Accessible Shelves For Freezer
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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity weakness to access the shelves of an upright freezer. The freezer enabled the user to shop for food less frequently by storing large amounts; however, the user was unable to lift items from the back of fixed shelves or reach the back of the higher ones, limiting his ability to utilize the freezer capacity. The need was for shelves that slide out individually on rollers. Replacement shelves were created by heating and bending Lexan to form the base, back, sides, and a small front lip for the shelves. The back and sides were held together with rivets. The shelves were fitted with steel rails that roll on standard teflon-coated drawer runners mounted inside the freezer. The shelves were reinforced with strips of aluminum angle pop-riveted to the underside to prevent bowing under the weight of stored frozen food which would create the danger of the shelves coming off the runners. Washers on the mountings accounted for shrinkage due to freezing. The shelves were frozen prior to being placed on the runners for proper fitting. TITLE: Freezer Shelves. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol 23 no 1, Autumn 2003: p.15-16. PAGES (including cover): 3 2003.