Dec 222016
stool -resize
Stool open
handle close up - resize
Stool closed

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In use as a walking stick …
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… and as a stool
comparative size - resize 

The client uses two walking sticks to get around and needs to have a light weight folding seat available, that can be operated by one hand, for when she gets tired.

An aluminium walking stick was bought and two further legs added, made from carbon fibre tubes.  The stool is kept in the closed position with a locking ring attached by a cord to a lever.  A tripod camping stool was cannibalised to provide the fabric seat and hinge mechanism.

To ensure that only one leg is in contact with the ground when used as a walking stick, the two carbon fibre legs are slightly shorter.

The final stool weighs only 600g and can be opened or closed one-handed in 10 seconds.

Various designs of shooting sticks and folding perching stools are available, but none offer the stability, light weight and one-handed operation of this design.

This has proved very popular and has been repeated for other clients. The design has been improved to ensure the legs are fully closed when in use as a walking stick.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2016/40.

Dec 212016
Retractable child gate 
Client’s child gate
Gate installed
Gate installed
Unmodified retractor mechanism
Unmodified  retractor mechanism …
 Modified retractor mechanism
… and after modification.
The client is a wheelchair user and needs a child gate to separate the kitchen and dining areas. The opening is wider than the widest commercially available gate.

The client purchased a spring-loaded 1.4m wide retractable child gate and wall extension pieces were fitted to make to opening narrower.

After fitting, the client found it difficult to close the gate against the tension of the rewind spring and to keep the tension clutch disengaged with the twist-and-push release knob.

A hole was drilled in the outer casing of the mechanism for a pin to be inserted to hold the knob in the twisted and depressed position.  Once the gate is closed, the pin is simply withdrawn to activate the tensioning mechanism.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2016/65.

 December 21, 2016  Posted by at 09:41 Children's Equipment - Development and Play No Responses »
Dec 092016
image4 The client is a child with severe autism who ‘escapes’ from his bedroom at night, disturbing the household.  The family have tried stairgates and a high ‘dog gate’ over the bedroom doorway, but he has worked out ways to scale them by building up a pile of blankets etc.  A more secure way to close the doorway was required that still allows him to see out and not feel too enclosed.

A standard door was modified with bars over an opening in the lower section and a sliding Perspex screen to provide some sound reduction. The screen and handle are on the outside, and the slides sufficiently stiff that the screen cannot be opened from inside.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2016/33.

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 14:04 Children's equipment - General No Responses »