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Old 03-10-2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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My uncle has come time for a wheel chair ramp in his home. I will go tomorrow and measure the height that it needs to be. So if the height is 50 inches the ramp would need to be 50 feet long by code. So lets say I can only make it 30 feet long. What is the formula to figure out the slope. And what is the max slope for someone being pushed in a wheel chair up a ramp. Do you think his son could get him up and down a 4/12 pitch? I am figuring I will need to build a platform with a 90 degree turn to make the slope right. My uncle only lives off of social security so I need to be very budget conscience on this job.

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Old 03-10-2013, 08:55 PM   #3
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Home wheel chair ramps do not need to be ADA compliant----Sorry I don't have a reasonable slope answer for you-----
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I have read 3/12 on homes. I guess 14.5 degrees. I am headed there tomorrow I can post a picture and see what I can come up with. I just remember not much room from the house to the drive. Probably looking at something like this. http://mansfield.craigslist.org/mat/3620178018.html Just a reference not going to buy this ramp.

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4/12 is out of the question. That is far to steep to be even reasonably safe.

Even 2/12 is steep for a frail person in a manual chair, and very difficult to get all the way up a long ramp without a level place to rest. With a power chair, or a helper it's not so bad as long as the surface is dry. Throw in some winter weather and it's treacherous even for an able bodied person to walk on, let alone control a wheelchair down the slick ramp. Unless you have a lot of space to work with, you need short sets of switchbacks with level turning platforms, even those take a lot of room.

I would be looking for an electric operated porch lift. That is the best solution for a rise that tall. They are fine installed under a carport, porch or even right outside. I was able to find an almost new 72" lift on ebay for just over a $1200, retail was over $8000! My son has been in a chair for 10 years and will never get out of it, but even if it is a temporary solution they are pretty easy to sell when you are done with it. As long as you don't buy new you can likely recoup the total investment at a later time.
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If you've got a 30' run for a 50" rise, you'll have roughly a 2/12 slope on the ramp. It's not ADA code, but should work okay - assuming somebody is pushing the wheelchair.
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Bottom line is... the least amount of slope possible that you have the room for.

As far as ADA guidelines, 1:20 is preferred 1:12 is maximum with a 5' rest landing for every 30' of run.
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Well, comes as no surprise but you guys have given me the best advise I could of asked for. I found an electric lift for 1500 dollars on ebay. My uncle is 83 years old so I hope this thing will hold up for another 20 years. I should be able to get my money back when he no longer needs it. That beats all the wood I could never reuse, and the work I missed while doing this job.
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