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Old 03-19-2013, 09:55 AM   #16
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Thanks for the suggestions. I've thought the same for the hoist, so I'm glad that worked for you.

The pizza and beer thing, my biggest concern is someone getting hurt. It's so low that if you got a finger under it, I can't get anything short of a prybar to help you out. I have an 8' steel breakerbar that just bent when I tried to lift with it.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:11 AM   #17
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How about a nylon tow strap under the lift as a sling, then 8 - 10 foot planks (2 2x6s screwed together) as the lifting points for the beer and pizza crew?
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:30 AM   #18
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How about a nylon tow strap under the lift as a sling, then 8 - 10 foot planks (2 2x6s screwed together) as the lifting points for the beer and pizza crew?
That there sounds like a great idea!
Never even entered my mind.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:46 PM   #19
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Wow, so getting it in the hole was the big unknown. We contemplated, planned, had plans a,b,c & d (d was give up )

We cut a piece of plywood to protect the curb. Put a moving blanket under it and well... within 5 minutes, it just fell into place! A truly amazing moment as we figured we would need 4 more guys and an engine hoist.

Took 2 guys pushing... it's heavy and one guy guiding.



Contractor doing his daily inspection:


Bike pushed right on! Yay, perfect fit of lift to concrete!


The metalworker comes tomorrow to measure for steel plates that we will use to close the gaps. Then I'll finish up the wiring and mount that to the wall.

Last thing is to rearrange the garage somehow because the current "new" setup blocks my attic access with the desk. might need to get a smaller desk/workbench but I really like this one.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:54 AM   #20
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Very well done! gives a boy ideas, it does ;-}

If one may ask, what did the excavation and concrete work run ya, round numbers . . . .. . . .. .
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:23 AM   #21
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I haven't paid yet but the total estimate was about $1500 in California rates. Some things went long others went short.

It took 2 guys a solid day to excavate due to the really hard ground. Took 2 guys about half a day to form, rebar, pour and do the finish work. There is just over a yard of concrete in there.

I'll fill you guys in when I get my invoice. Normally, I'd pay for a contractor up front but this guy is a close friend and a neighbor, so we work from estimations rather than bids.
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thank you sir -- I was considering building UP a platform around my lift . . . . I may just rethink this based on your experience ;-}
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:47 AM   #23
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awesome. I need to pour a new garage floor this summer and you have just given me a great idea
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:05 AM   #24
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So, what is the brand/model of lift you are using?
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:45 PM   #25
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Excellent! It will look really nice when you trim it out with the metal! Nice install!
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:33 PM   #26
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The lift started life as an industrial lift table that a previous owner hacked up a bit and cut to the size of a bike lift.
I like the industrial look to it even though it's not all pretty like a Handy lift.

I added a vise from Derek Weaver to replace the dirtbike hoop that was on it when I got it.

Another week for the metalwork... damn I need to learn to weld. I just know this will be expensive

Used it all day today and it's so nice being able to just roll onto it rather than going 9" up the ramp and not being able to reach the ground. Even sunk in, I still can't use the full height on the GS without taking off the windshield.

The only downside, and it's an upside too is that I keep dropping things into the pit. A pain because I have to reach under the lift which is something I don't like doing but on the other hand, no screws took off to never be found again today!
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:09 AM   #27
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The lift started life as an industrial lift table that a previous owner hacked up a bit and cut to the size of a bike lift.
I like the industrial look to it even though it's not all pretty like a Handy lift.

I added a vise from Derek Weaver to replace the dirtbike hoop that was on it when I got it.

Another week for the metalwork... damn I need to learn to weld. I just know this will be expensive

Used it all day today and it's so nice being able to just roll onto it rather than going 9" up the ramp and not being able to reach the ground. Even sunk in, I still can't use the full height on the GS without taking off the windshield.

The only downside, and it's an upside too is that I keep dropping things into the pit. A pain because I have to reach under the lift which is something I don't like doing but on the other hand, no screws took off to never be found again today!
Very nice! (And very jealous!)

Magnet on a handle will become your best friend for stuff dropped in the pit. :)
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:48 PM   #28
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Ok, took a while to get the metal cut...
1/4" floor steel (hardened diamond plate) with U shaped supports underneath.
We attached using 1/8" angle iron down the entire length and at each end.
I need to figure out how to 'lock' it in place now so they can't move and I think we are golden.
Then it's on to cleaning it up and maybe bedliner.







Oh, that's dust on the steel, not rust.

Anyone think paint will hold up?
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:40 PM   #29
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If you roll the paint on it should hold up. Spray paint won't last to thin. Awesome setup looks awesome.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:42 AM   #30
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