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    Tool to pick-up dropped items from wheelchair.

    I purchased a Arm & Hammer 71034 Swivel Bin and Rake to pick-up items that I've dropped on the floor. Since I'm a quad and have no hand or finger function, items that I use regularly, like TV remotes, cell phones and drinking cups are constantly falling on the floor. About $15.

    It's made to clean up dog poop of course but this works better than anything that I've tried over the last 13 years. Since it swivels, it holds whatever I've pushed in until I drop it out on my lap. It can be tippy when standing alone, so I usually lean the handle in a corner or against the furniture or door knob.

    I didn't need the rake, so I added another handle section to the bin to make it taller. I use the connector that holds the 2 tools together to lift the bin, by placing it between my thumb and finger.

    Years ago we copied the fire poker or hook from a Landmann Sarasota Steel Fire Pit but made it out of 1/2 inch aluminum rod so it's lighter. Changed the loop at the top of the poker to be opposite of the bottom hook and enlarged it to fit my hand in. 36 inches for me and I push things into the bin with it and also pick-up a lot of stuff with the sharpened hook.

    www.landmann-usa.com
    Last edited by forestranger52; 4 Jun 2016, 9:11 PM.
    C 5/6 Comp.
    No Tri's or hand function.

    Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

    Teddy Roosevelt

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    Yes, I accept that I'm a redneck. But I always have my Gerber Gut-Hook knife on the side of my chair and use it constantly to pick up things. I have the usual reachers in my home and another in the back of the van, but this is my go-to tool.

    "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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      #3
      P.S.-I couldn't access the landmann link. How did you get the light aluminium? Are you able to do this work yourself? Can you please send pics of that too?
      Last edited by Lemur Wheelz; 4 Jun 2016, 10:03 PM. Reason: Accident

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        #4
        Originally posted by forestranger52 View Post
        I purchased a Arm & Hammer 71034 Swivel Bin and Rake to pick-up items that I've dropped on the floor. Since I'm a quad and have no hand or finger function, items that I use regularly, like TV remotes, cell phones and drinking cups are constantly falling on the floor. About $15.

        It's made to clean up dog poop of course but this works better than anything that I've tried over the last 13 years. Since it swivels, it holds whatever I've pushed in until I drop it out on my lap. It can be tippy when standing alone, so I usually lean the handle in a corner or against the furniture or door knob.

        I didn't need the rake, so I added another handle section to the bin to make it taller. I use the connector that holds the 2 tools together to lift the bin, by placing it between my thumb and finger.

        Years ago we copied the fire poker or hook from a Landmann Sarasota Steel Fire Pit but made it out of 1/2 inch aluminum rod so it's lighter. Changed the loop at the top of the poker to be opposite of the bottom hook and enlarged it to fit my hand in. 36 inches for me and I push things into the bin with it and also pick-up a lot of stuff with the sharpened hook.

        www.landmann-usa.com
        Could you post a picture or two please? I've got little use of my hands; grip strength is nearly gone and I can just about use my first two fingers, but that's it. I've been trying to find a tool that could help me around the house. Also, if this is built to pick up dog poo I could use that help as I've been struggling with that as well. Do you feel it would be workable for someone with limited hand function like me to pick up dog poo?

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          #5
          The knife would also work great to address those nagging itches or to remove those pesky blackheads. Wore a Schrade Old Timer Combo Sheath Knife Kit out hunting for many years and never left home without my two blade, Old Timer pocket knife.
          C 5/6 Comp.
          No Tri's or hand function.

          Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

          Teddy Roosevelt

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            #6
            Originally posted by Lemur Wheelz View Post
            Could you post a picture or two please? I've got little use of my hands; grip strength is nearly gone and I can just about use my first two fingers, but that's it. I've been trying to find a tool that could help me around the house. Also, if this is built to pick up dog poo I could use that help as I've been struggling with that as well. Do you feel it would be workable for someone with limited hand function like me to pick up dog poo?
            Just google Arm & Hammer 71034 Swivel Bin and Rake. Try Amazon, they have good pictures of it. I have no hand function and I think that it would be impossible for me to hold on to outside, especially if I tried to push dog poo into it. If you could fabricate some type of handle that would fit tight on your hand, then possibly. I use the Nite Ize Gear Ties that are rubber, to make handles and loops to attach to things I need to hold or pick up. They hold onto items well by tightly wrapping the tie multiple times around one end, then form a loop for my hand or finger, then wrap it around again. They can be up to 32 inches long if needed.

            Again, just google the Landmann web site and click on the Sarasota Fire Pit. They have a good picture of the poker. I bought the 1/2 aluminum rod from some web site on the internet. Type that into google also.
            Last edited by forestranger52; 5 Jun 2016, 5:30 PM.
            C 5/6 Comp.
            No Tri's or hand function.

            Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

            Teddy Roosevelt

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              #7
              Picture of the pit and poker. http://www.wayfair.com/Landmann-Gard...4-LDM1100.html

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                #8
                Originally posted by Brent K View Post
                Thank you for the pic!! I don't know why I couldn't access the site before; we have poor service here.

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                  #9
                  Forestranger52: thanks for the tips and suggestions. I appreciate it!

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