Nut House Ramp

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Project by Roz posted 10-28-2011 05:50 AM 1434 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On my in-laws farm there is an old plantation house called Oak Hurst which means Oak Hill.
They lived in that house until about twenty years ago when they built a retirement cottage they call Acorn Cottage. Soon after it’s naming it became “The Nut House” and still is today.

Time marches on and we now need The Nut House fitted with a handicapped ramp. I volunteered to try my hand at constructing it. The day I started the visiting nurse left me specifications on the rise and run the ramp had to have. To meet these requirements the ramp would have been 14 feet long.

I was able to meet the requirements and fit the ramp into the alloted space by building a landing mid way and ramp up to the porch from the landing and down to ground level. The construction is pressure treated lumber with 2×6 decking, 2×8 joist, 4×4 posts and 2×4 railing rounded over.

I chose to use the 2×8 and 2×6 ramp construction because it allowed me to wrap the brick steps in the ramp, doing little damage to the steps and eliminating the need for the center brace that would have been required if I had used standard decking lumber.

The railings are set at a height suited to the home owners and the second rail is there in the event of a fall to prevent a fall through to the concrete below. The Post are not only decorative but also provide a hold and a place from which to pull or steady yourself. The ramp has two exits, one leading to the parked car and the other to the dogs food and water bowls.

We finished the project in solid stain and added non skid to the grey deck paint for those frosty mornings that will make the ramp slick. Thanks for looking.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 10-28-2011 02:27 PM

Nice job, Roz.

In-laws…. nut house… lot’s of one-liners there. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-28-2011 03:18 PM

Nice project. Now I know who to call when I need a ramp.

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#3 posted 10-28-2011 03:20 PM

Nice job on the ramp, Roz.

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#4 posted 10-28-2011 04:33 PM

Well done Roz!
The design blends is very nicely with the surrounding area and looks great.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#5 posted 10-28-2011 05:03 PM

Thanks fella’s!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 10-28-2011 05:21 PM

It’s a nice looking ran and I’m sure it will serve them well.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 10-29-2011 04:45 AM

Terry to the rescue, well done for your fellow man, I too was a bit confussed with the caption in reference to the in laws, Looks a nice quite corner of the world there.
Looks a great job by someone who knows what they are on about to me, cheers Mate :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 10-29-2011 04:58 AM

Very nicely done. My brother in law does handicapped ramps in Nebraska and he told me that he has to do a 12” drop for ever 1” if height. So yours would have been 14” high to 14’ long. I know states have their own codes.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#9 posted 10-29-2011 10:36 AM

Arlin, I did not know the mandated Rise and Run for handicapped ramps. It was fortuitous that the nurse happened by before I began. 14 inches is about right for the rise to the back porch.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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