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GimpForce1

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Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:15:55 PM »
My name is Doug and in the past I attended the casting class, however it was difficult to access the lab with my power wheelchair.  "I'm a quadriplegic so there is no easy way for me to get up stairs" I want to come to the open house in a few days but need to know if there is a way for me to get in this time, as I would be coming on my own?  I have folding 3 foot and 6 foot ramps I can bring but I dont think the 6ft will reach the loading bay.   If you want feel free to use my case as leverage to possibly qualify for a grant that would give Familab the funds to build a ramp for ADA access.   I know it will help a lot of new people gain access to a great place.

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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2013, 06:59:34 AM »
We've talked about this for some time (including the grant concept), but unfortunately haven't made it happen.

If I'm there (I'm planning to attend, but sometimes life gets in the way), we can use your ramps to get into the bed of my truck and then from the bed of the truck into the space.


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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2013, 11:18:06 AM »
About a month ago, I left a folding moving ramp back by the 4x4 cnc. (http://www.harborfreight.com/1200-lb-capacity-convertible-aluminum-loading-ramp-60333.html) I don't know if this is an interim solution or not.

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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2013, 11:56:58 AM »
I bet with both my 6ft and your 6ft ramp we could build a wooden riser block to support the middle to create a cost effective access ramp to the lab.  I can leave my ramp there for a while but at any time I may have to come get it if I need it elseware as it is my only portable ramp thats longer then 3ft

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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2013, 12:52:04 PM »
Can someone give me a measurement of how high the loading bay is from the ground out side the lab please so I can design a temporary solution.  Also a few pictures would help out as well if you could post some. 

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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2013, 01:42:54 PM »
I'll be there today. I'll try to remember to measure and get pics.
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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2013, 12:51:51 AM »
Loading docks are typically 48"-52" high. I helped unload a pallet off a tractor trailer in through the loading dock, it appeared to be standard height.
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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2013, 10:50:20 AM »
Anyone interested in meeting me at the lab this sunday to help figure out the best cost effective ramp solution.  i have a gift card for lowes and can buy a few sheets of plywood and outdoor carpet.  At first I thought loading bay but after looking at the pics from google street view a simple carpeted ramp over the existing steps seems to be the least intensive build.  we might even be able to use a folding ramp for part of it but i'm sure once there with a few hands and some time it shouldn't be difficult.  Are there any skill saws at the lab? if not ill bring one to use.






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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2013, 12:34:05 AM »
I know the talk seems to be about an interim solution. But just want to note that ideally a ramp should be able to go to the front door somehow so that having the bay door already open is not necessary. It would be better in my opinion to have everyone going up a ramp to the front door than necessitate the bay door be open for access.   

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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2013, 06:25:39 PM »
I went to the lab on my own today hoping to catch someone there that could help me take measurements and brain storm on a good solution.  however 3 hours went by without a soul in sight. "This was a surprise to me being the afternoon on a weekend". But not a complete loss as I was able to measure everything on my own and design a workable ramp that is easy to build.  I then went to lowes and bought enough lumber to build a 45" by 70" by 18" step up platform out of 2x6 pressure treated outdoor lumber.  This will allow for a gentle incline to the front door when used with the 2 folding ramps for now, until funding or materials can be sourced to finish the build as I am limited on funds but serious about helping make the lab accessible.  I look forward to meeting up with everyone tuesday night.

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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2013, 08:44:29 PM »
Sorry no one met you there. There was an event (minecon) and a lot of our usual traffic was out there.  Sundays seem to be a slow day at the lab anyway. Tuesdays are the big days when we have all the usuals around. But best bet is to just get confirmation on the forums prior to heading up.

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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2013, 09:38:42 AM »
No worries,  I checked the forum before I left my house but there were no reply's so I went anyway knowing that no one might be there when I got there.   I really needed measurements so I took a shot and it paid off in the form of being able to park my van so the ramp hit the sidewalk.  This let me get past the curb in my chair to take the measurements I needed.   

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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2013, 03:03:40 PM »
FYI - I'd mentioned bringing my pickup truck on Tuesday - but I will be driving my wife's expedition as it is filled with post-minecon gear...

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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2013, 04:30:18 PM »
I think some kind of ramp and platform near the main entrance might be our best bet, albeit our most complicated and costly build. But, It can be done. We need to get Dave woods in on this though, as it would be a substantial modification to his facility.  If you show up on Tuesday, we will get you into the space. We have the technology. :)

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Re: Wheelchair access to FAMILAB
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2013, 11:54:06 AM »
FYI - I'd mentioned bringing my pickup truck on Tuesday - but I will be driving my wife's expedition as it is filled with post-minecon gear...
I had a feeling this would happen so I'm glad I made the sunday trip out there as it payed off.   I will be showing up with a fully constructed platform I had built.  It is light enough for a 2 man team to move with ease.  It is a 18 inch riser platform that will go at the base of the stairs.  Two folding ramps can be used as a temporary access untill I can get the other sections built.  It will need 2 ramp sections and a hand rail to form a perminate ramp but for now its a good start and will get me in without too much trouble.