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Old 05-15-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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I never heard them called stair climbers before; I thought you were talking about exercise equipment. I am starting to look into these for my mom. I wonder how hard they are to install yourself, or how much you have to pay a contractor to do it. We did have electric outlets placed by the stairs when we bought the house with stair lifts in mind. I am concerned about our outside stairs. I imagine the salt-air here will do a number on them, but that's part of living at the beach.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I never heard them called stair climbers before; I thought you were talking about exercise equipment. I am starting to look into these for my mom. I wonder how hard they are to install yourself, or how much you have to pay a contractor to do it. We did have electric outlets placed by the stairs when we bought the house with stair lifts in mind. I am concerned about our outside stairs. I imagine the salt-air here will do a number on them, but that's part of living at the beach.
There are specific ones designed for outdoor use. They hold up pretty well with maintenance.
As for indoor there are specific brands, Bruno for instance designed for do it yourself IF you have straight runs of stairs, curved or other non standard stairs are another whole ball park and expensive. MOST brands must be installed by the dealer you buy them from. There is ZERO information online for DIY believe me I have looked.

I bought several used in the hope we could figure out how to modify and install them, so far we have not tried, I just pray we get lucky when we do, as we cannot afford to have them done professionally nor can we find anyone to install them used unless you bought used from dealer.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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called the Acorn people after seeing TV ad. Then looked up reviews and boy what a mess. Endless telephone solicitations just after 1 inquiry. messy installation, etc. on to other brands.
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Old 05-17-2014, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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Sarvia is good and Stannah as well. Bruno for DIY
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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All my relative had them up north. There its a small room at entry to hang jackets and tkeke off boots/shoe covers but the main thing is it has door leading to outside and one then into house. Not heated and when you come in it keeps ole man winter from blowing inside the house. Also nice not to track up interior of house. In south it called entry porch and used to take off shoes and jackets etc. Quite common on older farms; ranch houses etc.Now days with attached garages less common.

Kind of like breezeways.......................I don't hear to many people use that term down south
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:49 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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Kind of like breezeways.......................I don't hear to many people use that term down south
because they are called dog trots
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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because they are called dog trots
Now there's a second regionalism that I am hearing for the first time in this thread! (The first one was "mud room".)

Here's a third one that I have been aware of for a long time: My cousins in Baton Rouge, Louisiana call skiing "snow-skiing" and water-skiing "skiing". It stands to reason, as skiing is an alien activity to them.
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