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Re: Handicap Wood Ramp Detail (4th time!)

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Sep. 23, 1998
I was doing a similar handicapped ramp few months ago but it was concrete.
However it is common to have the end of the ramp made out
of concrete in order to facilitate the transition of the sloped
(generally pressure treated wood) to
the flat part.

K. Hemmatyar, P.Eng.
Vancouver, B.C.

At 01:39 PM 9/24/98 GMT, you wrote:
>I am working on a handicap ramp made of wood.  It has to have a maximum slope
>of 1:12 for ADA.  The question I have is how to detail the bottom of the ramp
>where it meets the ground.  Since the ramp has such a slight slope, the
>stringers die into the ground.  Let me illustrate.  If I have a 2x8 side
>stringer sloping down supporting the edge of deck it will be in contact (or
>have a taper cut) for 7 to 8 feet at the bottom of the ramp.
>How are wood ramps usually detailed at the base of the ramp to provide
>support, but I assume, no contact with the ground?  Is a long slab of
>concrete poured under it?
>Richard Lewis, P.E.
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