Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ramp Care


I need some advice from those of you who have wheelchair ramps.

My ramp is built out of decking material - pressure treated wood. When it gets wet or cold and wet, or just covered in dew, it gets very slippery. Is there something I can put on it that would help?

And how do you handle snow and lots of it? Do you just shovel the ramp like you would a driveway, or do you put a tarp down before it snows, or something else that would make the job of clearing the ramp quicker and easier?

If things work out and Johnny gets to join our family, using the ramp will be a necessity and something we will not be able to do without. So, I guess I just need advice on the care and upkeep of our ramp.

Can you help?

5 comments:

Terena said...

We've used textured strips of black, grippy, paper-like stuff, spaced about half a footstep apart, and covering from one side to the other of the ramp. I'm sorry, I can't remember what it's called, but if you go to Home Depot or a large building supply store and tell them what you need, I'll bet they'll point you in the right direction. If I remember I'll write back.

Janet said...

Love to read those words "if Johnny gets to join our family" -- still praying!

Carl Anderson said...

Here you go:
http://www.handiramp.com/non-skid_safety_tread.htm

Carl Anderson said...

Here is another option:
http://www.antisliptapeshop.com/index.php

Dalya said...

In Canada we put salt down on the ramp when we snow/ice is coming in, helps to melt it as it freezes. Also the black grip top helps!!! Good luck!! What ever happened to the girl you were going to get??

deafDalya