Ian Midgley

Oct 142015
 

The first Remap job ever was for a ramp, for Pat Johnson’s sister. Since then the statutory provision of basic aids has improved considerably but Remap still makes ramps and other simple devices for our clients as well as more complex aids.  However, sometimes we are asked to produce aids when there are readily available and not costly commercial devices which could do the job.

The provision in our old constitution which stated we could only make devices when there was no commercial equivalent available was removed when we became an incorporated association.  Whether or not to accept a task is a decision best made at local, not national, level and Panels are free to accept or decline requests as they see fit.  One valid reason for declining a task would be that a commercial device is already on the market and that producing an equivalent would not be an effective use of out volunteers skill or valuable time.  This applies particularly to some request for ramps and furniture raisers.  The converse, that a valid reason for making a device is simply that one of our volunteers wants to do it is of course equally true.

Furniture and Bed Raisers

Requests for furniture (chair/settee/table) raisers and bed raisers are made regularly.  While the jobs are necessary for the comfort of the client for many volunteers they are sometimes not particularly interesting to make and too many such tasks can cause volunteers to become demotivated and leave Remap.  To maintain a sensible balance between the needs of clients and the need to conserve volunteers Panels should be aware of the commercially available products so they can point referrers to more appropriate solutions if they so wish.

The two major manufacturers of furniture raisers are are Langham and Morris & Alexander (M&A) but there are also a number of smaller companies.  The Langham (and similar Medeci Raisers) tend to be the sort which slide over a chair leg or the chair leg sits in a cup type receptacle with a series of spacers or a screw mechanism inside to get it to the required height.

These are usually very simple to install.   The major disadvantages of this type of raiser is that they are visually very obtrusive (often revoltingly ugly!) they only fit a limited range of chair legs and they do not suit electric recliner chairs.  Sometimes chairs fitted with them have to be positioned with their back against a wall to add stability. They do fit spindle leg chairs.

Langhams1

langham chair raised 

langham rased chair

The Morris & Alexander approach is somewhat different.  They use an adjustable steel frame which screws (or attaches using a variety of adapters),  onto the bed or   chair structure.

 

M&A raiserThis gives a very rigid and stable support which is visually less intrusive than the “plant pot” raisers.  It also means they are suitable for a wide range of furniture base types and dimensions and also electric recliner chairs.

MandA1

settee raisers

Should Remap be Making Chair and Bed Raisers?

In most cases before accepting a chair/bed raiser task the referrer, if an OT, local authority or other organisation (as opposed to an individual), should be asked why a commercial device is not being used instead of Remap.  If the reply is that we are cheaper the task should be declined and the referrer told to use a commercial supplier. (However, if a volunteer wants to take the job on because they like that sort of task then of course they should.)

If the reason for Remap being asked is that no ready made device will do (but bear in mind that Morris and Alexander raisers fit far more furniture types than the slightly cheaper and more commonly stocked Langham types  so referrers should be specifically asked why they have not considered M&A) then we should accept the task.

If the referrer is having problems with getting M&A raisers they can be asked if they will reimburse the panel with the cost of purchasing the appropriate M&A fittings and if (and only if) the referrer agrees the panel should obtain the most appropriate M&A raiser and fit it.  The referrer, if a company or organisation, can be billed for the direct cost of the purchase and volunteer travel expenses but no other cost.  If it is an individual no billing must take place.

If the client is distressed by the appearance of either type of chair raiser we should consider making something which would be more acceptable or camouflaging the fitting.  Many clients would like to minimise the intrusion of “medical” devices into their homes and this is perfectly reasonable and understandable.

The above is inevitably very general guidance.  Each case should be considered individually and the aim must always be to best meet the needs of the client, not the budget or policy of the local authority.

Ramps

The need to provide “reasonable access” for wheelchair users to commercial premises has led to the manufacture of a large number of folding aluminium glass fibre and other portable or semi-portable ramps.  As with chair raisers the manufacture of ramps isn’t always challenging and should not be done just because we are cheaper.  Whether advising a referrer to look elsewhere or using a commercial/industrial ramp in a Remap solution the aim as always must be to meet the needs of the client.

Unlike raisers there are hundreds of manufacturers of ramps both for industrial and disability use.  OT’s tend to be unaware of industrial suppliers even though they may offer better value for money or more flexible solutions.  A Google search for “industrial ramps” and separately for “Wheelchair ramps” will give you more than enough suppliers.  The links below are to a few.

http://www.portableramps.co.uk/contact.php

http://www.theramppeople.co.uk/wheelchair-ramps

http://cpc.farnell.com/1/1/78162-duratool-d01772-ramp-wheelchair-telescopic.html

http://www.wheelchair-ramps.co.uk/

It is common for Remap to be asked to build a ramp where the recommended slope of 1:12 (5° slope, 8% grade, 1 foot of ramp for each inch of rise) cannot be achieved.  Invariably this is because the statutory services (not entirely unreasonably) treat 1:12 (the minimum required for installed ramps by Part M of the Building Regulations) as an absolute limit to be used and assume public access rather than making an assessment of an individuals capability.  We start with the client and try to produce a solution which they can manage. As a starting position a short slope of 1:6 (10°) can be managed by most power chairs or a reasonably fit assistant pushing a manual chair.  A slope of 1:8 (8°) will be usable by most people.

 

 October 14, 2015  Posted by at 22:32 Technical Articles No Responses »
Oct 142015
 

Remap makes many outside objects such as ramps which require a non-slip finish.  This article looks at some of the options available.

Commercial Non-Slip Products

There are a  number of suppliers of non-slip products (as opposed to paints). Two of the better known are Suigeneris and Step-on-Safety.  They make pre-fabricated glass fibre non-slip strips and covers to attach to existing structures.

Fabricated Solutions

Fabricated solutions include mesh attached to surfaces and paints and other finishes.  These are commonly found in Remap jobs.  In the discussion below it is assumed that the substrate is wood unless anything else is mentioned.

Attached N0n-Slip Materials

These include roofing felt, wire mesh and plastic mesh.

Roofing Felt

The use of roofing felt is deprecated.  Although it provides a good non-slip surface it has little tear resistance and once torn rapidly becomes a trip hazard.  It is difficult to maintain in good condition, soon looks shabby and in hot weather and especially direct sunlight becomes soft, fragile and liable to leach semi liquid bitumen which if carried inside on footwear will ruin any carpet it touches.

Chicken Wire

Chicken wire is sometimes used to provide a cheap non-slip surface on riverside jetties and the like.  Small hole chicken wire is nailed to the surface using galvanised or stainless steel staples.  The surface it creates is moderately non-slip but the wire strands are prone to breaking and creating a trip hazard.  Once it starts to break up repairs are usually impractical and the surface has to be re-laid. The staples also allow for rainwater entry into the wood.  On ramps it is not ideal as it looks cheap, hold dirt and debris and is difficult to maintain.

Plastic Mesh

Plastic square mesh with a mesh size of 20-40mm has taken over from chicken wire in New Zealand where it is used to create non-slip surfaces on tourist walkways in temperate jungle.  It is stronger than chicken wire, does not create as much of a trip hazard if broken and has better non slip properties.  Visually it is slightly more acceptable than chicken wire.  It is attached with staples in the same way.

Green garden Mesh

Surface Finishes

These include Polyester Resin (fibreglass resin) and paints, both with non-slip additives.

Polyester Resin

Polyester resin is used in fibreglass manufacture but can also be used as a wood finish.  It is a two part product comprising a resin and hardener.  Once mixed it starts to set and must be applied immediately.  It is usually unusable after about 10 minutes or so depending upon temperature.  It must be applied to a clean dry surface.  Because it sets very quickly it is difficult to paint the surface and then sprinkle on sand or other non slip substances, it has to be done quickly and a bit at a time.  Once down the surface is long lasting hard wearing and easy to repair if required.  Compared with paints it is generally more expensive but longer lasting.  Powders used to provide the non slip surface include dry sand, carborundum grit and Fillite.

Paints and Varnishes

Oil based paints and varnishes have the advantage of an unlimited range of colours and familiarity.  It is worth investing in a good quality oil paint and preparing the surface carefully.  Non slip additives can be premixed with the paint or sprinkled on the surface before it can dry. Powders used to provide the non slip surface include dry sand, carborundum grit and Fillite.

Additives
Sand

Dry sand is cheap and easily available.  It has moderately good non slip properties. It can be sprinkled on wet paint by putting some sand in a fine mesh kitchen sieve and tapping sieve while moving it over the paint surface about 3ft above it.  After the paint has dried excess sand can be brushed away. Because it is a dense material (1.6g/cc) it isn’t easy to pre-mix with paint as it tends to sink to the bottom and creating an even surface finish can be difficult.  It wears moderately well,  is easy to retouch but difficult to obtain an even finish.

Carborundum Grit

Carborundum grit is a more expensive additive and creates a very non-slip surface.  The surface is sufficiently abrasive that if anyone falls on it they can get moderate abrasions.  It is very hard wearing and for extreme conditions is probably the best finish.  As with sand it is dense and doesn’t easily mix with paint.  Probably the best way of applying it is to mix some with paint in a tray and apply with a brush.   Agitating the paint in the tray with the brush will keep the carborundum mixed.  You do not need a large amount to create a non-slip surface.  To apply it to Polyester resin requires quick work, it is best sprinkled on the surface immediately the resin is applied.

If the ramp is to be used by people walking but unsteady on their feet carborundum may not be the best choice as it may cause them to stumble if their walking gait involves dragging or shuffling their feet – it is very non slip and footwear can’t easily slide over it.

Cost is about £15/5kg. and its bulk density is 1.64 to 1.88 g /cc.  SG is 95 g/cc and it is rated 9 on the moh scale of hardness.  There are many suppliers on-line, CFS  have proven to be reliable.

Fillite

Fillite is a powder extracted from pulverised fuel ash from coal-fired power stations.

carborundum and fillite

Top – Fillite                                                                                        Bottom – Carborundum grit

Fillite cenospheres are lightweight, hollow, inert, spherical, low density, very free-flowing, alumino-silicate microspheres. It is used as a filler material in resin cast moulds and also as the non-slip additive for some marine deck paints.  Because of its light weight and ball shaped granules it mixes well with paint or Polyester resin without sinking.  It is usually available as a light grey powder and is inexpensive (typically about £2 to 5/kg or £35/20kg).  bulk density is 0.35 to 0.45g /cc.

Mixed with paint or resin (after the hardener) it has very little effect upon the paint or resin physical characteristics so can be used with roller or brush and goes on evenly leaving a slightly matt finish.  There are many suppliers on-line, CFS  have proven to be reliable.

Conclusion

For most surfaces the best non-slip surface will be obtained by using paint with Fillite mixed into the paint at a ratio of up to 50/50 by volume. It is cheap, easy to apply as it mixes easily with the paint or resin has a good surface finish and gives good non-slip properties (significantly better than sand) combined with ease of repair and cleaning.  Fillite mixed with Polyester resin can be used where very heavy traffic is expected.

For particularly challenging applications Carborundum grit is more difficult to apply but gives a very hard wearing non-slip solution.

Wire mesh and plastic mesh are inferior to both Fillite and Carborundum.  They are more difficult to apply, not as long lasting, often look tatty after a short time, are difficult to repair and not as non-slip.

 

 October 14, 2015  Posted by at 22:27 Technical Articles No Responses »
Oct 142015
 

This section contains 3D printer files for a number of useful devices.   The GCode versions are for the Ultimaker2 printer unless identified otherwise.

Tin Markers for Blind User

With no eyesight all tins feel the same and after a bit beans on custard looses it’s attraction.  These markers are different shapes and have a large raised letter to tell the contents (C = custard etc). A small disc magnet is glued on the back and  when a sighted person puts tins in the cupboard they attach the shape to the top of the tin.

[ddownload id=”4875″ style=”button” text=”tin marker”]

Larger Tin Markers

A larger version of the tin markers described above.

[ddownload id=”4878″ style=”button” text=”Large Tin Markers”]

Laser Holder for Parkinsonism

A common problem with Parkinsons Disease is that of freezing, people can’t get moving once they are up. Some describe it as having their feet glued to the ground. North Herts developed a simple laser pointer which projects a bright line on the floor ahead of theuser.  If they then attempt to stand on the line this will often get them moving again.  This design is for the laser holder which attaches to a finger with Velcro.

[ddownload id=”4882″ style=”button” text=”Parkinsons Aid”]

Base for Raspberry Pi

A base for a Raspberry Pi.   [ddownload id=”4883″ style=”button” text=”Rasperry Pi base”]

 

 October 14, 2015  Posted by at 18:29 Technical Articles, Useful Software No Responses »
Sep 042014
 

Sugru

is an air cured mouldable silicone rubber putty which remains useable for about an hour after opening the sealed package. It sets fully in about 24hrs.  It can easily be formed by hand as it does not slump

https://sugru.com/ has a wealth of ideas on how it can be used. 

Sugru very kindly make periodic supplies of near out of storage life Sugru available to Remap at no cost so any Remap member wanting to make anything from this very useful material should contact the national office to see if any is available.

Oogoo

Ooloo is not a Sugru substitute but a home made soft setting mouldable and castable silicone rubber clay made using silicone acetoxy sealant and corn flour.  The sealant is commonly available as translucent sealant in normal compression tubes – you need the version that smells of Vinegar (acetic acid).  It’s main advantage is that if you need soft rubber blocks it is cheap.

Instructions are at http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Your-Own-Sugru-Substitute/ but despite the name it isn’t a Sugru substitute but a cheap way of making soft silicone shapes.  Sugru is far stronger when set and resembles a semi hard rubber rather than the soft oogoo.

 September 4, 2014  Posted by at 18:33 Uncategorized Comments Off on Sugru and Oogoo
Sep 042014
 

As well as Polycaprolactone and Sugru there are a number of mouldable plastics and foam sheets used by therapists which can be used to make padding or particular shapes.  As with many substances aimed at the medical market these can be very expensive and there are often much cheaper commercial/industrial substances available with similar properties.

Rolyan putty  https://www.pattersonmedical.co.uk/app.aspx?cmd=get_item&id=6869
Mouldable foam – Direct to body is a two component putty like material used to reduce scarring after surgery or some burns.  Remap would never be involved in using it for its intended purpose of medical treatment but it may have other applications.  It costs about £110 per kg so either Sugru or Oogoo would be cheaper alternatives.

Block foams such as Plastazote thermoplastic foam http://www.zotefoams.com/pages/EN/plastazote.asp are commonly seen supporting injured limbs and again, although Remap would not get involved in using these materials for therapeutic purposes they have other uses.  Off cuts can often be obtained from orthopaedic departments.

 September 4, 2014  Posted by at 12:55 New Materials Comments Off on Mouldable and Formable plastics
Sep 042014
 

Non-slip materials sheet materials include soft flexible sheets or formed shapes designed to hold plates in place or help grip jars when removing lids.  Rigid sheets are more usually used on things such as ramps. 

Dycem produce a range of non-slip soft plastic sheet and grip aids.

http://dycem-ns.com/node/42

http://dycem-ns.com/onlinestore

Anti slip sheets and tapes designed to make floor surfaces non-slip are commonly used in industry and there are many suppliers such as

https://www.nonslipshop.co.uk

http://www.tapes-direct.co.uk/

 September 4, 2014  Posted by at 11:32 New Materials Comments Off on Non-Slip Sheet Materials
Jun 242014
 

As a Charity and a limited company Remap is governed by two main documents.  Our Articles of Association and our Operations Manual.

Articles of Association

The “Articles of Association” sets out the legal standing of the company as a company limited by guarantee.  It also contains our “Charitable Objects”, the purpose for which we exist and the boundaries within which we must operate.  The Articles of Association cannot easily be altered and any alteration requires the support of the voting members of Remap (the Panels).  Most members will not normally need to read this document.

Operations Manual

The Operations Manual is our working document and contains our operating rules and procedures as well as guidance on many aspects of panel operations.  All panel members should read at least Part A of the manual which contains the mandatory rules for Remap members.

These two documents can be downloaded in pdf format using the links below :-

Articles of Association Click Here

Operations Manual Click Here

While the Articles are not usually altered frequently the Operations Manual is updated regularly.  If you have any suggestions for alterations please send them to the Remap CEO.

Additional Sources of Information

Details of many past jobs and articles of general interest to Remap members are contained within the Remapedia.  Past newsletters and requests for help from panels on jobs can be found in the Remap Newsletter .  If you want to post requests for assistance to the newsletter please contact the national office.

 June 24, 2014  Posted by at 15:30 Articles of Association, Operations Manual Comments Off on Remap Articles of Association and Operations Manual
Jun 162014
 

Picture quality is important if images are to be used to promote Remap’s work and also if others are to be able to build upon previous work.  They are a most valuable contribution to the growing body of Remap knowledge and preserve your work and ideas so that others can benefit from them.

Including People

For the majority of Remap purposes, what matters most is the human story behind each Remap project. Invariably, some aspect of the client’s life is improved. It might be a simple daily task that is made easier, it might be some leisure activity they have longed to enjoy but haven’t been able to until Remap came along. Ideally, pictures ought to reflect the client’s pleasure in their new capabilities. Sometimes this is impossible – the client might not want attention drawn to whatever it is they had difficulties with and their wishes are paramount.

The key to success is variety of pictures. You should always aim, first of all, to get a picture of the client looking happy, without worrying whether your device is in the picture – a broad smile always makes a positive impression and attracts attention the reader’s attention. The importance of this cannot be overstated – what viewers of the material most need to know is that Remap makes people’s lives better  – and the material they see must underline this. It is a key reason why the National Office prefer to use professional photographers for pictures to be used in publicity. They are skilled in making subjects feel relaxed. This enables the clients to move swiftly from feeling nervous about having photographs taken to a state where they can express visually the pleasure they feel in what the Remap panel has done to improve their lives.

Once you have taken these person-centred photos, by all means move to the pictures showing the device you have made. Ideally these pictures should show both the person and the device, but they can be separate. The important thing is variety. Getting lots of pictures can be tricky. It often seems intrusive, and embarrassing to request. It is useful in these circumstances to tell clients that photographs of projects are hugely helpful in explaining to others what Remap’s capabilities are and that if you take lots of pictures there are bound to be some which are really good, even though many will not be. The key thing from Remap’s point of view is to paint as broad a picture as possible of the benefits Remap has brought to the client’s life.

It is important to involve as many people as possible. If there is an OT or other health professional concerned with the case, it is very valuable to get a picture of that person – on their own and along with the client. It all adds to the versatility of the pictures.

If you believe the project is a particularly interesting one and you do not feel confident about taking photographs, do please contact Paula Allchin or Adam Rowe at the National office.  They will be able to give you special advice, or even get a professional photographer to help you out. Good pictures of the work Remap panels do are really that important.

If pictures are to be used other than for Panel records and they include clients or other recognisable individuals, the subject’s permission to use the photographs must be obtained.   This is extremely important.  Remap cannot use a case study unless it is clear from the outset that the client, and their parents or carers where appropriate, are happy for the case to be publicised. A Remap form giving a broad consent to publicity can be found HERE.

Camera

Most film cameras other than “disposables” will produce prints adequate for this site.  Ideally prints should be on the larger of the two sizes usually offered by processors (7 x 5″).

Most digital cameras should also be OK as long as the camera is capable of at least 1 megapixel resolution.  For cameras below 2 megapixel sensor size set the camera to take pictures at its highest resolution and best quality (Usually called something like “Large” and “Fine”).

Cameras in mobile phones will possibly just about manage images for this web site but  it doesn’t matter how many megapixels they claim – the lenses are usually simply inadequate and camera shake too obvious unless the light levels are very high.

Image Size

Many digital cameras now produce large image sizes.  These huge images are wasted on web sites where the effective resolution is that of the viewing screen, normally 96 Pixels (Dots per Inch (DPI)).  Large images also eat up server storage space and make pages slow to appear for people looking at the site.  Aim to have images with no more than about 800 pixels on their longest side unless it really does  need to be bigger.  Maximum file sizes should be 500k – 1MByte unless it is really necessary to have larger.

Software to resize large images includes (free) Irfan View

http://www.irfanview.com

or “Free Photo Resizer” http://download.cnet.com/Free-Picture-Resize-Starter/3000-12511_4-10297789.html  (If anyone has any other favourites please let me know)

Composition

Please take care when you are composing the photograph to look at the background.  The human eye and brain are very good at filtering out what they don’t want to see when viewing a scene in 3D but much less good when it’s in a photograph.  The swirling green and red Paisley carpet may be Mrs Smith’s pride and joy but doesn’t do anything for your picture of a wheelchair foot taken with carpet as a background.

Try to avoid background clutter which is distracting.   Don’t be afraid to request that items should be temporarily repositioned to make for a picture which focuses on the important things.

The Rule of Thirds

When composing a picture a more pleasing effect is usually obtained if the subject is not placed in the centre of the image but at a point 1/3 of the frame from the edge.  This can be from the top, bottom or sides.  The point to place the subject is shown by the dots below at the intersection of the 1/3 lines.

In the photos above and below the subject is placed in the centre of the frame, a typical “snapshot”.

In this pair (above and below) the subject  is moved to one of the “thirds” points.  The result is better composition (although the model had nodded off while waiting for the picture to be taken).

 June 16, 2014  Posted by at 17:52 Photography for Remap Comments Off on Guide to Photography for Remap
Jun 162014
 
Introduction

Remapedia was originally developed using a Wiki based application. Unfortunately development of the base application made it less suitable for our use and at the same time other applications developed in a direction which suited us. In particular the very popular blogging application WordPress became more popular as a content management system (in its stand alone version – not that hosted commercially at WordPress.com). Remap has been using WordPress for the Remap Newsletter for some time now and it has proven to be reliable and easy for authors to enter information so we adopted it as the platform for Remapedia.

The idea of Remapedia is to allow Panels to enter their own projects and illustrations.  This removes the inevitable bottleneck which occurs if material has to be sent to a central point for entry. 

Before being able to enter new projects you need to obtain a login name and password to give you editorial access. However, no registration or login is needed to read any part of the Remapedia).  You can get a login from Peter Parry peter@remapsherts.org.uk

Preparing Information

WordPress allows information to be prepared and entered in a number of ways and users can chose the one that suits them best. It can be entered online using the WordPress built in editor or it can be prepared off line using a local text editor. Generally our users of the newsletter have found it is easier to use the second method for preparing articles as it is easy to save local copies and work on them over a period of time.

Please bear in mind that what you write in any editor and what appears on screen may not be quite the same so you may need to learn the idiosyncrasies of your chosen editor.

A number of available free editors are listed below at Annex A, try as many as you wish however, for Windows users Windows Live Writer is the recommended first choice and the one covered in these instructions. If there are any Mac or Linux users or Windows users who use different editors I would appreciate it if you could let me know your experiences with those editors and how to install them.

For Mac users the only free editors are the Firefox browser based ones

Installing an Offline Editor- Windows Live Writer

These instructions apply to Windows Live Writer (WLW). Two versions of Live Writer exist which have different layouts. The first is for Windows XP, the second version is for all later operating systems (including Windows 8 even though it says only up to 7). CAUTION – when installing Live writer it comes as part of a “live” package with a variety of other applications you may not want. Make sure you de-select those packages you don’t want after the initial loader is downloaded.

Setup Windows Live Writer 2011

Before starting this please email me for a login name and username to allow you to edit the trial Remapedia contents.

Time required to set up Live Writer 8-12 minutes

Download the Windows Live Writer 2011 setup program.

Select “Choose the programs you want to install.”

Uncheck everything except for Writer. Click Install. You’ll be prompted to restart your computer once the install completes.

Note: Please be patient while waiting for the install process. It can take several minutes to install Writer.

Once you have restarted, you can find the new program in your Start Menu. Go to All Programs > Windows Live > Windows Live Writer.

When you start Windows Live Writer for the first time, you’ll be prompted to configure the program to connect to your blog.

  • For “What blog service do you use?”, select WordPress (Or “other blog type” in the XP version) and click Next.
  • · For “Add a blog account”, enter the Remapedia blog address of www.remapedia.org.uk your user name, and password, then click Next.

Once you select your blog type, you’ll be prompted to allow Live Writer to detect you blog theme, click Yes. (This feature will allow you to view your blog post like it’ll look on your blog before publishing.)

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The final screen should say “Your blog has been set up.” If you’d like, you may edit the Blog nickname before clicking Finish.

Now, you should see an [untitled] post screen. On the Home tab, your Blog nickname from the previous screen will appear next to the Publish button.

Adding Plug-Ins

Plug-ins are small programs designed to extend the functions of the base program. Livewriter will work perfectly well as it is, however, if you want to add files as downloadable links (for example a downloadable CAD file or a download of some software you have written) you will need to add  a plug-in to allow you to do so. You do NOT need to use this just to add pictures

Unfortunately Microsoft has abandoned Live Writer so you cannot add them through the built in function.  Instead go to http://insert-file-plugin-for-windows-live-writ.software.informer.com/  and download the Insert File Plug-in. The file you download should be called insertfileplugin.msi  once downloaded run it and it will install the plug-in to Live Writer. 

Once the configuration is complete, you can start writing new articles using Windows Live Writer. Just type in your blog post title and content in the spaces provided, and use the formatting buttons as you normally would. Adding images is easy using the icons or links on the right hand side of the Windows Live Writer window. You can select a category using the dropdown menu at the bottom of the screen. PLEASE – make sure you always select one, and only one, category for each post. This will normally be the Hamilton Index category which you will find in the categories box.

You can save work as a “Local Draft” (found in “File” on the menu bar) until you are ready to post it which you do by pressing the “Publish” button.   You can also retrieve files you have posted for editing if you want to add to them or alter them after posting.  You can’t delete files using Live Writer.

Layout for entering Jobs

The prescriptive form layout of the old yearbooks made the descriptions rather stilted. There is no form layout in the new system but it is suggested you follow the sequence of describing the problem-describing the solution and then illustrating the solution and describing the benefit the client gained. There are examples already on the site which you can follow.

Preparing Pictures for use

Before using pictures on the Remapedia PLEASE make sure you have prepared them so they are at an appropriate size and resolution for the web. If people upload large numbers of multi-megapixel photographs the site will become very slow and we will run out of server space. Live Writer has a facility where if you load a large picture you can reduce its displayed size using normal corner scaling handles. This won’t reduce the file size however.

Most pictures should be at no more than about 800×600 pixel size (usually less) and a resolution of 96DPI. This should give you images no greater than about 500k in size.  Please don’t post multi-megabyte images. To prepare pictures use either your normal photo editing software and look for a “save for web” or similar option or use one of the many photo resizing programs around such as Irfan View or “Free Photo Resizer” http://download.cnet.com/Free-Picture-Resize-Starter/3000-12511_4-10297789.html (If anyone has any other favourites please let me know).  More information on photography for Remap can be found at http://remaponline.org.uk/remapedia/2013/04/technical-guide-to-photography-for-remap/

Embedded Video

The new system should also accept video sequences in posts, I haven’t tried this yet but again try to keep the file sizes down to the minimum necessary.

ADDING MORE THAN ONE NEW POST

When adding more than one post per session DO NOT (in Livewriter at least and probably other editors) delete old text and enter new, always go to the menu and select “New Post”.  If you fail to do this the text from the previously entered post will be overwritten as WordPress keeps track of pages by its own numbering system not by titles and thinks you have edited your last post, not started a new one.  This internal numbering is useful as it allows you to have a number of separate posts with the same title.  If you inadvertently edit rather than restart a post the older overwritten text can usually be recovered so if you have lost a significant body of work please contact Peter Parry.

Annex A

Available Editors

The following offline editors can be used to prepare work for entry into the Remapedia.

Mac

· Blogo

· Ecto (Commercial – costs $20)

· MarsEdit (Commercial – costs $40)

Windows

· Windows Live Writer (Free) users from XP to Windows 8. Note there are two versions, one for XP and one for later operating systems, make sure you chose the right one)

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=8621

· Raven (Free but has not been updated for a while)

· Microsoft Word (2007 or newer)

Linux

· BloGTK (Free) http://blogtk.jayreding.com/

Multi-platform

· Scribefire (Firefox Add-on) Free, http://www.scribefire.com/

· Shareaholic (Firefox Add-on) Free, https://www.shareaholic.com/tools/firefox

Installing

Live Writer instructions have been given.  For others you are on your own (and please, if you use any others send me details of how you managed).

Some Editors will ask for something like an XML-RPC (or API) endpoint, which will be your blog domain followed by “xmlrpc.php". This will be :-

http://remapedia.org.uk/xmlrpc.php

Any desktop application will also require a username and password – this is the username and password that you will have been provided with to login to WordPress.com.

 June 16, 2014  Posted by at 16:32 Remapedia Help Comments Off on Preparing material for Remapedia
Jun 162014
 

The client needed a stair gate to prevent them falling down the stairs when they moved about upstairs at night.  With the gate in place the client could move around upstairs without fear of stumbling down the stairs.

The gate was constructed from Easyfix aluminium sections and joining pieces.  Piano hinge was used for the hinge to give a neat but strong hinge. 

http://www.aluminiumwarehouse.co.uk/EasyFix_Tube_Connectors/c180/index.html

This allowed for rapid construction and gave a gate which was lightweight, strong and had a high quality easy to clean finish.  

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(South Herts – 2014)

 June 16, 2014  Posted by at 16:24 Household and Environmental Fittings Comments Off on Stair Gate to Prevent Falls