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  1. Standard practice is to install a sump pump in a...

    Standard practice is to install a sump pump in a basement. You can also use the sump pit as a drain for condensate drains, water softneners, or other things like what crags mentioned. It'll also...
  2. The contractor that does the Perc Test should be...

    The contractor that does the Perc Test should be able to tell you about the site conditions for a basement.
  3. I should also add that I wouldn't do a basement...

    I should also add that I wouldn't do a basement if the site conditions make it impractical. The most determining factor being a high water table, or there being any chance of it becoming an indoor...
  4. Most Code Enforcement, and general building best...

    Most Code Enforcement, and general building best practices only requires 8" exposure of the foundation. Properly landscaped that could easily be made up for level entry, if the lot size allows it.
  5. I have a vertical platform lift to access my...

    I have a vertical platform lift to access my basement. I bought it used but it was only a few months old and in like new condition. They can be bought pretty cheap if you search around and are not...
  6. Whatever. Around here we have basements,...

    Whatever. Around here we have basements, predominately. I am in a wheelchair and have a basement. If I was going to build a new house (here in NJ) it would have a basement. Slab on grade is big...
  7. @vjs: Yes, FL has high water table, don't know...

    @vjs: Yes, FL has high water table, don't know about GA, although there's clay which is pretty much impermeable. Also freeze/thaw cycles make it necessary for a foundation, not a big of an issue in...
  8. Because it adds value, makes plumbing, electrical...

    Because it adds value, makes plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems easier to install/maintain. It's also a handy place to go when natural disasters occur.
  9. Some areas of the country, like NJ, just about...

    Some areas of the country, like NJ, just about every house has a basement.
  10. I didn't miss the point, just saying that Salt...

    I didn't miss the point, just saying that Salt Water can do a number on any electronics. Big difference riding in the rain (fresh water) than being exposed to salt water.
  11. Salt water around a powerchair is never a good...

    Salt water around a powerchair is never a good idea, you're really pushing the parameters of intended use.
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    Holding the inner race and spinning the out race...

    Holding the inner race and spinning the out race the bearing should spin freely, should be no resistance. There should be a sleeve between the two bearings, if that's missing, or too short the...
  13. Bearings are sealed, they should be fine.

    Bearings are sealed, they should be fine.
  14. If I had to guess I'd say Europe, that paver...

    If I had to guess I'd say Europe, that paver stagger is common in Germany. Here is typically a half running bond.
  15. Does your Daughter have a spinal cord injury? If...

    Does your Daughter have a spinal cord injury? If so then tilt will probably be a necessity from your discription. Elevation is always nice to have but I don't think all insurances will cover that. ...
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    Could be something draining the battery(s). ...

    Could be something draining the battery(s). Might not even be battery related, could be a defective relay or starter.
  17. I think the intent is to make it user friendly...

    I think the intent is to make it user friendly for AB as well as wheelchair users, with aesthetics in mind. Handrails or bumpers would be a "barrier" to the AB's. But agreed, it could be dangerous...
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    Another method that works well is to lean over...

    Another method that works well is to lean over the side of the chair, a minute or so on each side. But you need full arm rests to lean on, otherwise it could be unsafe.
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    I don't do timed weight shifts, but I'm...

    I don't do timed weight shifts, but I'm constantly lifting my butt (on varying sides) momentarily to help relieve my nerve pain. But I primarily use a powerchair which makes that easier.
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    "He said that the plan that we had would not work...

    "He said that the plan that we had would not work and came up with an alternative plan, but he said the new plan doesn't actually follow the rules either. He said that it was OK though because he...
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    If you use a powerchair you could go steeper than...

    If you use a powerchair you could go steeper than the ADA minimum requirement. If you use a manual then longer runs to rise is better.
    It sounds like the building inspector is willing to work...
  22. That's a great resource, thank you for positing...

    That's a great resource, thank you for positing it.
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    In most jurisdictions there's a lot of leeway...

    In most jurisdictions there's a lot of leeway given to residential access situations. That often includes setbacks, ramp rise/run, etc. I would just ask the building inspector, he/she should be...
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    You'd have to remove the spreader bar and use a...

    You'd have to remove the spreader bar and use a shackle to make those connections. Or leave the spreader on and rig up some nylon straps to hang the scale. You probably wouldn't be able to use the...
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    This thread might be helpful:...

    This thread might be helpful: http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?264357-Are-there-scales-that-can-be-attached-to-a-overhead-lift&highlight=Digital+scale
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