Most of the houses I work on here in Southern California have few if any accessible design features. For a homeowner who uses a wheelchair, even a single step at the entry is a serious impediment. Over the last several years, I’ve put my welding skills to good use building access ramps out of readily available steel parts. The ramps are strong and secure but can be made smaller and less noticeable than a wood ramp and are easy to dismantle if needed.

I learned to weld while working as a farrier years ago, plus I had some vocational training. If you’ve never welded, consider taking a course; with hands-on training, you can pick up the basics in as little as six months.

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