The Workings of a Stair Lift

If you have lived with limited mobility you probably find stairs a hassle. A stair lift can help you navigate those treacherous steps without fear or worry. These contraptions are extremely easy to use and have many nice features that the user will enjoy. They come in many designs that will allow them to be tailored to your stair case and your needs extra resources.

The origin of the stair lift is much debated but the modern type of lift was designed in the 1920s and 1930s. There have, of course, been improvements and modernization since then. The same basic concept is held to however. A chair or platform is raised or lowered a long a rail. The rail is generally attached along the side of the stair case. This way the stairs can be used with ease by both walking or riding the stair case. Don’t worry if you have a curved stair case, there are systems out there to accommodate those as well.

Thanks to the durable construction of the rails for today’s stair lifts you don’t have to worry about weight. If you are using it on a straight stair case the rails are generally made out of extruded aluminum. Rails for curved stair cases are mainly made out of steel although there are a few manufacturers that use some aluminum.

Once the rails are installed and secured with brackets called cleats, as seat or platform is attached. The rider simple sits in the seat and controls the speed of the chair by a switch or toggle lever. This switch allows the user to climb the stairs at a pace that is comfortable to them. The switch is designed to be easy to use for even those with limited hand mobility. And since most of them have a soft start mechanism you don’t have to worry about being jerked all over the place every time you start it up.

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