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Diy Snow Tires

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--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create do-it-yourself snow tires for manual or powered wheelchair for individuals with mobility disabilities. Acquire sturdy/plastic wire ties that are long enough to go around the thickness of the wheelchair’s tire and wheel (approximately 6.5 to 8 inches and 50 pound strength or more). Depending on the size of the wheelchair’s wheel and tire, tie approximately 25 to 30 ties evenly around each wheel and tire of a manual wheelchair. Power wheelchairs and smaller wheelchairs may require less or be limited by the wheel style. When tying the wire ties to the tire and wheel, make sure the tie heads (buckles) point outward and not downward under the tire. By placing the tie heads slightly outward this allows the ties to help dig snow while making for a smoother ride. Users can place the tie head on the inside (toward the body) as to protect the user’s hands and/or gloves. Cut any excess on the tie away and the “snow tires” are ready to be used. Unfortunately these do-it-yourself snow tires do not account for casters and/or footplates digging into the snow but the addition of mini-skis onto the caster forks can help with this issue. MATERIALS: Nylon cable ties (6.5 or 8 inch and 50 pound strength or more), and wheelchair wheels. TOOLS: Scissors or a cutting implement. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic craft ability. TITLE: DIY Snow Tires. JOURNAL: Life in Action. REF: Volume 1, Number 3, November/December 2011: pp. 24-25. PAGES: 3 with cover.

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Diy Snow Tires