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Old 04-03-2013, 08:01 AM   #31
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Didn't think of rolling. I'll have to check my options there. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:28 PM   #32
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Can parts / nuts / bolts / tools drop down into the space below when the lift is up? How hard is it to remove the plates and get down to what you dropped?
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:29 PM   #33
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Yes, yes they can :) I dropped a lot down there last weekend before the plates arrived.
You can reach right under the lift to get whatever you drop or use a magnet on a stick... It's good and bad. Bad that they went under the lift into a pit, good because they are in the pit and not in neverland with the trolls that steal everything that drops in the garage. :)
The plates right now are just sitting in place. I want to figure out a way to pin them but I might just end up using small recessed machine screws to bolt them in. My plan originally accounted for a friction fit figuring that they would be too heavy to move easily. They weigh about 50lbs each at most, so between the light weight and the smooth bottom they can shift when the lift is up.

Although they aren't heavy, they are awkward and do massive damage to anything they touch/graze, so I don't envision taking them off except to service the hydraulics in the event of a failure.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:18 AM   #34
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Didn't think of rolling. I'll have to check my options there. Thanks for the idea!
I like Rustoleum. It goes on fairly thick, and dries hard, but doesn't chip easily. I use a short nap 4" roller.

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:37 AM   #35
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I like Rustoleum. It goes on fairly thick, and dries hard, but doesn't chip easily. I use a short nap 4" roller.

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I, too, have had good luck with Rustoleum in a can . . . .
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:56 AM   #36
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Awesome project. Simple design, good execution, and great efficient use of space. I will have to keep this filed away in the back of my mind...
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