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Thread: Carport remodel planned. Ideas for 1 step (only) platform lift for 7-inch step.

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    Lightbulb Carport remodel planned. Ideas for 1 step (only) platform lift for 7-inch step.

    BACKGROUND: I live in a ranch-style house, so once I'm in the house, everything is on one level. However, there is a 7-inch step up into my kitchen from my carport. I can handle that step right now (L1 burst fracture, so I typically walk using canes), but know that as I age, that step will become more of a challenge, and because of fall risk, I may need to eventually use a wheelchair more.
    PROBLEM: How do I deal with the 7-inch step? I see two possibilities.
    • If affordable - and if the garage entrance height clearance would still meet code - I would like to pour more concrete on the carport floor to raise it to the kitchen level, since I plan to have my driveway replaced when I enclose my carport.
    • If that proves to be too expensive, I'd like to install a simple, short, platform lift to "ride" up the 7 inches into the kitchen.

    Any ideas about sources or plans for a single-step lift?
    Last edited by Keepin' On; 07-30-2019 at 12:52 PM. Reason: Typo
    L1 burst fracture, ASIA B L3 incomplete...
    Describes me but does not define me.

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    A ramp is always preferred as a mechanical device can fail at any time. And that always seems to happen at the worst time. Lifts are also expensive, and need to be maintained.

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    I use a wooden skid. It gets me up half way. So two small steps instead of one big one. Years ago I made a lift like an old time car lift to get up two steps. It went up and forward at to same time, starting even with the floor. I powered it with an air cylinder. That way if the power went out I had the air in the compressor tank to run it.

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    Thanks for your responses. I didn't get back to read your posts because my neighborhood had a power outage due to lines down, followed by some days of internet outage. Combined with your tips, I think I'll try the skid for now and a ramp later.
    L1 burst fracture, ASIA B L3 incomplete...
    Describes me but does not define me.

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    not room for a 6' ramp. ADA would be 7'

    just got a 6' folding 33lb wheelchair ramp for $200 from https://www.discountramps.com for loading my ZX1 into station wagon. It's handy to have for getting into friends houses also.
    ADA requires 1/12 pitch or one inch rise for a foot of run, so you can see to get up two steps I need a pusher, but to 7" in six feet, cake!
    They have many other ramp solutions online.
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    Thanks. Another thing to file away in my head.
    L1 burst fracture, ASIA B L3 incomplete...
    Describes me but does not define me.

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    Floor plan? Pictures?

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