How to Build a Truck Loading Ramp

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How to Build a Truck Loading Ramp
Construction lumber is often used for ramp planks. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Truck loading ramps make moving jobs easy. These types of ramps are simple, and require little hardware and lumber. The simplest and most effective of these types of ramps use brackets that attach to wooden planks, and then rest on the tailgate of a truck. They are angled so the board is allowed to stretch to the ground, while the end of the brackets lays flat. In just a few minutes these brackets can be mounted on to planks, allowing a quick start to any moving job.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • 2 planks, 2-by-10-by-96-inches
  • 2 ramp ends, w/hardware
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1/4-inch
  • Screw driver, Philips
  • Wrench

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay a plank flat, and set the ramp end over the end of the plank. The obtuse corner of the ramp end should be tight against the end of the plank, with the 90-degree corner facing upwards. The sides of the ramp end should be flush with the sides of the plank.

  2. 2

    Mark the centres of the screw holes on the plank with your pencil. Repeat this process with the other plank.

  3. 3

    Drill two holes through each plank where you marked the holes. Attach the ramp ends to the planks using your screw driver, wrench, and the hardware provided.

  4. 4

    Set your ramp ends on the tailgate of your truck. The boards should be parallel, and spaced according to what you are moving. If you are loading your tuck with a dolly you will want to keep the boards close together. If you are loading an ATV you will want to have the boards match the base of the wheel-set.

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