Monday, March 28, 2011

HandiRamp Tread Installation

- By Handy Man

We'd like to review a new (to us) product for you.  A special thank you to Patty Brehm at Handi-Ramp for sending us six non slip silver treads for us to try out.

The snow is starting to melt, so I decided it was time to start working on an outdoor project.  This weekend, I installed the treads on my shed ramp.  

Ever since I finished the shed last fall, I’ve wanted something to provide grip on the ramp.  The ramp is in the shade all day, and dampness causes it to get a bit slick, which can be dangerous when moving my equipment in and out.

This project took about half an hour to complete.  The tools required were: a measuring tape, a rafter square, and a Dewalt cordless drill.  The fasteners I used to anchor the treads were 1 and 5/8 inch stainless steel decking screws, which we picked up at Lowe’s.


The first step was marking the layout.  The ramp has 12 boards, and I was installing 6 treads. I measured and marked the center of every other board on the ramp.  Using my rafter square, I then traced a straight line across the width of the boards.

The treads have pre-drilled mounting holes for easy installation.  Aligning the treads for fastening was as simple as lining up the center mounting holes with the line I had just marked on the boards.  The treads were a little bowed, so I anchored the center first and then worked towards each end.  This was to ensure that they would lie flat against the wood.


These treads were exactly what I needed, and they were also a breeze to install.  Please visit Handi-Ramp for the complete line of residential and industrial products, all made right here in the USA since 1958.

10 comments:

Deneen said...

Great idea!

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

Thanks for this review. My SIL does home healthcare and this would right up her alley. Thanks!

Just One Donna said...

We have the same safety issue with our shed ramp. I'll have to check this out. Thanks!

Becky said...

This sounds like a good idea for our back porch steps, they get so slippery!

Candice said...

Fabulous idea!! I'm going to send your blog to my Mom, I think she'll love it! Plus, we both struggle with the same shed problem! TFS!

Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy said...

Do you know how I found this post? I was doing a search for shed organizing. lol... Anyway, it was helpful because I never thought of the non slip things for the ramp. We will have to build a ramp also for our new shed.
I'll be joining you before long on the posts for sheds! lol

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

So useful! Great idea.

It's funny to see the snow in the background. Our daffodils have come and gone already :(

emilysnan said...

hiya , i am following you and i hae joind your linky party too , hope to see you at mine sometime x
tfs
xmaggiex

Anonymous said...

Thank's for this article!

Engineer said...

Great idea!

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