last night i was asked to modify a child' pedal go cart and i refused

  1. ivor davies Member

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    a neighbour has bought a second hand pedal go cart for her 9 year old son and last night she asked me would I drill some holes so the seat would move further back as her son was struggling to use it , I told her that it was not a good idea because it could make it unstable as the front could rise up , I then told her that I would not do it... I said to her that he is too big to use it and her reply was that she was trying to get him from using his tablet all the time!!
     
  2. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

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    I think you did right, shame though, he might have learned something useful like what the centre of gravity is, what waiting times in A&E mean and how much it costs to sue a neighbour for doing a favour.
     
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  3. winchman Member

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    Why not invite the Child and parent around and make a traditional wooden kart?
     
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  4. Tiggy_dorset

    Tiggy_dorset It looks just like a bought one!

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    Get the lad round, let him do the work, you just show him how to use the tools. Best way fo him to learn :)

    (myself and winchman obviously typing the same time. Great minds and all that)
     
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  5. TechnicAl

    TechnicAl Member

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    Never seen a Tablet with wheels ..................sorry
     
  6. cumbriasteve

    cumbriasteve Moderator Staff Member

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    It'll be one of those I Peddles.
     
  7. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    If you go too fast on it, you'll get stopped by the IPlod
     
  8. optima21 Member

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    you've highlighted the problem with him being too tall to use it, so you should have told her that the engineered solution would be to shorten her sons legs.....thats the issue, there is nothing wrong with the cart. :whistle::whistle:
     
  9. Migmac

    Migmac Member

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    Could put a wheelie bar on it
     
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  10. Richard.

    Richard. Member

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    It’s a pedal powered. Not gsxr powered.
    It’s not going be doing any land speed records. Do the modification and perhaps modify it to be more stable while your on. If it tips over he carry’s it home. I dont see any issues to get worried about.
     
  11. armalites Member

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    He's actually 23, kids can't do anything themselves these days :clapping:

    My kids would have just drilled their own holes
     
  12. roofman

    roofman Charles Darwin fan and forum supporter

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    :laughing::laughing:
     
  13. Pete.

    Pete. Member

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    Poor woman's struggling to come up with a good idea to stop her son becoming a techno-veg and all she's got is people telling her how dangerous it might be.

    Just drill the damn holes for her.
     
  14. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    im surprised anything gets done by anyone by some of the posts on here :rolleyes::laughing::vsad:
     
  15. Welderpaul

    Welderpaul Moderator Staff Member

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    I made up a go cart for a little lad who lives near our place. He was made up. One of the welders sprayed it for him last week.
    Sod the claim culture, smile on his face was priceless
     
  16. Tangledfeet

    Tangledfeet Member

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    Superb idea @Migmac - and, as @Tiggy_dorset suggests, get him involved in the work! I salute the Mother, too for making the effort.

    Kids physiology is changing as they aren't playing with traditional toys, running around woods making death slides and dens, looking for nudie mags, etc., like we all did back in the day and whilst they may have good hand to eye coordination when it comes to tablets and games controllers - they have poor dexterity and aren't as able as we are when it comes to holding and using pens, pencils and even crayons. Anyway, teacher rant over...
     
  17. armalites Member

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    She want's him out of the house for when "Uncle John" comes round :scared:
     
  18. brightspark

    brightspark Member

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    we used to make wooden bogeys up with a couple of pair of pram wheels held on with bent nails and a nut and bolt on the front holding the front steering axle
    we used to call them dutch uncle dunno why dutch ??:laughing:
     
  19. Kent

    Kent Member

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    Hey kids are far younger than thier years now .

    Actually I feel for the kid if he is big for his nine years. I was very tall and well built young and it creates far more issue than being small I can attest to that
     
  20. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

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    We called them "Trolleys". Great fun, especially whe you lived on a hill,
     
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