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Moving Through Home in a Wheelchair

Are there easy, inexpensive solutions to carpet and furniture obstacles?

Q. My husband has started using a wheelchair in the house but has trouble maneuvering over carpeting and around furniture. Any easy, low-cost suggestions for fixing this?

A. You can make high-pile carpet easier to navigate by using duct tape to piece together several of those thick plastic chair mats you see sold at office supply stores. Or purchase a heavy-duty plastic runner at the home improvement center. To prevent bumping into furniture, screw heavy-duty wheels onto the bottoms of the legs of tables and chairs so they can be rolled out of the way to create a clear path.

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Sid Kirchheimer writes about scams and consumer issues.

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