Wheelchair Ramp Construction

DIY Wheelchair Ramp Construction

This section will describe DIY wheelchair ramp construction projects that nearly anyone can make.  There are three projects;

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  • Straight wooden wheelchair ramp construction details
  • Construction of a landing for a 90-degree ramp or when needed for height
  • Flush design wheelchair ramp construction of a doorway transition ramp to be used when a screendoor is present.  Adjustable legs of this doorway transition ramp allows the top of the ramp to be perfectly flush with the doorway entrance.

Straight Ramps
There are three elements in building this wheelchair ramp;
- standard ramp top bracket
- standard bottom transition
- wood deck which you build

The top bracket and the bottom transition are included in the Wheelchair Ramp Kit. They are specifically designed to allow you to use standard 2 x 12 boards that can be purchased at a home center or lumberyard. These wheelchair ramp construction pieces create the transition to get the wheelchair or scooter onto and off of the deck, regardless of the slope and height of the steps. Without the top and bottom pieces, lumber is not feasible to be used as a DIY project.  Constructing the deck is explained step by step in the instructions enclosed with the kit.   The construction time to build this wheelchair ramp is about 2 hours. Anyone that can drill a hole can build a wooden wheelchair ramp that is sefe and functional. Wood is quite heavy and any ramp more than 8-feet long will require two people. These ramps should be built near its permanent position if this is a one-person project.  Complete instructions , materials list is included with the kit.  Tools required are an electric drill, hammer, Philips screwdriver and crescent wrench.

Landing Project
An elevated ‘landing’ is required when a wheelchair ramp needs a 90 degree turn.  An ‘Ell’ shaped ramp is composed of two straight ramps on two sides of the elevated landing.  The construction of the landing is built ‘in place’ due to it’s weight and complete instructions are included with a ‘kit’ order which include step by step instructions with diagrams and photos, a lumber cut list that is cut at the Home Center and a materials list.   The only tools needed in addition to the tools to make a straight ramp are;
   - level
- sledge hammer or 5 lb maul
- extension cord
- carpenter square
- wood shims

An Ell shaped ramp design requires building two straight wheelchair ramps but you only order two top brackets and one bottom bracket.  In some situations you may substitute a Flush Fit Top Board instead of the standard ‘top bracket’, if one of the ramp ends is going directly into a doorway threshold with a screen door that swings outward.  (See Doorway Transition Ramp project below).

The landing is a one person project since it is built ‘in place’.  The construction time is about 4 hours.

Doorway Transition Project
The Doorway Transition Ramp accommodates doorway thresholds that have outward swinging doors, like a screen door.  Our standard top bracket will not work when a screen door is present.  This Doorway Transition Ramp will have a Flush Fit Top Board that will be ordered instead of a standard top bracket.   The Flush Fit Top Board, has adjustable legs to allow the end of the ramp facing the doorway to be flush with the doorway threshold.   Most doorway threshold ramps are 2-3 feet long to overcome  a 3 to 5 inch height where an exterior door leads to a front stoop, back porch or patio.  However, the Flush Fit Top Board can be used if a long ramp goes directly into a doorway with a screen door.  Side guard rails are optional and are often omitted on short doorway transition ramps.  The Flush Fit Top Board can not be used when the top step is concrete.  Construction time is about 1 hour and requires a standard bottom transition and the Flush Fit Top Board.  This Flush Fit Top Board is a new item that can only be ordered by mail until the website shopping cart can be updated.   The cost of the Flush Fit Top Board is $24 plus $6 shipping.