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Old 10-22-2022, 02:31 PM   #1
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Does anyone have ideas or photos on how they keep the foot of the bed propped up while they are working on some of the wiring or other problems that are stashed below the bed? I need to check out the air mattress pump and need an idea on how to secure the foot of the bed up while doing the work
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When I installed a 14" foam queen mattress , I picked up two adjustable supports for safety , the gas struts are over their weight limit .

Hardware store ( maybe even Harbor Freight )
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I understand that, the problem is with tile floors and the angle the wood is on the plywood bed frame the wood will slide off easily, I was wondering if anyone designed some sort of stop or catch to keep the wood in place on the bottom plywood where the bed sits so the top of the board will stay in place, If the top is "locked" in place I can place the bottom of the wood against the box frame of the bed
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I will look and see what Harbor freight has to offer
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I use a piece of PVC cut to length and this closet piece that is screwed to the bottom of the bed. I place the PVC over the closet piece so that it doesn't slip. If I remember right, I used 2 inch pvc. total cost was about $10.

I got the closet piece at home depot. You should cut the PVC so that when it is in use, it will be roughly at 90 degrees, it will hold better that way.

If you do an online search, there are aftermarket struts that can hold impressive weights, pricey though.

My bed is pretty heavy because of heavy mattress topers.
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Old 10-22-2022, 06:08 PM   #7
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Does anyone have ideas or photos on how they keep the foot of the bed propped up while they are working on some of the wiring or other problems that are stashed below the bed? I need to check out the air mattress pump and need an idea on how to secure the foot of the bed up while doing the work
sure. we installed (had installed) a pair of gas pistons, one on each side of the bed and then a swimg down bar between the two pistons that acts as a safety.



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There are several good ideas here, but I'll add one more. After several tries, I learned how easy it is to do some damage when not bracing in solid place.

I used a simple 2x4 with a V cut in one end. The V is placed on the teflon(nylon?) slide pad, and the other end on the metal frame above it. The goal is for the upper end to be flat on the metal frame rail. A second 2x4 that goes to the floor from the corner for safety.
That's it. Wood cost was free from the Lowes scrap bin.
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Does anyone have ideas or photos on how they keep the foot of the bed propped up while they are working on some of the wiring or other problems that are stashed below the bed? I need to check out the air mattress pump and need an idea on how to secure the foot of the bed up while doing the work
Remover the mattress by first removing the air hoses from the mattress bottom at the head of the mattress. The mattress sight has details. There are a series of screws holding down the panel at the foot of the headboard. You may have to remove the headboard unless you remove all the piano hinge screws. This should give you access to the pump.

A new mattress that doesn't require air might be a better way to go. I was so happy when we got rid of ours.
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We ordered two gas struts similar to the basement door struts, except we ordered ones with a stronger pressure, enough to hold the bed up when opened, and just enough to have to push the bed down. I attached a strut on each side of the bed. I made a metal plate to provide support on the inside of the bed "frame"; it has holes that match the ball support on the bottom piston of the strut. I think previous owner monted the original struts at an incorrect angle and the result was they blew out the holes through the frame so the struts just dangled. I drilled new holes so the struts would not prematurely bottom out, and then sandwiched the bed wall with the metal plate and the strut ball, holding it all in place with bolts, washers, and nylon locking nuts. This has also pleased DW because she can now lift the bed by herself and knows it will stay in place until she pushes it back down.
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Cane

I use a metal walking cane that I used in the past. It is adjustable and works great!
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My son pays a lot of hockey and he gave me a couple of old sticks. I used the shaft of a cut off composite hockey stick. I used a smaller one to hold open the emergency window in the bedroom, if ever needed. That window was so small I don't know if more than one person could get out in time.
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A new mattress that doesn't require air might be a better way to go. I was so happy when we got rid of ours.

Except, memory foam mattresses are HEAVY. I like our sleep number mattress. Makes it easy to lift the bed.
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Except, memory foam mattresses are HEAVY. I like our sleep number mattress. Makes it easy to lift the bed.
I had the sleep numbers in my '05 Vectra. It wasn't bad. The Winnebago air bed that came with the Maridian was not worth keeping. I hope you get your problem solved soon.
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