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    Caster Fork Padding?

    I'm moving to a new place and I don't want to damage anything with my caster forks. They always rub against the side of the bathroom sink or in the kitchen.

    Any ideas on preventing this?
    Never Give Up!

    #2
    Instead of putting something on the forks, apply some type of material over the areas that get rubbed. Even a piece of cardboard taped on temporarily until you can figure out something permanent. Let us know what you come up with, we all have the same problem... I use single-sided forks on my chairs and still have those "rub" marks in the places you mention. I find a magic eraser removed the worst of them but I should do something proactive instead of reactive.

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      #3
      I'm interested in a permanent solution, too.
      Chas
      TiLite TR3
      Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
      I am a person with mild/moderate hexaparesis (impaired movement in 4 limbs, head, & torso) caused by RRMS w/TM C7&T7 incomplete.

      "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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        #4
        The worst for me is doorways and corner walls with tight turns... And in front of the kitchen sink.
        Board Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project working in Education. Feel free to ask me any service dog questions!

        I am not paralyzed. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder with neuro complications and a movement disorder.

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          #5
          Depending on your decor you might find thin sheet metal acceptable. Building supply stores sell the metal kick plates (in a variety of decorative finishes) commonly seen on commercial doors. They are about 9 inches tall and the width of the door, meant to be attached with small screws around the perimeter. They can also be mounted with double-stick tape to avoid drilling all the holes in your doors. For other applications, these same stores sell aluminum roofing flashing--thinner metal in longer rolls and available only in a bright brushed aluminum finish. It's easy to cut with shears, bend to a suitable shape and affix with double-stick tape.

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            #6
            I echo Endo. The other thing that I have (behind all my light switch plates, after the decorative cover and further protecting the wall), are sheets of clear plexiglass. For service dog puppies that are practicing these are really nice! You could also try to find this, or similar, in sizes that are more compatible to your household use (i.e. larger than light switch plates).

            The hardware store also has foam noodles (sometimes, other stores during pool season). In the hardware store these are generally in the plumbing section to insulate pipes. Depending on your use and where you want to put the padding (i.e. corners of walls as Lin mentioned) - these might be helpful. Also, if you have a hoyer lift or something and tend to have muscle spasms (I knew someone who did, and he used pool noodles to pad the bars so it wouldn't hurt).

            Good luck!
            Mystery

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              #7
              Those same building supply stores sell plastic sheet, acrylic or polycarbonate, in clear and sometimes white. They will likely cut it for you in exchange for nothing more than your gratitude. And a positive letter to corporate naming the helpful employees carries a lot of weight in that retail world.

              Also consider purpose made trim for corners. (Search on "corner guards for walls") These are clear or paintable plastic, usually available with self-stick adhesive for easy mounting.

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                #8
                I found 2 solutions that won't affect my house. The first one Rhini truck bed lining. The stuff is super strong and adhesive but costs a lot of money. I've emailed and asked them to make a small kit for wheelchair users. The second is a "plastidip" type spray can and is cheap in comparison. I haven't used it yet but I hope it's good. I have hand rim covers so they don't damage anything. I couldn't find them when I searched online but I know they exist.

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                  #9
                  You can buy some 2" industrial strength Velcro at the likes of McMaster.com
                  Peel and adhere to your forks, not very noticeable and gives you soft protective barrier. Works a charm...

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                    #10
                    Single sided forks work really well - worth the cost for sure.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by roller View Post
                      You can buy some 2" industrial strength Velcro at the likes of McMaster.com
                      Peel and adhere to your forks, not very noticeable and gives you soft protective barrier. Works a charm...
                      Thanks Roller! I've used Velcro before and it's not very noticeable. Plus it won't rub off like rubbers can and do.
                      Never Give Up!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by JeffAdams View Post
                        Single sided forks work really well - worth the cost for sure.
                        Thanks Jeff! They also look much nicer than standard forks. Just waiting to get back on ADP for a new chair. Really looking forward to the modularity of your Icon!
                        Never Give Up!

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                          #13
                          Hey Jeff, I had a TiLite chair with their single sided fork thinking would help with furniture etc. It was total opposite, they started to take the kitchen/bathroom cabinets to pieces so I replaced them with the regular forks. Would be nice to have a chair (even if for only in house) that didn't wreck everything! Is there a single sided fork that fits the bill? And if so is it possible that it fits different brand chairs? I know that's a long shot but hey, don't ask don't get

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                            #14
                            It makes no sense that your forks would be able to touch anything except when you are backing up. The only way I could get the fork to touch the kitchen cabinets was to wheel under the sink and then back out. I use Frog Legs single sided forks on my Icon and had them on my Tilite ZRa.
                            Don - Grad Student Emeritus
                            T3 ASIA A 27 years post injury

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                              #15
                              I've only ever used the FrogLegs forks, so I don't have an opinion about the TiLite ones, but I can't imagine that they'd be any different performance-wise.

                              The single sided forks aren't perfect - our bed sits on a pedestal that is flush with the mattress, so when I get up next to it to get in bed, my castors can sometimes line up backwards, so when I get out, the metal side is closest to the bed, and will pivot/rotate (as castoring wheels do) and will sometimes contact the bed. I think this is pretty much what Donno described.

                              They're not perfect, but they're a lot better than the double sided ones, I've found. I test all of our stuff at Icon, so I had double sided forks on one of the chairs I was testing, and immediately noticed that they would run into stuff more than the UniTines.

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