How to Build A Temporary Ramp over Stair with Zero Experience

Building a wheelchair ramp over stairs is one of those projects that look more challenging than they are. What follows is an easy to follow guide on how to build a temporary ramp over stairs. The wheelchair ramp will be strong, reliable, and will last for a long time. Just follow the steps below, and you will have an excellent wheelchair ramp.


Guide to Build a Excellent Wheelchair Ramp

Step #1 

Measure the length from the ground and the doorsills top. That should help you determine the ramp’s angle of rising. The Americans With Disabilities Act suggests that for every one foot of rising, its needed twelve feet of length. Also, you need to multiply the height of the stairs by twelve to get to the ramp’s length.

Step #2

how to build a temporary ramp over stairs

Grab a circular saw and cut 3 X 3/4 inch plywood to the previously measured length of the ramp. In addition to that cut three more pieces of 3/4 inch thick plywood. Their length needs to be five feet, and they are meant to be placed at the top of the stairs. Their goal is to serve as a sort of a landing once the wheelchair hits the top.

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Step #3

Use a handsaw to cut four wood posts the size of the length of the ramp. The posts need to support the ramp’s landing. In addition to that, cut two more posts for every two feet of ramp’s length to provide support for the ramp.

Step #4

With the help of a protractor form an eight-degree angle at the post’s tops that bring support to the ramp itself. Use a circular saw to cut each post on the marked line. However, don’t make the angles on the post’s landing support.

Step #5

Find the three identical plywood sheets. The ones that are the length of the ramp and apply some wood glue to them before placing them on top of each other. Make sure that they match each other before securing them with the glue.

Next, put 2-inch nails on each of the edges of the plywood to further secure it. The nails need to be six to eight inches apart.

Step #6 

Take the five-foot-long plywood sheets and glue them on top of each other. Further, reinforce them with some nails on the edges of the sheet. That way you will create the landing on the top of the stairs.

Step #7 

Grab a post hole digger and dig two holes, on both sides of the stair’s top. Each of the holes needs to be 12-inches deep, with 38-inches between the two of them. Next dig another pair of holes 5-feet away from the original ones. The four holes need to keep the landing posts stable.

Step #8 

Continue to dig other holes along the span of the ramp. Their purpose is to provide support for the posts.

Step #9 

Before you lower the posts add some concrete in the holes. Don’t forget that the posts angled ends need to be faced upwards. Give some time for the concrete to cure.

Step #10 

Lower and center the plywood on the four posts. Use 4-inch nails to strengthen the plywood to the posts.

Step #11

Place the plywood for the ramp on the angled posts. Again, use four-inch nails to secure the plywood.

Final Verdict

That’s the easiest and fastest way how to build a temporary ramp over stairs and without any experience so ever. All it takes is some confidence with the power tools and the guide as explained.

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