Thursday, May 31, 2012

Preventing Bad Posture

I’m not a giant but being 6’ tall I think I’m at the outer edge of ergonomic considerations for most manufacturers. I found that working for long periods at my computer was giving me some neck strain, primarily because the bottom edge of my monitor was only about 3” above the surface of my desk causing me to look down at the center of the screen. So I bought a new stand for my main monitor from Monoprice. It’s adjustable and while it was a bit difficult to get it set up correctly, raises my monitor up so that it’s now about 9” above the desk top.
That left my 2nd monitor to the right of my main one. I bought this from Monoprice as well:
It showed promise but my desk edge didn’t have enough relief for the clamp nor was the desk edge close enough to center for the monitor edges to connect. So what to do?
I disassembled it…
And cut off the clamping bracket.
Mounted it in the lathe and turned the end to a round flange.
That’s my new import steady rest for the South Bend 10K. I bid on a bunch of used SB parts but the prices are crazy so I went with this one. It works fine.
Drilling some mounting holes in the flange.
Wow, what an exciting life I lead.
I screwed it to a piece of aluminum and temporarily clamped it to the desk.
It reaches and lines up but notice the angle! The cheap mount does not have a tilt function so I had to do my best to level it up.
Turns out the edge of the desk has an odd dip in it. Not sure why. the center of the desk is level.
So I put a shim underneath it.
Lines up perfectly. Or almost so. Now I can wreck a new set of muscles instead of my neck. I’m noticing that I am sitting up straighter and no longer developing a permanent hunch. This picture was taken a week later and I‘ve accepted that the c-clamps are a permanent mount rather than temporary.
If you don't use dual monitors I encourage you to do so. I find I'm much more productive and it allows me to watch Hulu while working on the book keeping.
Felice stands at her desk while she works on jewelry. I need to completely redesign her workstation at some point.
I think Henry sits too close to his monitor but the height is ok. His Dell monitor has an excellent mount.
Max could probably use an inch or two of height on his Samsung monitor, will have to do something about that.

1 comment:

Lance Vartanian said...

Yeah, I think that tall and small people don’t benefit much from the ergonomic considerations of some manufacturers. I commend you, though, for your attempt to improve your monitor and desk setup. :) Since you are tall, you are more likely to develop a bad posture. But apart from the monitor stand, I think you should also improvise some kind of a keyboard drawer. It would allow you to move the keyboard to the most comfortable position. You can also rest your wrist on it.