OK this is not really woodworking, but I just wanted to show a few of the many reasons I don't seem to get as much time in the Dungeon as I would like. Seems there is always something to do with the two buildings the bank and us own, not to mention the Aparto
In the building that the liquor shop is and the Monster-In-Law lives, we rent out six apartments to the city, who provides them as low cost living for people who fall into that category. We get a steady rent from a regular customer (the city) and we never have to look for a new tenant, but, there are some other problems we have to deal with. One is that many of the older tenants who live in the small apartments (three each small one person apartments and three two bedroom apartments) generally are there until they pass or are moved to a care home. Neither is something that is very much fun. We have a fellow living in one apartment now for about 10 years, he is 83 years old, and is having a hard time taking care of himself. He has one very bad leg, and one not so good leg. He walks with a cane and stuggles to do so. The entrance to the building has auto doors and has wide doors to deal with a wheel chair, and ramps where needed as well, but, they do not have any hand holds that someone with bad legs would use.
The key panel to let yourself into the building
The auto door at the entrance that is activated by the key panel
Beside the auto door next to the mail box
Nothing to hang onto there at all.
On Friday morning when the Monster-In-Law came down to open the shop around 9:30AM she found the 83 year old tenant on the ground, he had come down to get his morning paper and had lost his balance hand fell. He could not stand up by himself. He is very lucky that he did not hurt himself, that is all hard floor to fall on. The Monster-In-Law tried to pick him up, which only resulted in hurting her back. We got a phone call and I hustled across the street to help out. No joke the old guy was rather heavy, I guess he put on weight. When I got him back on his feet I watched as he struggled to grab anything to help his balance, but there are no hand holds. We got him back to his apartment, he said he was fine, but we called the city to make sure they send a "Helper" out to check on him (I think his dignity was bruised a little). He is a nice guy, no family and has not worked at all for many years, totally dependent on the city.
My wife and I got talking and I said that we should put some hand holds for him on the walls, it would not be a big deal, nor would it be expensive. My lovely wife called the city to talk about this. The very first thing they said was "The city will not pay for this" we told them that the tenant really needed these hand holds. The sucked their teeth three time and said they would get back to us. Later in the day someone else called my wife, the long and the short of it was that they would NOT pay for anything, and if we wanted to install said hand holds out of the goodness of our hearts, they would allow it, only if they were installed by an approved contractor and were official certified hand holds. Well, what does that entail? They sent a fax and the hand holds were about $300 each and the installation was another $100 a piece....... Nice work if you can get it....
We told them that we would install them ourselves, they replied that this was not allowed. Well that just stuck in my wife's craw. Here we were willing to do something to help the tenant that they would not do, and they insisted that we had to follow their official rules.
To make a long story short, I ordered four hand rail things, they cost, including shipping $30 for all four, and I installed them in about an hour for free!!
Hand holds by the key panel
Hand holds by the auto door
Hand hold by the elevator.
I figured out the height to put them by figuring out about where the average older Japanese person would put their hand, I used that as the center point of the hand hold. They are installed using steel screws into the soft lead-like anchors in holes drilled into the walls, or using sheet metal screws for the one by the auto door.
I ordered the stuff on Friday night, the free market made it possible for them to be delivered on Saturday, I spent an hour on Sunday morning installing them.
Today, Monday, a city person came by, they were not pleased, "These are not approved hand holds and who installed them..?" they asked. I put the best shocked look I could on my face and said "These are not hand holds, they are there to protect the key panel from someone banging into it same with the one by the elevator". The city worker then asked about the fourth one by the auto door, I said "That one is just a decoration, I like the look of it".
I very much hope that is the end of the story, we shall see.....
Oh yeah, the Monster-In-Law was not pleased with us spending the $30 on the hand holds....er... protectors.....
Welcome to my world of stuff that keeps me out of the Dungeon.....