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    Width between tires on a wheelchair? UPDATE!!!

    Is there a standard width or an average width on an adult chair?

    I need to make a small transition ramp from a porch to a threshold and I want to place a couple of support ribs approximately where the wheels will go.

    I poured this ramp up to the porch.




    Thanks.
    Last edited by Mark Rios; 10-29-2008 at 06:41 PM.
    Thanks, Mark.

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    Try this, Mark:

    http://www.access-by-design.com/adaag/ada1.gif

    And another:

    http://www.a1-wheelchair-ramps.com/i...air-ramps.html

    Drop "ada +wheelchair width" into Google and you'll see a bunch of info.

    Nice-looking concrete work, BTW.
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    Hey Mark, nice lookin concrete. If I may though, as a chair user, I would liked to have seen some curbing to prevent run overs.

    Chairs are not standard width so you will have to build the ramp strong across the entire width.

    Doug

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    Douglas, thanks. The owner hasn't yet decided if they want to put back the brick curbing or go with a railing.
    Thanks, Mark.

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    I can ask a guy down the road if I see him tommrow.

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    Thanks to all who posted.

    Here is the finished transition that will help the husband navigate the threshold. The wood is oak that I salvaged form an old pallet.
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    Thanks again.
    Last edited by Mark Rios; 08-09-2008 at 07:43 PM.
    Thanks, Mark.

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    My diet is working good. I'm down to needing just one chair now.

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    Nice looking transition Mark.

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    Just wanted to show the finished ramp to those who had wondered about the ramp edge. The owners decided to go back to the brick curbing and put up railing on the porch so that the wife could go out to the porch by herself.

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    Thanks again for all the info.
    Last edited by Mark Rios; 10-29-2008 at 06:52 PM.
    Thanks, Mark.

    Custom Bonehead.

    My diet is working good. I'm down to needing just one chair now.

    "Just think how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of them are even stupider!" --George Carlin

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    You've turned a ramp into a path. Much nicer looking!
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    Looks good and looks like a part of the house. Meaning, it doesn't look clinical. Too many wc ramps stand out as such.

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