How to Build Your Own PVC Walker

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Introduction: How to Build Your Own PVC Walker

Learn how to make your own walker from PVC pipe and other parts available at any hardware store.

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    Battman4312
    Battman4312

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I saw your right up. Just wanted to say this was an awesome project and pretty inspiring.

    Three cheers for the awesome mom.

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    Forensic-Man
    Forensic-Man

    10 years ago on Introduction

    What a terrific project!! Good for you and it is pure genius that you used the PVC parts and elbows to make custom handles and a scalable walker. It seems very strong and capable of all sorts of environments and terrains. It gives him custom mobility as he grows.
    John should be so proud of his mom!
    The end of the video with the "....shake it all about..." was all so very cute and heart warming!!

    Well made video and thanks for the great music too!!
    Jennifer is the very best!!

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    gluckc
    gluckc

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks much. that music is from a band we play with but the main singer is cindi slaughter http://www.cindislaughter.com/home.html she just released a new CD.
    (trying to promote my friends)

    This is the 4th walker Jenn built. Each one gets minor improvements. but we use it everywhere and its so nice to 'throw' in the car.

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    Donna8737
    Donna8737

    Question 5 months ago on Introduction

    Just wanted you to know that your video is still helping people. I will be taking your idea to Africa soon to help those little kiddos. Thank you for the new found freedom hopefully for many!!

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    gluckc
    gluckc

    Answer 5 months ago

    I'm so happy to hear this. People have written me that it's been used in Argentina, Laos, and the Philippines - as well as across the US. My husband grew up in Cameroon. If you get a chance when you get back, I'd love to see a picture and I'd post it on my jenmadeit.com site.

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    Ladyseakayaker
    Ladyseakayaker

    11 months ago on Introduction

    This looks great, mom!! You did a GREAT JOB!!! Before my disability, I made a PVC standing rack for my 17' sea kayak. At that time, the glue had a horrendous smell. Since you had Owen put the glue on, I'm guessing it has gotten less toxic? Also, you might want to tell people that by "slip", I'm assuming the connectors have that little ridge inside, like a "stop" to insert the pipe so it doesn't go in too far, right?
    I am planning on making a PVC dolly with enlarged beach wheels for my rollator to sit on, so I can go through soft sand at the beach. I took it to the manufacturer of running chairs to push a grown disabled member in marathons etc(Hoyt Running Chairs) to see if there was a way to remove the traditional wheels and put on beach wheels. No go, couldn't do. . SO I am left trying to make this dolly for the rollator to sit on top of. A PVC beach walker would be fine but they don't include seats, which is why the rollator is important to use. I will try and post at least a photo if I am successful. I hope I am since I'm joining my siblings at the Jersey shore in 2 weeks!!

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    KatrinaStead
    KatrinaStead

    Question 2 years ago

    I couldn’t seem to find the instruction how to make it. Sorry it’s my first time here

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    AdrienneH15
    AdrienneH15

    2 years ago on Introduction

    It's not showing me a video or how-to? Please help! I'm very interested in assembling one for my daughter with Spina Bifida. Please and thank you!

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    gluckc
    gluckc

    Answer 2 years ago

    PDF? There's no PDF in this project. Were you trying to comment on a different project - like maybe the zipper pants?

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    Sire Gadget - kenD
    Sire Gadget - kenD

    6 years ago

    I need help in redesign the adult walker , with 2 no air wheels in front - post goes down to step in between the steering and the seat post , then 2 no air wheels in back with breaks , the wheels are shoulder apart - from front to back is a long as a pillowcase ---PLEASE call ...siregadget - ken D. 619-546-0409 - I need 1 for myself then other adults will want 1 ..... wheeee... lots of $$for who helps me

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    AngieK15
    AngieK15

    6 years ago

    I am a pediatric physical therapist! This is AWESOME! I have a family who is moving to Hawaii with the military. Their son needs a beach posterior walker that he can take in the shallow water and on the beach without fear of it rusting! Of course since he already has one walker, insurance will not cover a beach walker (nor to they really exist!) Does this style of wheel work well on the beach? They seem narrow and I just wonder if a wider wheel would be better.

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    gluckc
    gluckc

    Reply 6 years ago

    I originally tried to build it for the beach, but found that it had more (and better) uses than just for the beach. It didn't do that great in the sand. It was ok on hard packed sand - but mostly I think we used it for support while standing with the water lapping up to the ankles. For that it worked really well. I remember another problem is that I put holes in the wheels so it wouldn't float, but then the sand built up in the wheels. So, yes, different wheels might work better. It may depend on the disability, though. For our son with muscular dystrophy, these wheels were very lightweight and he could still manipulate the walker -- heavier wheels did not work for us, but they might for you. If interested check out jenmadeit.com. That's where I've posted other ideas I've had, plus walkers that either I've made, or others have made based...

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    inedesca
    inedesca

    6 years ago

    Glueing PVC pipes.

    I found it is difficult to glue with pvc glue since it dries really fast and may not give you time to align it carefuly, so I use cyano instead, I dry fix everything and the glue the joints wigh cyano, It Works perdect

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    inedesca
    inedesca

    6 years ago

    Glueing PVC pipes.

    I found it is difficult to glue with pvc glue since it dries really fast and may not give you time to align it carefuly, so I use cyano instead, I dry fix everything and the glue the joints wigh cyano, It Works perdect

    I'm going to have to try this once my son outgrows his current walker. We had a lot of trouble convincing our insurance company to pay for it even though his doctors and therapists all agreed he needed it. It'll only grow with him for maybe another two years, at which point we can either fight insurance again or follow this instructible and make one. Thanks for posting this!

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    spark master
    spark master

    10 years ago on Introduction

    cool project, for the beech use the wheels off a kids riding car . The electric motor kind, when the batts die or the plastic sun fades people chuck'm at the dump, or in regular trash. Just ask around fer them.. the wheels are huge and will do well on sand (displacement of pressure over sand is greater then the wheels you used). if you glue a strip of inner tube rubber on each wheel they will work nicely on concrete.

    You can put sleeves of brass tubing into the holes the axles (wheel bolts ) go into.

    This results in nicer rolling no mangling of the plastic pipe. You can either ream the tubes at both open end so they can't fall out or use doubled nuts, (counter twisted to each other) on the "axle" (both sides) so it can never move. This is known as "bitch bolting". I do apologize for that term, it is the only term I know for it. I was taught it by an olden wizzen Machinist in Brooklyn, who I never ever heard curse(even when wacking a thumb).

    Or you can epoxy in place. benefit to this is you can bitch bolt the wheel to the bolt then place through the tube using washers allowing for nylon washers and also bitch bolted in place. so then the the wheel experience no mangle the walker assemble also is mangle free.


    If you have access to lotsa bike parts (old rims with axles) you can do much much better then that.

    There are very expensive wheels that you can buy that are soft rubber huge and even better, but this project will be such a cool thing to build and maybe (unfortunately) pass on to another.

    And I almost fergit, you can buy fixture parts that are threaded tubes, and then one nut each side will lock the tube in place (all bitching aside? ok ok that was silly)

    hope the ideas prove helpful, great project

    here is a site that shows the cars I speak of http://www.kidswheels.com/

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    valkgurl
    valkgurl

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great idea---I am not at all familiar with your sons condition but I am a 1 and a 1/2 amputee---left lower leg and half of right foot---with as you can imagine balance issues. I noticed that you said he "Likes the back piece to bump him". I might be able to say that for me the feeling that there is ANYTHING at all back there---a wall, a seat. even something I KNOW is flimsy--is for some reason "comforting". Just being able to touch something or know that it is there is somehow conducive to being able to move more freely.

    I am looking to refine a design I came up with when my leg was first amp'ed.. They send you home with NOTHING and expect you to climb stairs etc. We took the bottom part off a quad cane and added a padded "seat" to the top (Clamped on to the area you would adjust) and this worked to allow me to go up and down stairs---with help! Now working on a further refinement for out of house use in a SMALL pull behind trailer for travel night use when I have my leg off. Think I will look into the PVC ideas and wheels you have used!

    Hope the little guy is doing well!