Is it Just Me?

Home Inspector with Fort Worth Home Inspectors - Green Tag Inspections

Is it just me or is there something just not right about this wheelchair ramp?

I just happened across this pic on the net and thought it was funny. Would love to know the story behind it. If it isn't a wheelchair ramp, not sure what else it would be. Doesn't look like it's been photoshopped or stairs added to the top. I'm sure there are guidelines about how steep and the length handicap ramps can be, but that doesn't make sense either.

Kent Keith

Fort Worth  / Dallas Home Inspector

Comments (21)

Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

It's not just you -- this is weird.  Maybe they never completed the job... obviously, this job was never inspected. 

Oct 18, 2008 05:43 AM
Barry Bridges
Barry Bridges Weichert Realtors Bridges & Co. - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Lake professional

Looks like they ran out of funds. maybe they could float a bond issue or better yey borrow the money from China!

Oct 18, 2008 05:44 AM
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

I would love to hear why this happened from the person who ordered the work done.  Wouldn't you?  Bet it would be a hoot of a story!

Oct 18, 2008 05:46 AM
Richard Dolbeare, R(B)
eXp Realty - Wailuku, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Hmmmm, you didn't Photoshop it did you?  Maybe it's for one of those new "walking" wheelchairs?

Oct 18, 2008 05:55 AM
Jenn Neumann Deer
RE/MAX Southern Shores - Surfside Beach, SC
Surfside Beach Real Estate

Wow, there has to be some story behind that picture.  Maybe the city should set up a fundraiser to fix that...It can't cost that much to pour out a little more concrete over those top steps.

Oct 18, 2008 05:57 AM
Richard Mielke
RE/MAX Results - Gettysburg, PA
REALTOR, Gettysburg Pennsylvania Real Estate

Sure it isn't part of a new skate park for skateboarders or something?

Oct 18, 2008 05:57 AM
Tim and Pam Cash
Crye-Leike (Sango) - Clarksville, TN
Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN

Richard - LOL!  That is what I was thinking

Oct 18, 2008 06:04 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Keith, that is pretty funny.  Even when they manage the first set of steps it looks like there is more to come---if they are going up.  I wonder if they added the stairs and the ramp was there originally.  Perhaps the "real" wheel chair access is somewhere else?  Very funny regardless:)

Oct 18, 2008 06:23 AM
Rebecca Anne Cole
PNC Mortgage - Timonium, MD

Is this a candid camera joke?  Really weird!

Oct 18, 2008 06:23 AM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

I would pay to watch this on Candid Camera.  I guess the Handicapped are just not meant to see what's beyond the top 3 stairs.

Oct 18, 2008 06:50 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Funny things happen at home inspetions!

Oct 18, 2008 07:07 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Keith,  So, what is your point ?  LOL  Is that a gov't design ?  Looks like it has been there awhile.

Oct 18, 2008 07:08 AM
Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate

Is this like a trick question for some engineering students.  I do like the government work answer though.

Oct 18, 2008 07:11 AM
Kathy Fey
Fey & Associates - Dacula, GA

Um... I don't think the intention was for use for wheelchairs!

Oct 18, 2008 09:20 AM
Gary McNinch
Better Properties Real Estate - Renton, WA
Broker, Renton WA Real Estate

Kent - I know a whole bunch of "skaters" who would try and figure out how to ride up the hill and jump the steps.  This cracks me up, we just laughed and laughed.

List and Sell (and who knows about this one)  Gary @ RentonHomeFinder

Oct 18, 2008 11:09 AM
Bob White
Woodland Home Inspections - Cartersville, GA

Funny ---

I took a very quick look, and surmised no guardrails, no handrails between the starirs and ramp ---

After reading the first few comments, I looked back at the pic and saw ramp running into the top steps...



Oct 18, 2008 11:11 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX

Perhaps it is for a building at Texas A & M, or maybe they just ran out of money.

Oct 20, 2008 02:32 PM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

I would think for skateboarders? Give us a hint to what kind of building this strange piece of concrete would lead to or may from?

Oct 25, 2008 02:26 PM
Bruce Thomas
A-Z Tech Home Inspections, Inc. - Greensburg, PA

I know what's wrong, no hand rail? ;-)


Oct 27, 2008 02:17 AM
bobby hill

this is a ramp at a skatepark. ive seen it before and thats called a euro gap, where the ramp ends short and below the landing. you could skate it from both directions and so yeas it is a skate ramp not a mistake. too bad more citys dont support skateparks or more people would be able to answer thatquestion.

Aug 18, 2009 02:45 PM

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