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---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself assistive device for individuals with arthritis, recovering from surgery, and/or limited flexibility to dress themselves. Step 1: Use duct tape to fasten the wood block to the pole. Attach the wood block about 2 inches from the end of the pole and secure the block with tape at the top and bottom. Ensure the block is sturdy and unlikely to move. Duct tape makes this project quick and easy to complete without drilling any holes. Step 2: Center a hanger on the side of the pole and use 3 or 4 crossing pieces of duct tape to fasten the hanger to the pole at the same end where the block of wood was attached, but on the opposite side of the pole from the block. Test to ensure the hanger does not move. Center the second hanger on the side of the block and use 3 or 4 crossing pieces of duct tape to fasten the hanger. Again, test to ensure the hanger does not move. Step 3: Use duct tape to attach a shoehorn to the bottom of pole. If the duct tape is not strong enough to withstand the force of using the shoehorn then drill 2 holes in the shoehorn and screw it directly to the pole. To use this device, for socks: With sock and device in hand, open the clip and put the side of the sock in the clip. Make sure the sock is facing towards the pole and clip the other side of the sock in place. Extend the sock towards the foot and slip the foot inside the sock. Continue pulling up on the device until the sock is on the foot and the clips slip off. For pants: Clip the front of the pants into one of the hangers. Make sure the back of the pants are open. Stick the feet in and just pull the pants close enough to reach by hand. For shoes: With the shoehorn attached to the end of the pole, just place the shoehorn inside the heel of the shoe and step into the shoe. TOOLS: 1 long enough pole to extend reach (a long dowel, broom stick, or lacrosse stick works perfect), 1 spacer about 2 inches wider than the user's foot, 2 clothes hangers with clips, 1 shoehorn, and duct tape. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic craft ability. AUTHOR: trs5. TITLE: Device to assist putting on socks, pants, and shoes. WEBSITE: Instructables. REF: http://www.instructables.com/id/Device-to-assist-putting-on-socks-pants-....
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