Lawn Mower Lumbar Support

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Introduction: Lawn Mower Lumbar Support

About: Retired Firefighter 1966 to 1986; Retired Wheat Farmer 1987 to 2003. Drapery Sales 1969 to 1987. 17 year Quintuple Heart Bypass Surgery Survivor; 14 year Melanoma Cancer Survivor. 81 years young.

I spend a lot of time mowing my 15 acres of grass. My mower's hour meter says 1115 hours. I have used it for 12 years, so that's about 24 hours a month. I wanted to have a back support to relieve pressure on my belt line.

Step 1: Bought This........

I bought this one online & it is really nice, but when I put it on my mower's seat, it pushed me too far forward. It made me set on the edge of the seat. I set it aside and started the old brain working for another solution. This is what I came up with.

Step 2: Material & Tools

After trying various thicknesses & densities of foam, I came up with the idea of using 1/2 of a "noodle" pool toy. The piece I had was 2.5" in diameter. I used a box cutter to sculpt the foam material.

Step 3: Cutting the Noodle to Fit the Seat

You are never too old to learn, and I learned several things in this step. I already knew to cut away from myself, so I didn't cut off any fingers. I cut the first piece too short to lay back into the curve of the seat back so I had to cut another piece. The length I came up with was 21 inches, but that would vary according to your seat's width. I left the ends of noodle uncut (still a circle) and angled them to fit against arm rests.

Step 4: Tying It Into Seat

I looped a piece of cord around each end rather than running one continuous piece through it.

Step 5: The Finished Product

Since I made the noodle a little longer than the distance between arm rests, it lays back against the seat nicely. It seems to work good, but after I mow the grass once, I will know for sure.

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    This foam material proved to be too firm to use for back support. Any foam needs to be very soft since there is only a very few pounds of pressure being applied to it. I made a rectangular foam pad and covered it with an old bath towel. It feels good on my back and is a good solution for the problem.