The Summit Stair Lift: This is a low cost home stair lift. The company only makes straight stair lifts. The Summit chair lift is made to be a no-frills but reliable handicap stair lift. It uses technology that is now considered old-fashioned by most leading stair lift manufacturers; it uses a cable system rather than rack and pinion to drag the chair along the track, and the Summit stair lift is mains powered rather than battery powered. Other manufacturers switched to rack and pinion battery powered stair lifts because they give a smoother ride. You do get basic safety systems with the Summit stair lift such as a sensor on the footrest to detect obstacles, a seat belt and cable tensioning. Won’t you won’t get the more sophisticated safety features offered by other manufacturers. All in all, the Summit stair lift is for those on a small budget.
Other codes address "rail post support" safety. A rail post per code regulations is required to support a lateral load of 200 lbs. This is a poorly enforced area of the code and with many inspectors content with the bump test. If it doesn’t move too much when they bump it with their hip, the rail will pass inspection. Many rail posts are simply lagged or nailed to the rim joists and post which are mounted directly to the deck surface will simply not meet code. The tragedy is, there are systems available on the market that correctly address this problem. Simpson, USP and Deck-Loc have brackets which will meet code for rim joist attachment but there’s only one adjustable bracket system (discussed below) which will meet code for wood or composite stairs.
Safety in using stairs should be the main concern when planning the stairs. Its form and design should be rooted on safety. Beauty is useless without proper function. Since a stair’s function is to safely take people to different levels in a multi-level home or building, it should be made in a way that will not compromise those who will be using it. A good way to ensure its safety is to start at the beginning of the installation of the stairs itself. A stair’s foundation lies on the quality of the stair parts used. Therefore, investing in good quality stair parts is a must for ever homeowner and stair builder.
The decision to install a stair lift is often taken to allow for complete independent access to the stairs and when shopping online, you will likely find many options. You might consider purchasing a used stair lift in order to save money. If you do decide to purchase a used stair lift, then it is important to follow some simple guidelines. Find a Reputable Dealer of Used Stair Lifts: There are many online auction and classified sites that can put you in contact with a private person trying to sell their used stair lift. You never really know what you are getting when you purchase one this way though. You could be inheriting a stair lift that is broken, been misused, or is in otherwise poor or unsafe condition. Instead if you purchase from a reputable dealer, you can still save money on your used lift, but you will get a product that has been completely refurbished to factory standards and in the same condition it was when it left the factory. You will also get a warranty on your lift. These are things that a private individual won’t ever be able to guarantee you.
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