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    Quote Originally Posted by bigtop1 View Post
    I used to change my oil. Found that for all its worth, a lot easier to just go to the quick lube. I realize that you are at the mercy of the mechanic who does the change but, still a lot easier and, safer. For as often as I need to do a repair on the van, I just crawl back into the house to the lift to get back on one of my chairs.
    Don't know about Quick Lube. We have a Jiffy Lube. When I contacted them about my wife's car, they refused to use synthetic oil, would not replace the trans filter when replacing trans fluid and wouldn't do an anti freeze change. That was three strikes, out.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick1 View Post
    Human Hoist Power Shop Chair
    http://www.humanhoist.com
    Wow, cost is an issue for the hobbyist.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick1 View Post
    Human Hoist Power Shop Chair
    http://www.humanhoist.com
    Heh, at that price I'll hire a garage monkey to order around, lol.

    Anyway, regarding just using some quick lube place...yeah, I use one now. But the markup on nearly 2 gallons of Mobile 1, I supply the filter, and the price is like $80+. My winter shitbox rings in nearly $40, and that's just cheap stuff. At least the guy unscrewing the plug and filter isn't a meth head or natural impersonation of one. But coming from a hobbyist background covering bikes up to heavy duty diesels...really tees me off not being able to do this myself any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    I'm doing some storage room reorganizing, and happened to notice my Harbor Freight hydraulic lift table which is great for chair-floor and back transfers without busting your ass. Which got me to thinking of one of the reasons I got the thing...I want to start changing my car's oil again. Which leads to a question maybe some of you already figured out...

    What is a good mechanic's creeper for a cripple? I'd imagine something with a good back/headrest and real long to keep legs off the floor? Anyone find something good that they can recommend?
    Similar to what the other poster said I use those interlocking 2'x 2' foam rubber exercise squares.

  5. #15
    This thread got me thinking and on a search fever.... Which led me to finding this: http://disabilityworktools.com/shop-.../lift-creeper/

    Looks like it is on my future purchase wish list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsquared View Post
    This thread got me thinking and on a search fever.... Which led me to finding this: http://disabilityworktools.com/shop-.../lift-creeper/

    Looks like it is on my future purchase wish list.
    Interesting. But the cheapskate in me says this purchased with a 25% off coupon and some old chair if desired might be easier to work and more economical

    https://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb...art-60730.html

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    I have a couple of those carts, they really come in handy for working on powerchairs and other tasks. Same with the Hoyer lift that was waiting for me when I got out of rehab. Thankfully, I only needed that for a few weeks.

    I envy you guys that can discuss doing a lowly oil change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Interesting. But the cheapskate in me says this purchased with a 25% off coupon and some old chair if desired might be easier to work and more economical

    https://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb...art-60730.html
    Also a great idea and doesn't look like too big of a project to build.

    How fast is the pump on the that HF one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsquared View Post
    Also a great idea and doesn't look like too big of a project to build.

    How fast is the pump on the that HF one?
    Not as fast as their "rapid pump" jacks...ie you wont break your arm trying to lift yourself. I'd call it 'ok', gets me lifted with no issues to speak of

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    I just remebered, you can change your oil from the top, trany fluid too. Get a suction pump and stick the tube down the dip stick hole. That's why those places won't change your trans fluid, because that's how they do it.

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