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Old 08-02-10, 06:39 PM
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Wheelchair Ramp

Hey Everyone,

My Father-in-Law is in need of a wheelchair ramp.

I'm just not sure of how to get started on it. My questions are, How do I start the frame or foundation?
I want to make it out of wood. It's not permanent either.
I've been trying to find plans but haven't had a whole lot of luck.
Would putting stone down to level the ground be ok or do I need to put footers?
Could I set it on blocks?
How should I brace the frame,etc.

I feel comfortable constructing it just not sure how to
plan it or get started on the foundation.

It would be about 2 ft high to the porch.

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Kerch
 
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Check with your local building dept. first. Basically, the slope of an approved ramp is 1" of rise per foot of run. If you have to rise 24", you'll need 24' of run to get it done. You'll very likely have to put a switchback (a landing midway) in it to accomplish that. There are minimun widths involved as well as minimum landing sizes, and there will be a railing.

"Temporary" means wood, not concrete, so you'll probably be decking it with plywood to have it as smooth as possible.
 
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Old 08-03-10, 07:01 AM
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the home depot book outdoor projects has prety good plans for one

Amazon.com: The Home Depot Outdoor Projects 1-2-3 (Home Depot ... 1-2-3) (9780696206733): Home Depot, Ben Allen: Books

heres another good source

WheelchairRamp.org

ADA guidlines

http://www.a1-wheelchair-ramps.com/i...air-ramps-html

you can browse here

building a wheelchair ramp - Google Search
 

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Thanks everyone!

Yeah, temporary does mean wood. Planning on using plywood with non-skid tape on the ramp itself.

Kerch
 
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rather than non skid tape I would look at marine non skid additives for paint . its basically a fine sand you mix with the paint , I would be concerned about the tape peeling off in the weather and the non skid additive would probably be cheaper
 
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A couple of yrs ago I built a wheelchair ramp for someone at church. Because of space constrictions, I had to put in a switchback with one ramp a little steeper than it should have been [1.5" rise, maybe a tad steeper]

I used the non skid tape [added extra adhesive] and as far as I know the ramp has worked well for them.... they've bragged on it and never complained any... but I did do the work for free - they just paid the material bill.

I've never used any of the marine type non skid additive but have used the kind they used to sell [maybe still do] at the paint store. The problem with it is it tends to wear off where it gets the most use.
 
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