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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