Another Project

As I read through the Christmas letters I found that I was almost always envious of the ‘travels’ my friends and relatives include in their summary of the last year.

Marguerite and I loved our ‘trips’, especially to Yellowstone and to visit Rick in S. Carolina, but for the past 6 years we’ve been bound to our home.  The ‘binder’ is the inability of Marguerite to stand on her own, and without that ability I am forced to rely on a ‘standing lift’.  With the aid of this device I can transfer her to and from bed, her wheelchair and the commode.  It also makes it much easier to bathe her.

The lift we have is battery powered and it measures nearly 30″ x 36″ x 48″ tall.  It actually comes apart, but with a great deal of difficulty and when it comes apart the parts are still bulky and heavy.

So today I started thinking about how I could build a similar lift, but one that is activated by a ‘screw’ (I have a 3/4″ screw that requires 5 turns to move an inch) that I can operate with a ratchet.  Conceptually that part is not difficult at all, but it will require a lot of cranking even at 5 per inch,  Should be OK for those ‘special’ occasions … an overnight outing.

Designing such a contraption to easily break down into components that are manageable and ‘stow-able’ in our van which has very limited space behind the rear seat (most of the space is used by the spare) is a much bigger problem.

Late this evening, I think I may have arrived at a reasonable solution.  My concept breaks down into 3 components and should fit in a 32″ x 36″ x 8″ space.  (The van has about 48″ x 48″ x 9″ so there is a good chance that it will fit.

Now to build it and test it on myself.

Wish me luck!  It would be a dream come true to visit Yellowstone again?

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