Category: Positioning Aids

Sheet Frame

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To hold heavy sheets and blankets off of a person's legs to prevent the person from getting tangled in them. The dimensions of the frame depend on the length and height of the bed, so no measurements are provided. The frame's base is constructed from 1.25-inch PVC pipe. Two "L"-shaped sections of pipe of equal size are placed on the floor with the longer sections parallel and the shorter sections pointing toward one another. Connect a 90 degree elbow fitting to the end of each of the shorter sections, then connect two 1.25-inch sections of pipe, approximately 3 inches long to the other end of the joint extending upward. Attach a three-way tee fitting to the upper end of both pipe sections with one end pointing up and the other joints pointing inward toward each other, parallel to the short sections of the "L"-shaped pieces. To construct the crossbar for the base, cut three equal sections of 1.25-inch PVC pipe and connect them using two 3-way tee fittings with the remaining joint pointing up. The length of these sections will vary according to the size of the bed; however, the total length of the three sections, when joined, should be approximately equal to the distance from a point just short of the pillows to a point 6 inches beyond the foot of the bed. To complete the base, connect the two "L"-shaped sections by joining each end of the crossbar to the inward-facing joints of the base sections. On the upward-facing joint of each of the four tee fittings, place an adapter that will receive 1-inch PVC pipe. Cut four equal sections of 1-inch diameter PVC pipe, and join each of these in the upward facing joints at the ends and near the center of the crossbar to form four equally spaced vertical supports. At the top of each of these vertical supports, place a 90-degree elbow fitting with the other joint pointing parallel to the long section of the "L"-shaped pieces of the base. Cut four sections of 1-inch diameter PVC pipe of equal length, and connect each section to an elbow joint to form the four horizontal supports that will extend above the bed. Place a plug at the end of each of these supports. MATERIALS: 1.25-inch diameter PVC pipe; 1-inch diameter PVC pipe; six 1.25-inch diameter elbow fittings; four 1.25-inch diameter tee fittings; four adapters (1.25 inch to 1 inch), and four 1-inch diameter plugs. TOOLS: Saw. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic shop skills. DIMENSIONS: The dimensions of the frame depend on the length and height of the bed. TITLE: Doing It Yourself. AUTHOR: Wechsler, K. JOURNAL: Quest. WEB SITE: . REF: Vol. 11, No. 1, January/February 2004.


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