Installing stairlift can be a tedious chore if the owner is has no prior experience in handling assistive equipments. There are buyers who are not willing to pay the additional sum for the installation service. Actually, installing on your own is not very difficult, the minimum you should have is the installation manual as a guide while you are fitting a such equipment into position.
Tools required for installation
You need to have the correct tools in order to perform the correct job. Therefore, chair lift installation is a heavyweight chore and needs strong tools. Your toolbox should contain at least the following: Allen wrench, spanners, philips screwdriver and a fully charged electric drill with extension.
Fitting the track has to be the most challenging part of the installation process. You have to make sure that the tracks are assembled properly. Track bracket bolts are used to faster brackets to nuts in the track channel. Use your hand to tighten the brackets as adjustments can still be made later. To ensure that the track is straight, pull a string from the top of the steps to the bottom. This checks if the track is parallel. If there are segments of tracks not aligned with the string, then the track bracket should be adjusted accordingly.
Laying the call Control cable
The control cable provides a closed loop control system for the lift. The ends of the control cable should be connected properly to the correct jacks at both ends of the track. The cable should be running along the track and tucked underneath away from view. Ensure no wire is exposed as it risks being snapped by the moving parts.
Installing the Seat
The seats come either in fixed or swivel mode. The seat can be attached using four screws at the corners. Connect the seat control cables and fit the seat on to the chassis. Hand tighten the hex screws. Next is to install the legrest so that it is aligned with the seat. Once they are aligned, you can tighten the screws.
Tighten all track brackets
Finally when the track and seat are in place, you should tighten all the loose track brackets and effectively set the track for use. Press on the track at each bracket and tighten the bolts, there should not be any loose brackets. Any flex in the track will cause stoppages during operations.
Test and Safety check
After you have tightened the last bolt and connected the last control cable, it is important to read the owner’s manual to ensure all the steps are followed correctly. Double check the connectors and the control cables. Turn on the stairlift and do a test run in both up and down directions. Before allowing the actual user on the seat, an able bodied person should try it out first. In case there are any faults, the able bodied person can react faster. You can check out the controls to verify the buttons and actions are all paired correctly.
This manual guide is a summary of the main activities required in an installation process. They are general instructions and can be applied on all brands including Acorn, Ameriglide, Brooks, Bruno, Stannah and Summit. After installing your own stairlift, please remember to read the warranty in the owner’s manual to understand what is the coverage. With these in mind, you can start enjoying the fruits of your labor.
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