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    How to build a residential vertical lift?

    I looked at a lot of vertical lifts online and they are very expensive. I don't think it would be very hard to make one. Does anyone know how to make one? I only need to be lifted 18 inches to our platform to get in the house. I don't have room for a ramp.


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    I have been thinking about that. I have a friend that could build anything. I would enlist his help.

    What about a used one off of ebay or kijiji? Or a van wheelchair lift, modified?

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    Tons of killer ideas on youtube. rep
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    This is what I use to get to my basement from my garage. We took the wooden stairs out, put this in their place. Use a winch to pull it up, garage door track to guide it. 11 1/2 yrs on it s far without any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuentejps View Post
    Tons of killer ideas on youtube.
    You sure? Pls explain how that route will help, thanks.

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    what actually is that?

    we are trying to figure out a way to get our son down our basement...without the expense of an elevator ...I know there must be other options. what is that and where did you get it? can you use it by yourself? who installed it?
    i hope you don't mind but trying not to reinvent the wheel

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    That's a good idea Kris about converting a used lift from a van and somehow modify it to the house. Does everyone agree this will work? If so, any input?


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    nd, go to youtube. we made one similiar to that at the rc track we built at my parents place to go up 12 ft on the drivers stand. used a 1000pd motor wench from harbor frieght. very similiar the the one above, you push a button on the red box. i may still have pics

    here, u get the idea rep
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    Anyone have any ideas on how convert a lift from a van to use it for residential use? I only need to be lifted 18 inches.

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