Regarding the oil on the jack screw enclosure and dried spots on the chassis cover on my new Permobile, posts 136, 137, and 138 and your helpful responses that followed. Here are the conclusions. A tech from the durable medical equipment supplier was out at my home today to look at these areas and tweak a few other things.
Dry Red Spots:
As "nonoise" suggested, something must have been spilled. What ever the dried red spots were, they were water soluble and wiped off with a damp cloth. No harm to the cover. Since I didn't spill anything (I would have noticed something of similar color on my clothing), NL, the tech, and I had to conclude that something had to have been spilled by someone at one of a couple parties I attended over the holidays. At these parties, I was in the elevated position (great being eye level with folks) and somehow, someone must have spilled something. There were children at these parties...who knows, if one was down there playing and... But, if this is what happened, and say it was a child, note to self, pay particular attention to who is around when you return the elevation to the sitting height. There may be little fingers or other body parts around that could get hurt by the descending seat.
Oil on the Jack Screw Enlosure:
As "Art454" suggested the oil on the enclosure was excess oil. That is a bit odd too, since the oil on the jack screw is dark gray or black. You'd think there would be a dark stain on the paper toweling we used to wipe over the spot.
The supplier tech also brought me a new battery charger. The power cord that plugs into the charger at one end and into a wall outlet at the other was very loose and wouldn't stay plugged in. The cord on the new charger is very tight and stays plugged into the charger.
All that said, many thanks to my supplier and all the folks at Permobil who scratched their heads and made the effort to problem solve these issues. Oh, and it turns out the jack screw box wasn't deformed, but built that way to provide a place to pry the top off, once 4 screws are removed. Not sure why the cover wasn't on square, but that was minor and the tech made adjustments. So all is good.
Last edited by gjnl; 01-11-2017 at 09:21 PM.
I started my quest for a new Permobil M300 a week or 2 after GJ. I finally got a copy of the ADMC from Medicare with a thumbs up today. As expected, everything was approved except the seat elevator. I will keep you posted.
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Has anybody purchased an F series Permobil in the last year or has one on order that has an aftermarket back?
If so, which back and how much additional depth had to be made to accommodate it?
The order form says that some aftermarket backs may consume as much as 2 inches of seat depth must be accounted for upfront in the purchasing specifications.
I have a permobil f5 corpus vs. Love it. A few "brains" issues, but they've been taken care of.