Aluminum medical equipment as components??

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Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Ratty » Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:34 pm

Has anyone ever built anything out of medical equipment? Aluminum crutches, walkers and chairs etc.. I just love the way they click together. I searched the web and only came up with, "How to make an easel from old wooden crutches". I used my painted shower chair this year and it was great. A light weigh table/chair that breaks down to a small pile yet supports 250 pounds when needed.

I'm working on a round shade structure assembled from walkers. It's starting to get the feel of an old fashioned circus tent. We'll see.

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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Bob » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:32 pm

Considered it myself, but I don't think that stuff stores or packs well. Could use crutches singly or doubled-up to prop up camo netting or shade mesh, I suppose.

I scored a few dozen ski poles sitting by the dumpster behind a store in Truckee one year, thinking they'd make great dome struts or shade props or something, but they sat around in the garden shed for years until a friend of mine needed them to make bike polo mallets.

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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Ratty » Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:11 am

I'm approaching this as a sort of art project. Maybe I'll tire of it before I get to the sewing. I do love the image of "The little big top" circus tent.
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Ratty » Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:09 pm

I'm moving forward with my big-top project. It took no time at all to disassemble 4 walkers. I still need to remove the hand locks from them but that is just drilling out one rivet. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare one walker for clicking into the circle that will become my 'Big Top Tent". The frame will be the easiest part. Each section weighs just over a pound and I think I need about 24-26 sections. Still, it will be much lighter than my carport. I can't wait for the sewing.

I've often dreamt of what my front room would look like if I lived alone. As it turns out, it looks like a garage. I'll get it cleared away before my hubbie comes back from his trip.
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Foxfur » Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:25 am

Ratty wrote:I'm working on a round shade structure assembled from walkers.

Hee hee!
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Ratty » Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:51 pm

God I hope not. I've put it on hold till the weather is nicer for working on it outside. I can picture it and that usually means I can build it. I may be the only geezer hanging.
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Ratty » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:28 am

Update on my "Little Big Top". As you can see, it is going together. It snaps together. The outside covering will be suspended from that round fiberglass rod you see attached at the top of the rungs. The whole thing is heald togher by snaps and velcro. Held down by rebar and ropes of course. It's about 10 feet across and as cute as a button.

I have all the components. Colorful shell, peaked top with an extending pole up the middle, etc... Sewing is easy, it's the hardware that takes some thought on my part.
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby FIGJAM » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:44 am

The "Disabled Gazebo"! :lol:

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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Ratty » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:16 pm

And....Sorry to say, NOT wheelchair accessible.
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Ratty » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:23 pm

Wow! I got it all drilled and snapped together. It is a modest eight feet across. It's the smallest 'big top' that I've ever seen. Still, well worth the effort. Now the fun part, fabric.
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby tatonka » Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:21 am

I use a 10.00 walker I bought at goodwill for a dip rack ( exercise equipment ) . Also I have a 4 post IV stand with wheels Im going to use for my outdoor shower bag holder :)
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Martiansky » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:06 am

Looks really cool, Ratty! Nice idea...cant wait to see it!
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Ratty » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:20 am

Movin right along. I pinned up some panels to get a feel for it.
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Ratty » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:20 am

Time is getting faster as we get closer to treking. I sewed the panels together and strapped em on. I'm likin it. The velcro is quick and easy. I made the wall of panels plenty long so I can gather it up and strap in between where it's not sewn all the way to the top.

Now, on to the pointy top.
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby Ratty » Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:44 pm

That's weird. One of my pictures disappeared.
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Re: Aluminum medical equipment as components??

Postby MyDearFriend » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:42 pm

That's looking lovely, Ratty! 8) 8) 8)
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