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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To design and build a lightweight, portable wheelchair adaptation for individuals with mobility disabilities to enjoy the beach. The Beach Chair is created by rolling up two half shells which are 5 inches wide to the diameter of the wheelchair wheels (in this case 24 inches). These were created using ¼ inch aluminum but lexan plastic is also suggested. On end of each shell has a lip overlap to ensure the two halves line up and fight snugly. Each half shell has four 1 inch square brackets to grip the tire snugly and the two halves are held together with heavy duty clamps. This design serves two purposes: increase the bearing surface on the sand about 10 fold and keeps the wheels from bogging down. The front wheels are kept off the sand by using a “rigshaw” pull handle that fits to the chair where the footrests would normally go. The user’s feet are held up by a simple canvas strap. The handle breaks into two halves for easy storage. The device can be assembled and disassembled with the user in the chair. TITLE: The Beach Wheelchair. WEBSITE: Workshop Solutions. REF: http://www.workshopsolutions.com/COMPLETE/sandchr.htm.
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