November 25th, 2009

„News from the Rollinator (Wheelinator)“

Tips for wheelchair drivers, buckled fingers and other pedestrians

Odd wheelchair stories and technical aids consulting service for free.

Eigude (Howdy),

when you, sitting in a wheelchair, have left the hospital or the rehab the drama begins. You are left on your own, and everybody has to re-invent the wheel to manage everyday life. Therefore this blog with a lot of tips and tricks.

Send me your hints, take photos, leave comments and discuss with us!!!

If you can’t tell anything wise belonging a subject, at least you have to create confusion. ;-)

I can’t press a clothespin, but I can drive a car.

There are no problems, there are just challenges and a big challenge is a project.

Never say die if something doesn’t work out immediately, don’t take it too serious, it’s all occupational therapy!

In October 2007 I sustained a traffic accident. After eleven months in a hospital I was released, and since then I belong to the

elitist company of the frequent drivers

How is it „going“, click me! (jokes in german)

Type: Quadriplegic (Tetraplegic/”Teddy”) C4-C7 incomplete, some titan plates in the neck and a pump for medicals in my belly. Release September 17th 2008

Into the wild, now the going gets tough!!!

I have got a tremendous technical aids database.

If you have questions concerning technical aids or other topics don’t hesitate to send me an eMail.

To „un-clatter“ wheelchairs is my favourite hobby.

I am technical aids-marred, advice for free!!!

Teddy Regards, Rollinator Contact: *Eigude, hessian dialect for hello; hi, howdy

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LVIII

February 23rd, 2017

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LVII

February 21st, 2017

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(Deutsch) Neuer Rolli wider Willen!

February 16th, 2017

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Simply Great Part VIII

February 14th, 2017


As previously reported, in October a new front door got installed (see older blog.) The new door now has a 3 cm high sill, even though it was known that I am a wheelchair user. I ordered and paid for a power remote control to open the door, but still was not able to make it to the entrance by myself. The floor at the entrance used to be leveled.

OK, this was totally my fault! How could I order an electric door opener without mentioning that I would like to leave the house once in a while, duh ;) Contract properly fulfilled. Set six!

After only seven weeks the electrical door opener eventually started working – just in time for Christmas, yay!

Such quality work I have experienced quite often in recent years. Are there really no more professionals? Have they become an extinct species? I maintain that our former service team still consisted of highly professional people!

Since the manufacturer of the door did not provide anything to overcome the threshold (this would be unthinkable in the USA), I had to order a fitting aluminum plate on the Internet.

My former colleagues immediately agreed to prepare and drill for installation. It looks so simple, but it really isn’t. The difficulty lies in the detail. During the briefing I already felt like being back at work – before the accident in 2007; we certainly spoke the same language.

Within a week they had those plates properly installed – couldn’t go/roll any better!
Never was I put off or did have to call after them – they just did it!

During the installation in record time I almost cried tears for joy! Everybody knew exactly what they were doing and they also brought the right tools along.
Thanks again, you guys are great!

You see, they are still around, those professionals! Only to find them is harder than a scavenger hunt at jungle camp.

Also many thanks to all my neighbors for their approval to allow me to do all these necessary modifications – in particular the installation of the stair lift and the rail at the house in 2008 (see older blog.)

Now I am only waiting, actually since May 2016, for a light to be installed next to the ramp at the front door. Meanwhile I have changed electricians. Maybe the “enlightenment” is going to happen this year 

To read all the articles of the “Just great series” . click here.

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Technical Aids for Quadriplegics Part XIII

January 12th, 2017

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LVI

January 5th, 2017

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks XXV

January 1st, 2017


Wheelchair auxiliary snow chains

A creative Berliner

has mounted tie-wraps to his bicycle tyre so that he can better ride on snow and ice.

Self-made tie-wrap wheelchair snow chains

This probably works with wheelchair tyres as well.

He also rides on Schwalbe Marathon tyres, like most of the wheelers.

Have a look yourself, ingeniously simple and cost-efficient!

Link: Video at Spiegel-Online

Just try it out and write a comment.

In Frankfurt there is no snow anymore, so I can’t test it!

Thanks to Hajo for the info.

However, I wouldn’t ride across the parquet floor any more. :-)

Read this old blogpost and exchange in winter right and left wheelchair tyre if necessary:

Link: Running direction of “Schwalbe” tyres

I assume no liability for this tip!

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January 1st, 2017


It’s all a question of hardware…!!!

Today I was on tour with my Minitrac (see older blogposts) for the first time in the snow.

With its tractor tyres it is a perfect technical aid.

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December 24th, 2016


Wishing you a Merry Christmas

and an accessible year 2017

Teddy Regards Rollinator

Click on the picture for animation!!!

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks XXIII

December 22nd, 2016

Frontpage I have introduced in an older blogpost

remote-controlled electrical sockets

as useful technical aid. I am using these things for years to switch my

Christmas Tree lighting

on and off. Since a couple of weeks my living room lamp gets switched on by a ghostly hand. I think it’s quite funny, a neighbour is probably using the same frequency!

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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LV

December 13th, 2016

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December 9th, 2016


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Technical Aids Tips and Tricks LIX

November 21st, 2016


Empty detergent bottle to be used as “One-Hand Salt Shaker”

The topic of how to get through winter in a Rolli has been on my mind for quite a while (see earlier articles).

In one of these former articles, I advised putting salt in front of your car before the snow arrives, so that the wheelchair would not slip away while getting in and out.

I always salt my wheelchairramp (ski slope) at the front door at the same time.

One can easily imagine how “professional” it looks when a wheelchairdriver balances a bucket full of salt on his knees and tries to spread it on the driveway. This really does not work well!

One thing’s for sure, the seat cushion on the chair as well as other “sensitive parts” will no longer freeze.;-)

After years of research the Rollinator team finally found a solution.

One-Hand Salt Shaker

(special wheelchairdriver)


The One-Hand Salt Shaker stands out with its ergonomic form, which allows the user to aim more accurately when spreading the salt using only one arm.

You can pretty much modify any empty liquid detergent bottle. However, I advise against those XXL-supersize bottles because of the excessive weight. During laboratory trials wheels burst and users got thrown out of their vehicles (just kidding).

To fill the salt shaker, a proven method is simply rolling a newspaper, advertisement, brochure etc. to make a quick funnel. ;-)

To prevent the salt shaker from dropping you could attach a key chain to the handle and hang the bottle around your neck as some sort of a trophy – but don’t get strangled… !!!

The special One-Handed Salt Shaker is also 98.74 % pedestrian and walking frame user friendly.

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Technical Aids Tips und Tricks XLVIII

November 21st, 2016



Most of the wheelchair users know the problem with the swollen feet. During the day they swell and at night they go down again. However, this process of up and down was never a satisfactory one and it eventually ended just last summer when for the first time in my eight and a half years in a wheelchair I couldn’t get my feet in to my shoes anymore at all – although these were already two sizes up.

I have never used anti embolism stockings, because as a Tetra with plenty of discomfort in my feet I couldn’t possibly put them on by myself.


Sport Lange carries compression stockings especially designed for runners.


I have them put on in the morning and wear them if necessary until the next morning. No more swelling of the feet during the day! I cannot remember in the last nine years having had such slim feet. Of course, I don’t want to discourage anyone from wearing their anti embolism stockings but for anyone in the same situation as I, compression stockings are the way to go!

Where to buy:

Online at eBay or Amazon
Sports supply store
or at James & Nicholson for 8.75€

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November 16th, 2016

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