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Boxerfan Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:00 PM
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I made this for a neighbor girl.In home mobility cart.
Edited on Thu Jan-07-10 01:01 PM by Boxerfan
I'm not a certified welder or anything-but I do enjoy a good tinker. One of the neighbor girls was over the other day. She has a host of disability issues but a very strong upper body. She manages to get around very well just by scooting on her bottom-legs dragging rag doll. Works for her mind you. But I couldn't help but drag out my old automotive "creeper". A low slung dolly used for under car work. She really enjoyed it but it had its limitations. Especially on rug/linoleum transfers etc...

I made this strictly for in house use. We both live in crowded manufactured homes. The center 2 wheels are 1/2 inch high center.This allows her to use the wheels like a wheelchair. It's actually very maneuverable as such. My kids didn't want to stop "testing" it so I know I have a winner.

And by her smile I think I did. Unbeknown by me-she really needed this. Her wheelchair had been giving her circulation issues(legs turning blue the poor girl). I really hope this helps for that.

I figured I could do something just for her situation. But if anyone wants to copy the design I won't raise a fuss.




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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:03 PM
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1. Well, wasn't that nice of you.
:yourock:
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 10:12 PM
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18. That is cute as hell. Now she needs accessories. :-D
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:03 PM
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2. You are a sweetheart; her smile says it all. Thanks for sharing, and
for doing such a good deed!
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secondwind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:04 PM
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3. what a heartwarming post.....good for you!
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:04 PM
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4. Beautiful! You're my hero and hers.
Edited on Thu Jan-07-10 01:06 PM by tridim
One thing I'd suggest is a larger gap between the wheels and the frame, so she doesn't jam her fingers.
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Boxerfan Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:14 PM
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9. I did make sure there was a decent gap & no sharp edges.
She has zero feeling in her lower extremity & I wanted to make sure there were as few catch spots as possible. But frankly nothing is liability proof-no brakes etc.

I have thought of an outdoor version-larger wheels & bigger dollies.Who lnows-but it would need brakes,netting for her legs etc...


I like to Keep it simple.
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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:39 PM
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14. Brakes? She don't need no stinkin' brakes! She wants to GO!
You made me smile today.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:05 PM
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5. You have perhaps won DU's Good Karma award for the day!
Bravo!
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:05 PM
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6. You're an angel but watch out
Wingnuts will see this as proof that we don't need national health care as long as neighbors are willing to help each other out.
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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:05 PM
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7. Greatest page for you.
Good deed! Thank you for the difference you made in your small friend's life.
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Walk away Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:13 PM
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8. I just love smart people! nt
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:16 PM
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10. Her smile in the last pic says it all. nt
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:19 PM
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11. You are the beans!!!
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:25 PM
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12. Thank you for making that! I imagine that
is the best gift she has ever received. This lifted my spirits several notches higher.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 01:33 PM
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13. Awesome! I just posted this on Twitter, and copied Make Magazine on it.
You should email this to Make:

http://www.makezine.com /

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hvn_nbr_2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 03:09 PM
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15. a K, an R, and a BTW
BTW, it appears that the "comment" in your profile got chopped off in the middle.
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Boxerfan Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 06:23 PM
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16. Thanks everyone!
I did have an oopsie when I delivered it...You can see it in the phoyo. I had removed the seat/wheels to do the painting after getting the bugs worked out. i forgot to bend one of the pins back & a caster fell out in transport. She used it for almost 1/2 hour before I noticed-it worked fine with just one. Simple fix but a tad embarassing.

I kinda wish I knew how to weld aluminum. This would be much lighter then. But it really scoots around well around the house. I gave it to her at a Chuck e cheese where her younger brother was having a party. The shag was a bit deeper than at home but she still got around a good as I could have hoped.I busted a gut with pride-or was it the chuck e Pizza??...

The back is low slung so she can scoot up by herself.The idea was something that she would not need help with. She is very independent & kinda a born leader. I put her in charge at all sleepovers.
Thanks again.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 08:44 PM
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17. That is AWESOME!
:yourock:
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Left coast liberal Donating Member (889 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 10:56 PM
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19. This is so totally wonderful
You really have made my day on this one.

Bless your sweet little heart!

:-)
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