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    hello all.
    bear with me as this is my first attempt at sharing (posting) pictures. thanks for all the info re: photobucket to all who joined in the discussions.

    recently got a little digital camera (cheapo, but works!).. thought it would be a good opportunity to a) get to know everyone b) share some ideas c) show you that i'm putting your great advice to work and d) getting some more tips

    this is a small project i (we) worked on a few months back; it is a stairlift of sorts from a local fella who's having trouble getting around in his later years.

    5 pictures to follow, hope i didnt make them too big.

    1. this is the cad drawing i started with. anything more complicated than a hole in a plate, i like to work from 3D cad. doesnt take too long to do, and i get a better feel for the final work:

    2. these are some of the main components, unpainted, ready for trial assembly and testing. your tips on mill boring did the trick!

    3. here it is, coming together. this is mark. he gives me a hand, is an eager learner, and now and again, even teaches me something.

    4. close up:

    5. the stairlift ready to go. the platform and hand rest flip up when not in use. his wife carried him up these steps for 20 years, god bless her. now he manages on his own.

    hope you enjoy! i'd like to post more of my projects, maybe pics of the shop as it comes along. i'd love any comments/criticisms.

    thanks again for all the great tips!
    -tony in italy

  • #2
    You have it down perfect Tony. But, where is #5? Interesting project, well done.
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    • #3
      oops.. left out the last link.
      here's #5:


      • #4
        May I suggest you devise a safety cover for the device. Something to cover at least the lead screw so that loose clothing doesn't get wrapped up in it.
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        • #5
          Excellent work,well done!
          I just need one more tool,just one!


          • #6
            Excellent project. You have my applause.

            He does have rails around the toilet? and shower? I wrapped the last ones I put in with black pipe insulation (glued and tie wrapped)

            Lest we all forget, if we live long enough, we too shall be old..... It is rough, but consider the alternative to getting old..


            • #7
              Nice work!

              Feels good to make useful stuff that helps people. Pat yourself on the back!


              • #8
                Very professional looking job. Also a most interesting design. Is the design your own?
                To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison


                • #9
                  thanks everyone.
                  i'm glad the links worked.

                  evan: there is a sheetmetal shroud that
                  encloses everything. "industrial" is not a popular in-home look (god knows why!)
                  but i didnt include that photo as it didnt show much.

                  i drew and designed it all myself, yes. but really there isnt much to it.. an acme screw, a brass nut, motor and wormgear.

                  mark, the fella in the picture, has technical school training with electricity/wiring. he did all of the controls for switching direction and limit switches.

                  thanks again,


                  • #10

                    Glad to hear that. Keep up the good work! Industrial suits me just fine, I have intended to re-decorate at least one of my rooms in diamond tread plate aluminum, floor, ceiling and walls. All metal, it would be really cool and static free. I could really relax surrounded by a full metal jacket.

                    [This message has been edited by Evan (edited 09-28-2003).]
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                    • #11
                      Good job Tony, it looks great!I bet those folks love it more than you!


                      • #12
                        I hear tell that an Aluminum foil beanie (instructions availble on the internet for proper construction) will also stop the "voices" and would be much cheaper than Aluminum Diamond Plate!

                        Sorry dude, you walked right into that one - could not help myself, again.

                        Actually, you would have to make damn sure that you did not have any ground loops present to keep from getting fried. Copper mesh makes a better faraday cage (used in secure rooms) hidden behind the drywall. I think the light reflected off the "shiney" walls would drive you nuts in short order.

                        [This message has been edited by Thrud (edited 09-28-2003).]


                        • #13

                          I don't hear voices, my brother does. I was first born and according to stats first born children don't have the same risk of schizophrenia. I wonder sometimes though. Did you say something? Hello???
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                          • #14
                            I listen to Peter Warren on the weekend (streaming audio). He gets an enormous amount of people that call up from the "Foil Beanie" crowd yaking about contrails, black helicopters, and the CIA poisoning thier food. Peter calls them stupid and hangs up on them - I love it.


                            • #15

                              Yeah beanies.. I talked to some at a gun show that tell me the CIA controls the weather too.

                              Yeah, make it rain, keeping the black man down. Ruining the crops .. Heard it all before.

                              Good thing My problems are just postal-temper-tantrum stress disorder. Ha...

                              (you gotta love a man with a mowhawk and a purple truck)