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    WC Lift for inside the home

    Anybody have a wheelchair lift they use in their homes to go from one floor to another? Or know of any vendors? Looks like I'm going to be needing one if I purchase the house I've been looking at. I googled, and get a lot of UK companies, but not many US companies.

    Thanks for any help. I just need to go about 8 feet from first floor to the basement. I plan on adding a bedroom and garage/workshop off the zero entrance basement. I can get in the front door from the outside, and I can get in the basement door from the outside. I can't get from the first floor to the basement from the inside. The lot is huge, but sloped and uneven, with three huge trees I want to incorporate into the additions.

    They call the lifts from what I can tell vertical lifts or through lifts, but I don't want to go through an opening in a ceiling from the floor below. I want to use a lift where the existing stairs to the basement are, but I don't want a stair-glide-chair type of lift. I want to remove the stairs, and I want a lift that takes me, and my chair, along for the ride. But everything I find seems like overkill from the pictures I find on the web. I was pondering modifying a van chair lift by extending the traverse length of the van lift. I'm open to any ideas or tips. Maybe I'm not using the correct Google search keywords.

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    I had one of these put in my house. Probably overkill, but I needed to travel 3 floors.

    http://www.gaadaptiveequip.com/produ...elevators.html

    This looks more like what you're looking for.

    http://www.gaadaptiveequip.com/produ...orm_lifts.html

    This one is cool and really does work with nothing but air.

    http://www.gaadaptiveequip.com/produ...elevators.html

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    David

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    Sounds like you want a platform that goes up and down. I have a Savaria Multi-lift in the backyard that might fit in that application, simple Acme screw drive/electric motor, works ok for some 7 years so far. It could fit in a stairwell opening if I am picturing your idea correctly

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    Thanks Davey, Andy.

    Davey, cool rig you have in your home. I need/want something simpler than what your links show though.

    Andy, how far does your lift go up/down? Sounds like something I could use and something that'd work for me. You're right, I'm basically looking for a platform that goes up and down. I don't need it enclosed or full of safety features, etc.

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    Google "platform lifts" or "wheelchair platform lifts" You will get a bunch of hits, most in the U.S.
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    I bought the one at the bottom of this website http://www.vertical-platform-lifts.c...tial-lifts.htm for my back deck its a fairly simple model no gates, etc just a grab bar. I didn't pay the 4k for it found it on craigslist for 1,500 it was like new. I bought a old van lift to use in the garage to enter the house it works great for its purpose. When I was looking craigslist in my area had several two traveled to the second story of a house wish we had built a second story in the new house didn't realise how easy it would be to find a lift on craiglist. Well at least in my area it was easy. There are plenty out there like SCI said just google.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdf View Post
    Andy, how far does your lift go up/down? Sounds like something I could use and something that'd work for me. You're right, I'm basically looking for a platform that goes up and down. I don't need it enclosed or full of safety features, etc.

    thanks

    It's variable, right now it is doing I think 4 feet, but it can travel up to around 8 or 10 feet, never did measure how tall the tower is. Savaria has a website (they're in Canada), maybe they have some specs on that one there on how high max travel is.

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