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Old 05-28-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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Time and time again I hassel with figuring materials on building a ramp. The ramps im building have a 5x5 landing then go out x amout of feet. I cant seem to grasp the concept of figuring the planks. Ive searched for calcjlators or apps even programs to speed up the process , but no luck. Any sugestions.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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You mean decking planks?

You need to figure your rise & run, which will give you the diagonal length of your "rafters" (joists). Once you have that, just divide by whatever your decking width is & you'll have your number of pieces.

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well you could go and buy a 16 footer chop it up into small blks and lay it out that way
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If you don't have one, get yourself a construction calculator for figuring out projects like this.
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Maybe we have a HO
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Maybe we have a HO
I thought they were supposed to be kept in the van from the other thread?
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Ho. Ho. Ho i think we got an ho!
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Lol.. Ho ho ho....
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Time and time again I hassel with figuring materials on building a ramp. The ramps im building have a 5x5 landing then go out x amout of feet. I cant seem to grasp the concept of figuring the planks. Ive searched for calcjlators or apps even programs to speed up the process , but no luck. Any sugestions.
If your a real contractor I would only assume you keep receipts, payroll records, etc and somewhat keep it organized. If this were the case you would take your historical data and come up with some sort of ballpark price or cost per linear foot or sq foot.
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You mean something like this only different?

How far apart do you want to put your posts (meaning how much do you like digging holes), and what do you want to use for joists?, how high off the ground id your landing going to be.. Lots of questions, before anyone can give you any answers.
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Thats a handsome ramp.

My experience though says @ 1:12 an elevation over 18" starts becoming the less expensive option to a stair lift. When you lay it all out on paper and add up the footings and landings it becomes very labor intensive.
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You can do a basic layout, just follow the requirements and keep maximum ramp slope 1:12 and maximum rise for any run 30 in.
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I think to be ADA compliant you need the ramps to be 5' wide also, not 4' as Greg24K shows.
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I think to be ADA compliant you need the ramps to be 5' wide also, not 4' as Greg24K shows.
Ramps only need to be 40" here. Landings minimum 4' by 5' so someone can manipulate a wheelchair effectively. Most all wheelchairs are designed to fit through 35" or the typical 36" doorway.
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Ramps only need to be 40" here. Landings minimum 4' by 5' so someone can manipulate a wheelchair effectively. Most all wheelchairs are designed to fit through 35" or the typical 36" doorway.
Funny, the ADA ramps I start tomorrow the architect drew up everything 5' wide, thought that ADA rules were nationwide. All the ramps I put on school buildings here have always been 5' wide, but then everything in Texas is bigger.
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Funny, the ADA ramps I start tomorrow the architect drew up everything 5' wide, thought that ADA rules were nationwide. All the ramps I put on school buildings here have always been 5' wide, but then everything in Texas is bigger.

Especially the egos.. :

Id bet 6' would be better. All heck lets just spec 124' just to make it easy.

Good luck finding an inspector who knows what it's supposed to be.
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Read this:

sec. 4.7 & 4.8

36" in the clear on the ramp, 60" on a landing...

http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm#4.7
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If the accessible route makes a 180 degree turn around an element which is less than 48 inches wide, clear travel width shall be 42"
minimum when approaching the turn, 48 inches minimum at the turn and 42 inches minimum leaving the turn.
If you have a clear width at the turn which is 60 inches then this minimum compliance is not required and the minimum clear width of a ramp can be 36" min, 32" min after railing or kick plate... we always made it 42 if there is no room restriction and landing 60", again if there is no room restrictions.
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sec. 4.7 & 4.8

36" in the clear on the ramp, 60" on a landing...

http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm#4.7
Thanks for that link.
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sec. 4.7 & 4.8

36" in the clear on the ramp, 60" on a landing...

http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm#4.7
Griz, update your file, this is the latest ADA compliance code which is adopted nation wide.

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