business development: informed care choices for elderly

For the past few years, I have been working in healthcare, both in the in-patient and emergency settings, acting in a role which has allowed me a bird’s-eye view of the system as a whole. There are a myriad of issues that need to be addressed in healthcare, but if we begin with those that are most accessible to reform, we could make the greatest impact with the least amount of effort.

One such problem is the placement decision for elderly or disabled patients. There are a number of factors that come into play in such a decision of course, and they’re all well-intentioned, but there seems to be room for improvement in this system:

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If we were to allow patients and their families to make more-informed decisions, we may end up with better patient care.

Fixing run-out on a metal spindle

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I am in the process of restoring a turn-of-the-century hand crank bench grinder that I found at Charlie’s Second Hand Tools. It was relatively functional when I found it, but the spindle was wobbling slightly.

After using the tool for a while, I began to realize that the wobble was an issue and decided to attempt to fix it. There are several approaches to this issue that I’m exploring, both conventional and unconventional. Traditionally, this has been corrected on a lathe with a dial indicator. I don’t have a dial indicator or a lathe. To hire a machinist to repair the spindle would be prohibitively expensive as well. I didn’t pay more than $40 for the tool and they’re worth < $100 restored. I would hate for this retro gem to be “totaled” so I began exploring other options.

Essentially a dial indicator is simply a rotary ruler. They cost between $15 and $100. I could purchase one of these, but then there’s still the matter of mounting it in such a way as to give a reliable reading.

At this point, my best idea is to mount it in the original device and apply heat to correct the bend. If the indicator is reading above baseline, apply heat to the measured side; if it’s measuring below baseline, apply heat to the opposite side. The heat will expand the steel unequally, correcting the run-out.

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I had been looking for a tool that would display hex color values as the color they represent. I found several, but the pages were all covered in ads and generally obnoxious. To address the problem, I created my own here. I hope that you find it useful!