Do-It-Yourself Stair Lifts

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Can I install my home stair lift by myself?

Do-It-Yourself Stair Lifts

You didn't give up that "weekend home-improvement warrior" spirit when your fibromyalgia or ALS worsened so why give up now? You're planning to install one of the high-powered stair lifts but are having doubts as to whether or not you can do it yourself. As with many things, you can't do it on your own—what would your husband or wife, who knows everything about home improvement do? You can't leave them out of the project.

If your stairs are completely straight with no landings and angles or second flights, you can opt for simple stair lifts that boost you up the stairs with ease. You can relax in your wheelchair with extra back support as you climb up, up, up and away in the stair wheelchair lift you installed yourself. An owners' manual, a Phillips screwdriver, some elbow grease, and you're ready to go. You may need additional tools, so check when you're shopping for stair lifts.

Moving? You can disassemble straight stair lifts with ease--just make sure your new home has a straight staircase.

Like so many home improvement projects, you can tackle this one with sheer confidence and the well-meaning advice of your spouse. You won't even have to read 100 wheel chair lift guides to do it!



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