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Question by  Naveen (34)

How do you install a wood wheelchair ramp?

I'd like something that doesn't require major modifications to the structure of the house.


Answer by  linsm (898)

Before considering installing a wood wheelchair ramp, you should contact the American Disabilities Association, for ADA guidelines. In fact, the ADA tells you how to measure and construct a ramp. Before you begin the actual project, you certainly need to check with your local authorities regarding local building codes. The ADA requirements and building codes often clash.


Answer by  lgk (2426)

The easiest way would be to get some real sturdy 2x4's and plywood. You can build a frame that is at a safe angle, and wide enough to accommodate the chair, then measure and cut the plywood to fit over top. Place the frame where needed, and attach plywood.


Answer by  diva25 (4016)

I had a friend who had a disabled mom and all the did was stack up concrete slabs and use a few layers of wooden boards. It worked well and was cheap.


Answer by  KymBerly (447)

You will only need to change the structure of the porch not the house. You can Google plans from all over the internet for this, or call your planning commission.


Answer by  Chiyamaka (846)

You have no choice when installing a ramp, major modifications will be needed. You need to connect the ramp to the part of the house under the doorway which will require a lot of nails, this ramp will most likely be permanent and will remain there for a long time.

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