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Moving Tips: Create a ramp over stairs

Creating a ramp can make moving easier.

Creating a ramp can make moving easier.

Whether you have a family member with a disability, or just want an easier time for you and your moving company, it could be a good idea to create a ramp for your outside stairs. This could make it easier to enter into the home for many people, and can be either a permanent or temporary option.

It is important to start off by measuring the angle of the stairs so you know what you have to work with. This can easily be done by finding out how tall the ramp is and how far away it is from the stairs when it is against the ground. By installing wooden pegs into the ground that are flush with the stairs, you can begin to create your frame. If the pegs are meant to become the base for a hand rail on each side, ensure they are tall enough for this.

Whether it is a temporary or permanent ramp, you need to place pegs every few feet that meet the angle all the way down. If it is a permanent ramp, these should be installed in concrete. Connecting these together with a support beam on each side is important. Nailing the beams so they are flat with the ground will make for a solid base.

Measure the distance between the posts on each side and attach planks with nails. Adding plywood to make the ramp doesn't have to be difficult, as you just need to measure the length and width. Then, secure these pieces with nails. When this is complete you can finish putting the railings on it by nailing them together. Adding support pieces that can better attach the railings to the ramp is necessary.

When you complete this, you will have a workable ramp that could come in handy when moving in, which is important, especially if you have a hand truck that you need to pull large items into the home.