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Old 05-31-2017, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default Health and Safety while working on my A

I am having troubles with flexibility and muscle loss as well as the trouble with bruising associated with blood thinners. If I work under my car then am seen in public someone wants to call the police and have my friends and family investigated for elder abuse. If I slide on the garage floor my skin rolls off and I leave what would appear to outsiders to be a violent crime scene. The answer was to go to HF and buy a creeper to lie on while under the car. So here's my problem, how do you folks get on and off your creeper without it scooting off to the corner of the shop leaving you hanging from a bumper or running board? Even getting onto it seems challenging, I never mastered the skateboard and feel like this is its first cousin for old folks. Any tips appreciated. I'm thinking of some ropes from the ceiling here and there about the shop. What is your safety secret?
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Old 06-01-2017, 12:12 AM   #2
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I can't use my creeper any more, as its getting higher and higher off the ground as I get older.
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Sometimes I'll just roll off the side of it.
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Old 06-01-2017, 12:57 AM   #4
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I did a polished epoxy floor. No creeper required. Just put on a t-shirt and slide around flat on your back! You can even work in bare feet on the shop floor. However, if it gets wet and you are in bare feet, it is similar to ice skating, so sneakers are considered safety equipment.
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:04 AM   #5
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Davey, have you seen the "Magic Creeper". https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Creeper...ds=creeper+mat

No wheels. Sounds strange but actually does work pretty good and it is hard to hurt yourself with. Only con I have is as long as you travel in a straight line it is OK. Once you try to maneuver to a new position it bunches up a little.

Well two cons, it is on the expensive side also.

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Old 06-01-2017, 01:31 AM   #6
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I often use a large piece of cardboard.
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:32 AM   #7
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I just use a large piece of cardboard cut from a big box. Put several together if need be.
Throw them away when they get oil on them.
Some boxes have a shiny surface, might be better.

PS. Hmmm, looks like great minds think alike ...
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Old 06-01-2017, 03:45 AM   #8
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Buy a hoist or dig a pit.
I have the latter.
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Old 06-01-2017, 04:35 AM   #9
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I use free carpet in my garage, so no creeper needed, but when outside on the concrete I'll use cardboard or my 6 wheel creeper. Rolling on or off the side of the creeper does seem to work best.
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Old 06-01-2017, 05:15 AM   #10
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One advantage of a creeper is that you'll find that washer you dropped six months ago, and searched for a few hours and then gave up, as it jams one of the wheels the first time you roll under the car.
To get on one, I usually put one corner between my heels and sort of squat then fall and roll back into position. Getting off is a roll to the side and then get up of the floor in a semi dignified manner.
I now use an old piece of carpet, rolled up and tucked away on a shelf when I don't need it. As others have mentioned, cardboard works well to.
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I usually grab a wheel or fender and raise up using my arms.
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I roll off to one side then use my arms to get up like doing a pushup. Not easy over 80, always good to grab a bumper to help.
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I am with Barry as to the procedure.
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Buy a hoist or dig a pit.
I have the latter.
I don't think you can legally have a pit is SoCal anymore. Something to do with CalOHSA and heavier than air noxious fumes killing people...
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Buy a hoist or dig a pit.
I have the latter.
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They really are worth the money.
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Talk about undignified I had my wife help me untangle my long hair that was wrapped around one of the wheels on my creeper.
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Old 06-01-2017, 10:42 AM   #17
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I roll to the side onto a pad, then from my knees I grab a bumper or fender and pull/push myself up. I'm pretty good at it, it usually takes not much more than 5 minutes!!!
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I wonder if the kids over at the Honda tuner forum are having the same discussion?


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I am with Barry as to the procedure.
I agree with Barry too! I use a similar procedure. And you don't have to be 80. Good practice at 66!
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Old 06-01-2017, 12:52 PM   #20
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James tied me a knotted rope at my back door & one on each side of Vermin!
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