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General Information

Dumbwaiters travel within a hoist-way carrying various objects. The car (the box that carries the load) moves within the hoist-way along a guide rail to keep it in place. A cable and motor are generally used to lift and lower the car.
Many homes have dumbwaiters going from the garage to the kitchen for groceries, from the upper-level rooms to the basement for laundry or even to carry firewood from the basement to the upper floors. In today’s urban centers, homes are being built on smaller pieces of land, one floor stacked on top of another, requiring the residents to carry heavy loads up and down a large number of stairs.  A dumbwaiter can add convenience and safety for the homeowner, and add value to the home.

Some things to think about when choosing a dumbwaiter are:

Will it work in your home? – Are there any obstructions such as toilets, bathtubs, plumbing lines, electrical wiring and weight-bearing floor joists? Do you have enough space to build a hoist-way? Generally about 4 square feet is required.

What are you lifting? – How large and heavy will the items be? A typical car is 20”w x 20”d x 30”h. Residential dumbwaiters usually have a weight capacity of 100-200lbs.

Travel – Most travel up to 30’ but some may travel 50’. Also, decide how many stops the dumbwaiter should make. Most allow up to 3-4 stops.

Finishes and Doors – Car finishes are available in many materials/finishes. Powder coated or stainless steel is the most common.  The actual car door is generally a center bi-parting style door.  Landing doors are not included with the dumbwaiter so that the homeowner can select doors that match the home décor.  Safety interlocks are installed on the landing doors.

Tips & Resources

  • Motors and vital dumbwaiter components are usually installed above or below the car

  • Select a dumbwaiter that can operate on household current (110-120 volts, 60 Hz, single phase)

  • Most manufacturer warranties will not cover installations performed by anyone other than an authorized dealer. An experienced local dealer will be able to install a dumbwaiter in your home so it’s safe to use for years to come.

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Ceiling Lifts

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General Information for Ceiling Lifts

A ceiling lift is a motorized device that lifts and transfers a person from point to point along an overhead track. The track can be ceiling mounted or may be portable (free-standing track). The device incorporates a sling for the person being transferred.A fully motorized ceiling lift transfers in an up and down motion, as well as from laterally along the length of the rail. A portable ceiling lift transfers a patient in an up and down motion using a motor; moving the person side to side is done manually. Ceiling lifts provide a safer way to handle patients for transfers in the bedroom, bathroom and other areas of the home. Caregivers and patients are both safer when a lift is utilized.

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Or Arjo Huntleigh Ceiling Lifts

The Independent Lifter was designed to provide independence and freedom to various transfer situations. In
a combination with a Prism Medical ceiling lift, the Independent Lifter removes the need for a sling and gives
simplicity and accessibility for convenient application form situations including swimming pools, toilets, showers, and
others. The Independent Lifter is perfect for home care where simplicity, independence, and safety are needed.

Learn More at Prism Medical

Some things to think about when choosing a home patient or ceiling lift are:

The length of Use – A free standing or pressure mounted post system with a lift is a good solution when the need is temporary or during a recovery period.
Healthcare Advice– An occupational or physical therapist can help you narrow down your selection for your needs based on your condition and requirements.
Portability – Select a portable lift if you’d like to use it in different rooms or take it with you to a different home. They weigh less than 10 pounds and come with a carrying case.
Ceiling – An installed ceiling track generally does not require any local permits, but there are specific construction requirements for how the track is supported. There are also alternate methods of supporting the track such as wall brackets or wall posts.
Space Considerations – Check the measurements of the lift to make sure you can move it where it needs to go. A freestanding track requires space for the overhead stand. An installed ceiling track takes up the least amount of space.

We will set up your lift so that it is ready to use. They require assembly and installation. Ceiling track lifts must be installed by trained or certified dealers who understand how to assess your home for the integrity of the ceiling structure to carry the weight required. In addition the installer will determine the best method of supporting and mounting the overhead track. Since most lifts are battery powered, it is important to follow the owner’s guide on correct charging procedures. The owner’s manual will usually include a schedule for regular maintenance and a qualified dealer will be able to service the lift as needed. Most manufacturers have a network of trained dealers who can perform service and this is especially important if you have a breakdown within the warranty period.

-Ceiling lifts add security for the patient and reduce injury risk for the caregiver.

-We will show you how to properly use the lift and transfer slings.

-Lift height capability varies model to model, some have the ability to lift a patient from the floor if needed.

-Installed ceiling lifts that go from room to room will require a certified installer.  This ensures proper layout and minimizes safety issues due to the complexity of additional components and options.

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Pool Lifts

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Pool Lifts

Having Access to your pool provides the ability to participate in family fun, enjoy hydro-therapy and a source of safe, stress-free exercising.  We offer many models and types of pool lifts.  Sturdy construction provides dependable and reliable aquatic lifts.  The ADA compliant pool and spa lifts are ideal for both commercial & residential use.  The lifts offer an easy & safe way for you to enjoy your backyard pool or spa.

Learn more about The Pool Lift Products we install from Aqua Creek Products.

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Wheelchair Lifts

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Wheelchair Lifts

General Information

A wheelchair lift may also be referred to as a vertical platform lift (VPL) that travels straight up and down or an inclined platform lift (IPL) that travels on the same angle as the staircase. Vertical wheelchair lifts are available to be installed permanently inside or outside of a home to allow access, such as in a garage, near a front porch or deck. Other models can span as many as two to three stories, similar to an elevator. Incline Platform lifts are predominantly used on staircases going to upper or lower levels of the home.

Service Some things to know about Wheelchair Lifts:

Vertical or Inclined – Incline lifts are usually installed when you cannot install a vertical lift. Overcoming stairs can only be done by traveling over them. Vertical lifts require floor space to travel up and down and may require a hoist-way, a pit or concrete pad to secure the lift.
Inside or Outside- Vertical platform lifts are often installed outside to provide access from a driveway or ground level to a porch or deck for entrance into the home. Lifts that can stand harsh weather are necessary for outdoor use. Maintenance items from the owner’s manual are important.
Consider your Site – The site must have a proper, safety gate at the top landing. Site preparation and finishing is critical for a safe and long-lasting installation.
Choose a Reputable Brand – Wheelchair lifts should comply with specific codes set by industry associations, so be sure to choose a recognized brand name.

Installing a wheelchair lift will require some preparation of the construction site. The unit will need to be secured to the floor or ground level in some way, and may also require additional support and fastening depending on the type of installation (manufacturer-supplied enclosure or hoist-way application). Since the lift requires power, there will also be some electrical preparation required.

-Not made to carry freight.

-Installing your own wheelchair lift is not recommended due to many considerations to be taken in construction and installation.

-Wheelchair lifts are customized to your needs due to travel height, platform size, the position of the entrance, etc.

-Pricing Varies on models depending on lifting heights, capacity and configuration.

– Certain features required to meet local & national code requirements.

-Commercial wheelchair lifts should comply with ADA requirements

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Stair Lifts

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Stair Lifts

Stair lifts are motorized chairs that travel along a rail mounted to the treads of stairs. The rider should be able to get on and off the chair independently, or with assistance in the form of a walker or cane only. Typically, a stair lift is not a good solution for someone in a wheelchair.

Some things to think about when choosing a stair lift are:

Know your Stairs – For a single flight of straight stairs, use a straight stair lift. Most other types of staircases may require a custom-made curved rail stair lift system.  The custom-made units are significantly more expensive since they designed exclusively for your staircase.

Consider Important Features – A seat swivel feature at the top of the stairs can be handy to have on a straight stair lift because getting on and off the stairs is done facing away from the stairs. Other features might also be on your list, such as an error code display to see any service issues.  Power swivel seat and power folding footrest are also available convenience features on some models.

Find the Right Fit – Measure your stairs to choose the correct lift and determine the appropriate weight capacity. Sit in a normal chair and measure the width that you will need to comfortably sit in the chair. Seat height capability is often very important.  A taller seat height makes the process of standing up from the chair easier.  Or try out a chair in our showroom in Lenexa, KS.

Choose a Reputable Brand – National brands will provide you with a manufacturer’s warranty to cover any part defects.   Ask the seller if they provide any labor warranty.

Consider your Surroundings – If your stair width is less than 30 inches, it may be very difficult to install a stair lift. If you have a door at the top or bottom landing, you may want to consider a flip-up or zero clearance rail option that keeps the stair lift from intruding on the door area. You may want to choose a curved stair lift if you want to “park” the unit around a corner at the top or the bottom of the stairs to give you free access to the stairs when the chair is not in use.


The installation will take only a few hours, and a curved stair lift can be installed in a day. Usually, a standard stairway needs to be at least 30 inches wide and there must be at least 24 inches of landing space at the base of the stairs.

We do not recommend trying to install a stair lift yourself.  Our technicians install and service lifts every day so they are trained, knowledgeable and experienced in ensuring your lift is installed to the manufacturer’s specifications.  In addition, it will be fully tested for safety and all features of the lift are demonstrated to you.

When we install your lift, we provide a labor warranty and you can rely on us to service and maintain that lift for as long as you own it.

  • Not ideal for people in wheelchairs. Consider a vertical or inclined platform lift instead.

  • Do not overload a stair lift

  • Do it yourself installation is possible but follow safety instructions carefully

  • Be sure to have the area well lit, especially the areas to get on and off of the lift

  • Extra features are available such as power folding footrest or a power seat swivel. They cost more but may be necessary.

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Door Openers

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Door Motion Technology

The automatic door openers are a power open, power close operator that features a wireless receiver as well as power and control for a variety of locking/latching systems. This operator is straightforward to install and allows the door to be opened manually or via the automatic operator. The unit is activated by a wireless or wired button, of which there are several models, each one appropriate for the client’s level of disability-most of which are wheelchair mountable.

To learn more about The Automatic Door Openers we Install, please visit Door Motion Technologies

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Home Elevators

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Home Elevators


Savaria Vuelift

A stand-alone solution that comes complete with an integrated hoistway, Vuelift ascends elegantly within existing architecture. No walls to build, no construction to manage, no hassle. The Vuelift could also inspire the design or be used as the focal point of your new home. Vuelift is built for the spotlight. Available in the Octagonal or Round designs. With a Vuelift home elevator, your investment in luxury and convenience for today also ensures mobility and independence for the future.

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Savaria Eclipse
This home elevator delivers luxury and convenience, with less space needed than traditional elevator designs. Requiring no machine room and minimal overhead drive space, the Eclipse can be installed in new or existing homes. Using a modular rail system, the Eclipse design installs quickly and seamlessly. Its counterweight system reduces motor effort and therefore power consumption with no need for hydraulic fluids. Available in up to 6 stops with various cab sizes, door configurations, and styles. Whether you need an elevator for mobility issues, or you are looking for the ultimate home convenience, an elevator eliminates the barrier of stairs, making it easier for everyone to enjoy your home.

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A Freestanding, self-contained elevator that can be positioned almost anywhere in a home due to its self-supporting rails.  There is no visible hoist or any noisy motor. The unique technology uses a discreet wire rope hoist and built-in drive equipment.

The lift plugs into a standard power outlet and a battery pack will gently return the lift to the lower floor in the event of a power outage. The operation can be from the control inside the cab or from the standard remote controls.  Various models & sizes are available.

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Staying Home Corporation- Home Elevator
A battery powered elevator for travel between 2 floors, ideal for retrofitting into existing homes.  The compact design installs against any wall, even a non- load bearing wall.  It has an open view and allows you to see out at all times.  The sliding radial door eliminates the need for additional space for the door to swing out.  This model requires minimal construction, only a hole to be cut in the floor and no special wiring is necessary as it runs from the regular household current.

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Some things to know about residential elevators:

Some things to know about residential elevators:

Manufacturer Reputation – We will help you choose a manufacturer with a history in the business. An elevator is an appliance that will remain in the home for many years to come.  Quality is an important aspect to consider.  Following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance should yield years of trouble-free operation.

Try Ours Out– Visit our showroom to try a residential elevator for yourself and to ask questions.

Customize your Elevator – There are many different finishes and cab styles offered. Adding options such as sliding doors takes your elevator to a different level of luxury and convenience.

Your Home – Figure out exactly what you want and speak with us about the right type of elevator for you. Travel distance and hoist-way requirements may narrow your choices. If you are building a new home, be sure to include the elevator in your plans to ensure the most flexibility of choice.  We can provide detailed information to your architect or builder that will make including the elevator easier.

It is possible to install an elevator in an existing home, but naturally it is easier when building a new home. Installation of a home elevator can take several days, depending on the specifics of your project. The installer will make sure that safety and electrical requirements are met for your specific model and local building requirements. Depending on where you live, your elevator may require inspection by local authorities before you can use it. The installation costs of an elevator are low compared to the cost of the elevator equipment. Installation is of paramount importance when it comes to ensuring safety and performance.

Full size elevators for new construction can start as low as $20,000. Highly customized models can range from $30,000 – $50,000. Standard installation is generally included in those costs.
Specialty elevators for remodeling or retrofit applications are available, can cost less, and have less required construction. They also have some limitations such as smaller cab sizes and lower capacity ratings.
Installation time can vary from three to five days for a standard elevator.
A standard residential elevator will need at least 20 square feet of floor space for the hoist-way.
By building code, an elevator can be a maximum of 15 square feet inside the cab
Regular service/maintenance will be required to uphold the warranty and avoid larger repairs

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