I need to be doing some moving of appliances into and
out of my garage in to my house. The rise from outside
of my house over the sill is 6". My refrigerator dolly can do
this, but I am getting a little old for the power/strength
it takes. The drop over the side of the sill on the
inside of the house looks to be only about 3/4".
Is there some kind on ramp I can put in from of the sill
so that I do not have to go 6" straight up? Reusable,
portable? Do these things securely hold my dolly with
Sorta in the same vein- those temporary ramps always like to shoot out
from under you. I've found it helps to add a flap of sheet metal at the
top, extending over the high side. This also helps protect threshold.
I've even made an easily-movable 8" -rise wheelchair ramp that way, that
the helper could drop in the door opening when needed. A couple tapered
2x triangles for the sides plus a cross-piece or two to keep the sides
vertical, nail plywood over the top, and then the metal tongue. Tape to
cover sharp edges, and some sort of handle. (I forget what). This was a
quick'n'dirty from junk found in the basement, but it worked well enough
that I never needed to come up with a proper solution.
re: "The biggest difference between men and women is, men will do
stupid things even when they know ahead of time that they're stupid
I'm not too sure I agree with that comparison. After all, my wife
I believe there are starter ramps for the ends that have rubber grips.
I saw some real nice ones that metal on both ends of a customer's own
boards. The floor end had nonskid rubber making them useful for concrete
My parents' garage had ~4" step from the slab to side yard walk
To make it easier to move a wheel barrow, wheeled trash containers or
other items over the obstruction, I made a ramp out of 3/4" plywood.
I was about 18" to 24" but I cannot recall exactly.
To do the 6" rise, I would suggest ramp 3' to 4' wide.
Dolly wheels should be no more than about 24" apart. For occasional use a
scrap of 3/4" plywood could be enough.
Though to be safe I add a scrap of angle cut 2x6 to the part butting to the
door and a couple of wedges along the sides.
I have a 5 foot long ramp I built for getting the lawnmower in and out of
the truck made from 2x4 and 1/2" OSB. When we used it for contractor sized
loads of dirt and rock all I did was add a few lateral braces, think ladder
style. I did not pay $20 for those ramp brackets I used some heavy weight
wall angles to each stringer. For the wheelbarrow duty I added temporary
legs to the rear.
For a 6" rise across which you will roll not sit, you don't need much.
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As long as everyone is describing their ramps, here's how I made mine,
all from scrap:
For each ramp, I screwed a 2 x 8 to a 4 x 4. I relieved the ends of
the 2 x 8's to eliminate the "step". No flex what so ever it would
take an awful lot of weight to bend what is basically a 4 x 6.
They were originally made for loading a riding mower into my trailer,
but have since helped move an upright piano as well as a few other
To move the piano out of the house the ramps were actually used as a
bridge from the front steps to the trailer, with a sheet of 3/4" ply
as the "rolling surface".
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