie is machine washable;
just unsnap the circuit and remove the batteries
beforehand, and let it dry completely before
replacing them. You could even make the battery
pack removable, by connecting it with metal
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