machine at night, with a stand to elevate the hose, to keep it from getting crushed or tangled. The stand he uses works well—it greatly improves his sleep—but each stand fails at one soldered joint after about a month of use, so he just buys another one each time. We're tired of paying $20 a month for what should be a one time (or at least rare) purchase. Can you help us find a way to reinforce the stand, or a sturdier stand that we'll only need to buy once?
My partner uses this stand made by North American Healthcare
Here is a photo of the joint that fails
, with an illustration of a head on view of the joint. The point of failure is the connection between the upright (single straight metal tube) and the base (∈-shaped portion).
The stand is designed to slip between mattress and box spring, but we don't have a box spring, we have a metal base. The stand will not stay up if it is slid between the mattress and the metal base, since the base is not a solid surface, but instead consists of metal bars with space in between. So, we lash the base of the stand to the metal bars, as you can see in this photograph
, and then slide the mattress back over. I try to do it so that the weak joint is out away from the mattress a little bit, so the mattress isn't constantly pressing on it. But still, like clockwork, after about a month, the joint will fail again, and we'll have to buy a new one.
Can I reinforce this joint somehow? I'm in an apartment in Brooklyn, and don't have many tools.
Or, do you know of any sturdier CPAP stands available for purchase?