Step Lift

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To allow a person with mobility disabilities to traverse a step when installation of a ramp or other type of stair lift is not practical. Have a qualified installer install a deck mount van lift, attaching it to the upper floor of the step. The floor support structure should be checked to determine if it has adequate strength to allow operation of the lift. (Additional support may need to be added.) Power to lift should be obtained from a deep-cycle 12-volt automotive type battery. A regulated trickle battery charger should be installed to re-charge the battery when the lift speed starts to drop. An electrical switch should be installed to turn off power to charger after battery is charged. Two batteries may be installed in parallel to increase the operating time of lift. MATERIALS: Platform van lift; one or two 12-volt automotive batteries; battery charger; switch. TOOLS: Common mechanic's and electrician's tools. SKILLS REQUIRED: Carpentry and electrical (NOTE: Professional assistance installing this adaptation is recommended). TITLE: Step Lift. WEB SITE: Assistive Technology Solutions at http://www.atsolutions.org/devices/step_lift.htm. REF: Device Plans (Architectural Elements). Assistive Technology Solutions can be contacted at PO Box 3071, Burlington, VT 05401; jweisman@vtc.edu.

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