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    I have rented several times, from almost every...

    I have rented several times, from almost every rental company, (including a moving van, to move my daughter cross country).
    Every one of them has been able to install hand controls-given enough...
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    I'd suggest checking for a rental-they're widely...

    I'd suggest checking for a rental-they're widely available, even powered ones.
    We rented a powered one for a few days, in Alabama, a couple years ago, for a reasonable cost.
    The rental place...
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    LIL, I'd be inclined to try Dawn dishwashing...

    LIL, I'd be inclined to try Dawn dishwashing soap, in water-it cuts grease/oil, really well and gasoline is just another petroleum product.
    I use it to clean my hands when I get greasy.
    Be sure to...
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    PM sent

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  5. It looks to me that you have a couple questions....

    It looks to me that you have a couple questions.
    Where to find a decent provider?
    What chair to try/purchase?
    On the first, I'd suggest contacting any large rehab center-Madison has UW...
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    What Automation said-check around used lifts are...

    What Automation said-check around used lifts are available. I paid 100$ for mine, and acted as middleman in another one that was donated to a coworker.
    In our local area, United Cerebral Palsy, has...
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    Yes, too long, old friend.

    Yes, too long, old friend.
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    PM sent.

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  9. I picked up one of...

    I picked up one of these:https://www.harborfreight.com/18-in-working-platform-step-stool-62515.html
    I still have to lift/crawl onto it, and up to my chair, but not as high, and it is very portable.
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    Many good tips above. If you have a particular...

    Many good tips above.
    If you have a particular brand in mind, or even if you don't, you might call those manufacturers, most will be happy to tell you who are the larger (more experienced) providers...
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    sorry, meant to include this:...

    sorry, meant to include this:
    https://www.garaventalift.com/en/products/wheelchair-lifts/inclined-platform-lifts.html
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    I installed several Butler lifts, as well as...

    I installed several Butler lifts, as well as Garaventa, years ago, Both are well made.
    The Garaventa can be configured for just about any stair configuration.
    Butler, I think, only works on...
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    I haven't installed them for many years, but...

    I haven't installed them for many years, but Monarch used to be reversible-by changing the return spring, and flipping the handle around.
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    Before you make any changes, make sure your rear...

    Before you make any changes, make sure your rear tires are equally inflated-a low tire on the opposite rear can make a caster float.
    Also, if it only floats sometimes, it is quite likely the floor...
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    it probably will work-basically, it puts a mouse...

    it probably will work-basically, it puts a mouse pointer on the phone screen-you can move around, like a finger, to operate the phone.
    Have your dealer arrange with the Permobil rep to try one.
    If...
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    Just to expound on my previous comment-yes, it is...

    Just to expound on my previous comment-yes, it is expensive. If you get it, when the chair is built-you have experienced assemblers doing the installation. It has to pass several quality inspections,...
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    Elevator (seat lift), can be added later on...

    Elevator (seat lift), can be added later on pretty much all Permobil chairs. Note I said "CAN" be added-that was the question.
    While it is possible, it's a lot cheaper and cleaner to order it on the...
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    Shop around. I found myself in need of a new...

    Shop around.
    I found myself in need of a new set-local outfit wanted 1400$, and said it would take at least 2 days to put them in.
    I knew that was nonsense-I used to install them. 25 years ago,...
  19. Thread: back height

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    Many years ago, when I was learning about how to...

    Many years ago, when I was learning about how to fit a chair, the rule of thumb was to have the width of the palm of your hand, (typically 3-4"), between the users armpit, and top of the back.
    I...
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    Having driven with hand controls for over 40...

    Having driven with hand controls for over 40 years, and installed a few hundred sets, I have never seen a set that didn't require periodic service and lubrication.
    There are usually several close...
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    Couple things-Permobil does offer a fabric...

    Couple things-Permobil does offer a fabric covered armpad.
    I have no idea if it would be better for you, or not, but worth looking at.
    There are also gel pads, that have a fabric cover, that might...
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    I just became aware of another possibility-on...

    I just became aware of another possibility-on newer models of the joystick gjnl posted above, the buttons around the display can be programmed as seat functions, and, one of the monojacks on the...
  23. I don't see a place for my age, on my profile, so...

    I don't see a place for my age, on my profile, so I didn't list it. It changes constantly though;)

    Ido have a T-6 spinal cord injury, (MVA, if you want to know), since 1959, as stated on my...
  24. You should try different options. The mini...

    You should try different options.
    The mini joystick only moves about 1/8", from center to full speed, with something like 5 grams of force-not very much, so might be difficult to control, if your...
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    Permobil also offers something called an...

    Permobil also offers something called an "Alternative Switch Box", with monojacks, so you can plug in different kinds of ability switches. Ask your provider, or Permobil rep.
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