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Old 03-13-2012, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ramps v. stairs

We have a small dog run we'd like to give Copper access to. (It's built right outside the living room windows but below ground level, if you can imagine that.) Problem is, its 47" off the floor of our living room and most ramps and/or stairs won't go up that high without being too steep for his back.

Since I'm probably going to have to custom build these things...

Any benefit to ramps vs. stairs?

Also, if you're in the Chicagoland area and can build either a ramp or stairs for me (of course I'd pay you!), let me know.

Copper already has to use a flight of stairs multiple times a day in order to get out of the apartment, so I want the new build to reduce impact on his back as much as possible. I've read that ramps at 18* slope are considered "easy riders", a good angle for elderly and arthritic dogs. Copper is neither, but I certainly want to take it easy on him to avoid having him being arthritic with a bad back in the future.

I'm leaning towards a ramp right now.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stair can be built at a steeper incline and still be usable ramps end up tanking a lot more space.

Problem is, its 47" off the floor of our living room and most ramps and/or stairs won't go up that high without being too steep for his back.
a standard six stringer precut stair with 6.5 in rise reachs about 39 inches you should be able to make this work by either creating small deck to attach the stairs to or you can start the stairs as a step down

18% slope is extemely steep and would still result in a ramp just over 10 feet long the ramp slope recomend by ada IS 1 IN 18 is for each inch in hieght it is 18" long which trans lates to a 5.55555 degree slope that would be a ramp 70 .5 feet long I doubt that is workable.

you can buy the stair part at a big box outlet and build them yourself.
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