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    Securing your wheelchair inside a van

    The common way to secure a wheelchair inside a van is to strap it to the floor. That works great if someone else is doing the work. But if it's your wheelchair, it's difficult to attach straps to...
  2. Agree about ride cushion.

    Agree about ride cushion.
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    But I think all of this may be moot if the intent...

    But I think all of this may be moot if the intent is to plug the flash drive into any computer and start using it. That won't work. The program may be taken along in a flash drive. But it would have...
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    I don't think so. The operating system has no way...

    I don't think so. The operating system has no way of knowing the physical location of a drive nor does it care. It only knows and cares about the logical location of a drive. Having said that, there...
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    You get multiple installations. There's no reason...

    You get multiple installations. There's no reason why it couldn't be installed on an external drive, including a flash drive. However, that installation (regardless of where it's located) is most...
  6. Please. After 36 years with a complete injury,...

    Please. After 36 years with a complete injury, there's a lot of stimuli being ignored by my brain - my body trying to warn my brain by saying with pain, "stop doing that because you're hurting...
  7. My concern about a "cure" is that if we recover...

    My concern about a "cure" is that if we recover sensation, then how much pain will we be in that is otherwise being masked by the SCI?
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    if your lift is straining when operating without...

    if your lift is straining when operating without the motor running, you probably have a weak battery.
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    Any phone made these days is probably fine for...

    Any phone made these days is probably fine for basic needs. But inevitably you will find a need for more apps. Is it future proof, meaning you’ll be able to do more stuff if you want? Just something...
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    Zip tie the two wheels together and you need only...

    Zip tie the two wheels together and you need only one hook.
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    Good for you. That's a huge deal.

    Good for you. That's a huge deal.
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    That's good to hear. This is new to me. Had mine...

    That's good to hear. This is new to me. Had mine only a few weeks so still learning. I lowered the rear seat height. But can't remember if it was before or after attaching the Smart Drive clamp. If...
  13. That's one of those things that has buyers...

    That's one of those things that has buyers remorse written all over it. Sorry to sound so cynical. But learning to let go is a big part of dealing with an SCI.
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    Just curious, is this a new problem? Have you...

    Just curious, is this a new problem? Have you adjusted your brakes before?
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    Well, good thing about the solid tires is that...

    Well, good thing about the solid tires is that the brakes shouldn't have to be adjusted once they are tight in the right spot.
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    Tire pressure affects the brakes. Brakes slip as...

    Tire pressure affects the brakes. Brakes slip as tires lose air pressure. Adjust your brakes with tire pressure slightly less than desired. Then add air. Now your brakes will hold better.
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    This is a problem I have with the SmartDrive. I...

    This is a problem I have with the SmartDrive. I am glad you are addressing it. Sometimes you just can't avoid such obstacles. It doesn't even have to be a large crack in the pavement. Even a sidewalk...
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    I can wheelie with one hand. But the caveat is...

    I can wheelie with one hand. But the caveat is that if you push off one handrail only to start the wheelie, you're going to turn as you wheelie. Not very practical. It's more showboating that...
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    That was the year of my injury, so I probably had...

    That was the year of my injury, so I probably had the same chair. It was a folder. If I recall it wasn't too heavy or wide. But it was long. Instead of having your knees at 90 degrees and your feet...
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    A manual wheelchair that can accept a 4" caster...

    A manual wheelchair that can accept a 4" caster as well as an 8" caster has to be large, heavy, and hard to maneuver. Big price to pay.
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    If I go more than 4" casters, they will hit my...

    If I go more than 4" casters, they will hit my feet while turning. They will also be more apt to hit the wall and furniture. Hence, if I were to go large on the casters, it would have to be custom...
  22. It would be great if your local mechanic knew not...

    It would be great if your local mechanic knew not only your van but also your conversion. This might be a good place to start.
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    A vehicle idling doesn't do a good job of...

    A vehicle idling doesn't do a good job of charging a battery. Charge comes from current, which comes from RPMs. Low RPMs at idle means little charge. It's possible that the charge removed from the...
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    I already replaced the battery in my van so I...

    I already replaced the battery in my van so I can't test it. But I still have the battery in the car. Water level was low so I added distilled water. Right away, there was an improvement. The water...
  25. The max dose of oral baclofen for long term is...

    The max dose of oral baclofen for long term is 120 mg per day (160 mg for a short term), which I was taking for years without any consistent relief. I had a DREZ procedure with great results. No pain...
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