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Old 03-15-2013, 08:48 AM   #1
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Lift project

Hopefully this works out as nice as others.
I need more space in the garage so the lift is going in the ground and becoming a parking spot for the bikes.
Here is day 1 - yesterday:



A short while later...


Then this...


Which lead to this one


We finished with this:



And ended with my contractor admiring his day's work



Tomorrow is forms and concrete pouring...

By Monday night, my bike lift will be in that hole!
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:43 PM   #2
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Day 2 - Concrete!
Building the form


Form is in


Pouring - ya that only worked for a minute, then on to scooping with buckets...


Screeding... too big of aggregate made it hard but they got it done.



Done for today. Forms come out tomorrow because the mix was really wet and it didn't set as hard as we hoped today.

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Old 03-15-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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Sweet project. When I get a lift maybe I'll do this myself.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #4
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Very cool, are you just parking bikes in there or cages too?
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:08 PM   #5
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I cut 8' off the end of the garage and made a 'laundry room' with storage for my wife. The garage is all mine and only bikes live in it

It's 16x18 - so space is a premium. Putting the lift in the ground rather than against the wall recovers nearly 42" of floor space. Enough for another bike!
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:10 PM   #6
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I would enjoy thc rhubarb

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Old 03-18-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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Very nice work! Looking forward to more pics!
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:22 PM   #8
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Very nice work! Looking forward to more pics!
I can't wait to get this thing in the ground and get the other bike indoors :) Not to mention being able to use it.

Now the weather is calling for rain on Wednesday, so hopefully that wont hamper our efforts to get this overweight thing in the ground...

Hoping an engine hoist can pick one end up!

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Old 03-18-2013, 06:26 PM   #9
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Cool project. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:00 AM   #10
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Looking good! Keep up the good work!

I totally understand about having a small garage. Most things I have need to be on wheels so I can move them out of the way to get to something else!

Super nice lift install you have going on there!
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Forms out and cleanup time today...
Concrete to green for install so we will wait until Wednesday.

My first peek at the finished edge... whew


Form boards were really stuck in place. It's only a 6"wx9"h curb but I guess it put a lot of stress on the boards.



My contractor in orange inspecting his work


All clean - well mostly
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Thanks guys, It's fun for sure getting this done. I wish I could take credit for the work but been too busy at work lately for any big projects. It's a very good friend of mine and his son, the orange contractor handling the job.

So this lift weighs at least 1500lbs, maybe more. 3 of us can't lift one end even an inch. Any ideas on getting it in the hole?
The wheels hold it just 1/2" from the floor so if we try to slide it in, i might need to put rails on the curb and use a comealong. We thought of an engine hoist, but might need 2. 8' ceiling so not a lot of room to work with vertically. I don't think I can get a forklift or bobcat in there to do the work but we might try.

I can't talk my wife into an I-beam with a trolley winch :)
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I know it's a little late but, for future reference, when I'm forming concrete, I fill a spray bottle with vegetable oil and soak the contacting surface of the forms. They come off quite easily after the concrete sets.
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Thanks guys, It's fun for sure getting this done. I wish I could take credit for the work but been too busy at work lately for any big projects. It's a very good friend of mine and his son, the orange contractor handling the job.

So this lift weighs at least 1500lbs, maybe more. 3 of us can't lift one end even an inch. Any ideas on getting it in the hole?
The wheels hold it just 1/2" from the floor so if we try to slide it in, i might need to put rails on the curb and use a comealong. We thought of an engine hoist, but might need 2. 8' ceiling so not a lot of room to work with vertically. I don't think I can get a forklift or bobcat in there to do the work but we might try.

I can't talk my wife into an I-beam with a trolley winch :)
My suggestion would be for you to buy pizzas and beer and invite about eight of your closest (and biggest) friends to come over and muscle it in.

Seriously though. It wouldn't be that much for each guy to lift with enough people.
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Thanks guys, It's fun for sure getting this done. I wish I could take credit for the work but been too busy at work lately for any big projects. It's a very good friend of mine and his son, the orange contractor handling the job.

So this lift weighs at least 1500lbs, maybe more. 3 of us can't lift one end even an inch. Any ideas on getting it in the hole?
The wheels hold it just 1/2" from the floor so if we try to slide it in, i might need to put rails on the curb and use a comealong. We thought of an engine hoist, but might need 2. 8' ceiling so not a lot of room to work with vertically. I don't think I can get a forklift or bobcat in there to do the work but we might try.

I can't talk my wife into an I-beam with a trolley winch :)
when faced with a similar challenge, we got ONE engine hoist, and attached it to the last end to be placed into the hole . . . . slide the lift in, slowly, using some scrap plywood to protect the new concrete edge, and lower the second end of the lift in with the hoist . . . . .
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