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I could probably do this on my own but it i am in a time crunch.

Pops get out of the hospital on Dec 30 and will be in a wheelchair. Does anyone know anyone in Charles County who could make a graded ramp with a railing? It would have to be somewhat removable.

got about 7 or 8 steps going up 4 feet or so in the front of the house.

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John
 

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handicap ramp

i just built a ramp for my neighbor who had a stroke and was amazed at how much slope you need to build for a relatively low porch entrance.

code wise--and in actuality-you want to have 1 foot of run for every inch rise you need to climb. so your 48 inch porch needs 48 feet of run to make it handicap accesible. on top of that you need to provide at least 2 "rest stops" for that long of a run.

all told i had over $2000 worth of material alone tied up in this ramp

hope that helps
 

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I don't know if this will work in your case, but here's what we use to get a wheel chair fisherman in and out of a boat, and up and down the steps to my house. It's a aluminum folding ramp that's used to put a 4 wheeler in the back of a pick up truck. On the steps to the house, the ramp is placed up and leaning on the steps. He pulls his wheel chair up onto the ramp, then locks up the brakes. 2 of us then pick up the back of the ramp with him and his chair on it, we lift up maybe waist high, and then he wheels on into the house, almost on a level ramp. Any 4 wheeler shop or good truck shop has these ramps, 6 or 8 feet long. Maybe it would work in your case too. T.
 

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Thanks boys. Not enought hands for the aluminum idea, but that seems logical.

I actually measured it and its about 29 inches- less than thought so were looking at 29 feet. I believe you need a rest stop every 30 so we may be good.
 

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I built a long ramp for my wife's aunt 20 years ago using pressure treated plywood and framing. I could build it today for the same price.... about $400. It's greyed but just like the day it was made otherwise. Three steps and about 20 ft.... probably doesn't meet code but never a problem rolling up. If you are in a nice neighborhood, 2k is probably right for something that looks nice. The aunt lived (pased away recently) in an old farmhouse. Jim
 

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Thank Jim, no neighborhood. in the woods so thats not a worry. We are going to build it today. taking 1/2 day off work and looking to spend $400 max. I think we can pull it off.
 
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