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    Does this chair make any sense to you?

    I found this Craigslist positing a few days ago and I've been trying to figure out what kind and shape of person would use it.

    http://reno.craigslist.org/hab/3216571627.html





    What kind of disability would give someone really long thighs and tiny shins? Amputee? But then why the footplate? And what's up with the backrest position and COG? And why is that couch so gross?

    So many questions.

    #2
    I'd bet that their are a lot of inner city chair users with various disabilities that piece chairs together any way they can manage. You probably see lots of this kind of stuff in 3rd world countires as well.

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      #3
      Originally posted by brian View Post
      I found this Craigslist positing a few days ago and I've been trying to figure out what kind and shape of person would use it.

      http://reno.craigslist.org/hab/3216571627.html



      What kind of disability would give someone really long thighs and tiny shins? Amputee? But then why the footplate? And what's up with the backrest position and COG? And why is that couch so gross?

      So many questions.
      scarily enough, that's probably one of the nicest couches in Reno.

      also, nice ramp to a pothole in the other pic. accessibility is fun.
      Last edited by feisty; 10 Sep 2012, 12:29 AM.
      An administrator made me remove my signature.

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        #4
        Yeah...uh...wow. It looks titanium, but wow.... Either the DME screwed this one up epicly, or the user has some unusual body porportions. If I used it my legs would be out straight in front of me!
        Last edited by voxina; 11 Sep 2012, 11:02 AM.
        Tourette's Syndrome - motor tics of the legs, feet and back, which can make it difficult or impossible to walk

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          #5
          Look how far back the COG is set.

          I'd bet this chair was used by an amputee.

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            #6
            Originally posted by -scott- View Post
            Look how far back the COG is set.

            I'd bet this chair was used by an amputee.
            Yes, the COG is far back, but the axle is set far forward on the axle plate. Why all that space behind the axle and backrest?

            And if it is an amputee's chair, why the special footplate?

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              #7
              dunno.

              maybe b/c he/she bought it used & modified it?

              the upholstery sticks out way behind the backrest too.

              odd setup indeed.

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                #8
                Originally posted by brian View Post
                I found this Craigslist positing a few days ago and I've been trying to figure out what kind and shape of person would use it.

                http://reno.craigslist.org/hab/3216571627.html





                What kind of disability would give someone really long thighs and tiny shins? Amputee? But then why the footplate? And what's up with the backrest position and COG? And why is that couch so gross?

                So many questions.
                I yelped out loud the instant I saw this! Oh my god, what the heck? That's got to be a bit of a franken-chair or put together by someone who doesn't use a chair for some one who needs one or, I don't know what. I cannot figure how that would work for some one. But I have seen people very badly fit in chairs and they just expect that's what is normal so they ride with their knees high up near their chest or legs all splayed or legs crammed in to a tiny footrest. Some people just don't know.

                On the other hand some folks set their chairs up in a way that doesn't make sense to anyone else or according to the rules but it works for them. A friend has a COG that makes his front end feel like there's a sack of concrete on the footrest and he rides with fat knobby tires half inflated. It helps with his spasms and his pain he says. He's been all around the world with his chair. So I go back to, whatever works for you, is the right thing. Despite what totol1 would say.

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                  #9
                  Maybe the individual had a unique medical situation that required such a chair
                  Being as adjustable as it is ? Definitely unique ...Ok Original
                  I look at it and if it works for someone then that's all that really matters .

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                    #10
                    I want mine to have a 2/14 tow hitch

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                      #11
                      Someone could post a question to the listing and find out.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by grommet View Post
                        . Despite what totol1 would say.
                        What i see in pics is a big shit, not worry if is an amputee, the footplate could be for give rigidity to the front.

                        As you can see the chair was ordered with anti-tippers, in the camber tube are where they get attached.
                        So imo the chair was ordered by some idiot DME or some guy without any idea about wheelchairs and the chair was ordered really long for the guy, because as you can see the cog is moved to the maximum forward position and the backrest too, so imo the guy intented with that to get his frame depth as shorter as possible, but nothing sure...

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                          #13
                          Keep in mind that there are homeless folks in chairs (veterans, non-SCIs, ...), so fit might be secondary. I'm not sure there was lot a choice involved with selecting this chair.

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                            #14
                            Good point Patton.

                            ..it is easy to forget how fortunate most of us are here on CareCure. Having attended school in the downtown core of my city I am constanted reminded of how privileged many of us are with our perfect kit. Sometimes I feel ashamed to wheel around with wheels and tires that cost more than some monthly incomes. If I had one wish is that DME's and custom wheelchair manufacturers would give something back to folks in their communities that need help.

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                              #15
                              I, too, thought it might be a second-hand chair, but the measurements still don't make sense to me. That seat depth looks like it's about 35 inches. And if someone's thighs are that long - even if they were an amputee - their arms would have to be longer than what that's set up for; even if you moved the axle to the bottom of the frame. And if the axle were ever that low on the frame, those casters would never work.

                              And if the footrest is purely structural, why the special, raised footrest? Why not a normal one?

                              I'm not negative about the chair, I just can't wrap my head around the person it was built for.



                              Originally posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
                              Someone could post a question to the listing and find out.
                              That would ruin everything.

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