the elderly lady who loves nearby has fingers that are gnarled with rheumatoid
arthritis. Meanwhile, electric hedge clippers these days are made with
triggers that take a lot more force than years ago - and so does the
thumb-operated catch that lets you lock the clipper into the 'on' position.
Is there any way to make it easier for her?
But she loves doing it, almost as much as using her weed whacker - which she
uses twice a week or so. She also believes the activity is good for her
health, and is almost certainly right.
All these had nothing:
National Council on Aging
the local office
retailers of assistance devices, like wrightstuff.biz & enablingdevices.com
(The senior-related ones don't have the irritating phone menu navigations.)
Black & Decker does have the menus, then played a recording about how they
strive for quality in customer service... then ironically disconnected me -
their system is broken since yesterday.
With the Arthritis Foundation, I ended up in India, then realized they were
the first one. (Maybe the tide has turned in outsourcing.) But also no help.
I'd thought of an inline power switch and rigging the trimmer's mechanical
triggers to be always on, but that wouldn't be safe. It's probably
theoretically possible to use levers on the triggers, but not practical to
So I guess there's no solution for the poor dear. Thanks for the replies.
One last suggestion and then I'll let you go. Yahoogroups and a
couple of other places have arthritis-related forums. You might try
there. This is where you might find the ingenious person with the same
problem that solved it with a small bit of chewing gum and bailing wire
People thought cybersex was a safe alternative,
until patients started presenting with sexually
haha, you are such a pathetic little douchebag, smitty boy
first, you are the pompous doofus who suggests that you are superior (always
the sign of an insecure weasel)
then you elaborate your dopey theory that the safety features be tampered with
on a neighbor's hedge trimmer... "ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the
defendant willfully and recklessly altered the safety mechanisms mandated by
the government on a powerful electric device with sharp teeth, used by a
trusting senior citizen... and so was the actual cause and proximal cause of
the injuries that followed. His only defense is that a witless talking piece
of shit on the internet named 'smitty boy' said it was a good idea..."
haha, you are such a pompous dope. Now crawl back in your little hole like a
good weasel... unless you want to do a tantrum dance for our entertainment.
How do you realistically expect to address >>>>>
Is there any way to make it easier for her?
the safety features be tampered with on a neighbor's hedge trimmer
you want to change how the thing works but not "tamper with it"
buy her an older model that, according to you, requires less force?
not magic at all, there is a big difference between an approved addon device
(at least one that is commercially available and has been somewhat tested),
and just removing material
P.S. where would you suppose that older model (used) hedge trimmers are
available? I have checked the classifieds.
"an approved add-on device", approved by whom?
I'd be very surprised if the "reduced force to activate" tool market
is large enough to warrant the design & development costs.
"there is a big difference between an approved addon device (at least
one that is commercially available and has been somewhat tested)"
You're dreaming..... I think magic is your best bet.
I await your design & working model.......
How elderly? Should she really be using a hedge clipper in her
Of course if she's an independent / determined person it will be very
difficult to get her to give up these sorts of activities.
I "borrowed" my mom's 6' step ladder when she was in her early
I always told her "I'm not done with it, what do you need me to get
down for you?" When she asked for it back.
Her solution, drive to Home Depot, buy a ladder, use it, return it.
Like I said, hard to stop some people.
Possible to make it easier to use the clipper but I'd be worried about
compromising the safety.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.