The plan - in which about half of the measurements are off, but I fixed them as I worked.
The new ramp:
- is an inch taller
- has a complete frame with internal support to prevent the ramp sagging
- has a 14" landing to step out onto before going down (for dogs' and humans' safety), and
- has a non-skid coating all the way around for traction for the dogs and to prevent the ramp sliding on the patio surface
|LR-: parts cut out; frame assembled; frame clad with plywood|
After hemming and hawing over how best to make this new ramp grippy so Shelly won't slide down it (stair tread safety tape, another math mat, adhesive non-skid shower floor stickers, etc.), I opted to coat the entire thing in Rustoleum's Truck Bed Liner spray. It's solid stuff, and two coats of it were enough to pretty effectively rubberize the entire surface, making it slip-proof. It was also much cheaper than any other options, at $7 per can.
Turns out, even grippy truck bed liner spray was too slippery for Ol' Sheller...or maybe it's just that she just doesn't like new things. Either way, neither she nor Daisy would walk on the ramp AT ALL. Shelly felt trapped outdoors, and Daisy just jumped over the whole thing, which was pretty impressive, I have to say.
So, I picked up a gigantic, $20 shop rug from Blowe's, and cut a piece from it to the shape of the ramp. Now both dogs use it as if it'd always been there. Whew!
Sure, the thing is huge, dark, and kind of an eyesore. But it helps my dog. And it's awfully comfortable to walk up and down for me, too. I'm no spring chicken myself, you know? The landing at the top makes a HUGE difference in walkability and comfort. I wish I'd thought to make it wider, as wide as the door, but I was working with the size plywood I had. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Incidentally, this is both (a) what I looked like while I was building and spraying the ramp; and (b) how I looked when my new duplex-neighbors rolled up to their new place for the first time. HR! R'M LRRA!! *gloved handshake*
That's all, folks!
|♥♥ Dog of my heart ♥♥|