A video by a popular American YouTube vlogger about how he installed a homelift so his partner could move safely between floors in her wheelchair has gone viral with over six million views in a week.
Cambry Taylor was an equestrian vaulter – which is described as gymnastics and dance on horseback – suffered a spinal cord injury after she fell from a horse during a training accident when she was just 18 in 2005.
Cambry had to rely on her fiancé Zack Nelson, to carry her up the stairs, so in order that she could move independently from floor to floor in the house they share together, the couple decided to install a stylish Stiltz Homelift.
Zack, 31, who is better known as JerryRigEverything online, decided to document how the domestic lift was installed on his DIY YouTube channel which boasts around 3.9 million subscribers.
The video ‘How to Install an Elevator in your LivingRoom!’ was published on July 22 and reached 11 on Trending on YouTube. It has now had 6,229,627 views on the video-sharing site.
The Stiltz Trio Homelift model is a freestanding domestic lift and is big enough for Cambry’s wheelchair. It cleverly travels through the floor on self-supporting beams and is powered by a self-contained motor – which is hidden from view in the roof of the lift – and plugs into a normal domestic socket. The Stiltz requires no load-bearing walls and Zack’s video shows how easy the product is to install once a hole is cut out of the ceiling for the lift to pass through between floors.
Zack wrote on YouTube: “Cambry and I put an Elevator IN OUR HOUSE!! And it is awesome. Fully electric, futuristic, and quiet. It turned out pretty cool.”
“I don’t even know how to describe it,” says Cambry after riding the Stiltz lift for the first time. “It’s like I’m in a spaceship or submarine or something. It’s cool and looks awesome!”
Mark Blomfield, President of Stiltz Homelifts USA, said: “Zack and Cambry purchased our top-of-the-range Trio model and Zack told us he was going to make a video of the installation with one of our authorised installers in Utah for his YouTube channel. Once we discovered how many subscribers he had, we couldn’t wait to see it. The video is absolutely brilliant and has to be the most viral video in the mobility and independent living industry in history!”
Yola Mealing, Head of Marketing at Stiltz Homelifts UK, added: “It’s fantastic for the Stiltz Homelift to be independently reviewed in this way by such a prominent US-based YouTube Influencer. It shows Stiltz Homelifts are proving as popular in the US as they are here in the UK, and with an increasingly younger audience. We hope the Trio makes a real difference to Cambry’s life and wish them all the best.”