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Standing Frame

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DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To provide a low-cost standing frame for a woman with mobility disabilities. Just above the feet of each leg of a discarded, but usable, walker with no wheels, drill one hole, front to back. Pass a long bolt through the resulting holes on each leg. Place the walker on a piece of plywood, slightly wider than the walker, and approximately 18 inches deeper. Place the front of the walker two inches from one end of the plywood. Use a pipe straps to attach each bolt to the plywood. Wrap a six-inch wide strip of canvas tightly around the back legs of the walker with the top of canvas about 18 inches high. Pin the canvas so it will be tight against the user's shins. Tie the tightening strap of an old fanny pack to the top front bar of the walker, and run the fanny pack toward the back left vertical support. When the user takes his/her place on the plywood base with his/her shins tight against the lower strap, put the fanny pack around his/her buttocks and fasten it in front of the user. MATERIALS: Walker; four bolts; four pipe straps; plywood; six-inch wide strip of canvas; fanny pack. TOOLS: Drill. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop skills. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. AUTHOR: Kathy Wechsler. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: http://www.mdausa.org/publications/Quest/. REF: Vol. 11, No. 1, January/February 2004.

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