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Using just a basic pot, small spring, and pushbutton switch, Danwagoner created a compact combo push-pot -

An idea I had for making one of my projects more user friendly and cut down on interfaces (buttons, etc). Completely made out of stuff I had laying around. Turn to scroll through, push down to select, and only one knob to deal with.

Nice idea – looks like a good way to simplify cramped layouts.

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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  1. Ookseer says:

    I’ve done this before, it’s certainly a good hack because it costs about 1/10th as much as a pushbutton potentiometer. However I found you lose some precision on the pot because it tends to turn/wiggle in the mounting hole. I mitigated this by gluing a few spacers around the perimeter of the pot and securing it to the case with screws through them, leaving enough play that the button could still depress.

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