Lift project

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by trc.rhubarb, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    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:

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    A short while later...
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    Then this...
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    Which lead to this one
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    We finished with this:
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    And ended with my contractor admiring his day's work
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    Tomorrow is forms and concrete pouring...

    By Monday night, my bike lift will be in that hole! [​IMG] <!-- / message --><!-- sig -->
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  2. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Day 2 - Concrete!
    Building the form
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    Form is in
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    Pouring - ya that only worked for a minute, then on to scooping with buckets...
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    Screeding... too big of aggregate made it hard but they got it done.

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    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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  3. juddspaintballs

    juddspaintballs Never too many bikes

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    Sweet project. When I get a lift maybe I'll do this myself.
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  4. Balootraveler

    Balootraveler Been here awhile

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    Very cool, are you just parking bikes in there or cages too?
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  5. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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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 :D

    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! :freaky
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    ts3doug Long timer

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    I would enjoy thc rhubarb

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  7. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Very nice work! Looking forward to more pics!
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  8. trc.rhubarb

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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 [​IMG]
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    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.

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    My contractor in orange inspecting his work
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    All clean - well mostly [​IMG]
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  9. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    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! :D

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  10. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Cool project. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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  11. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Looking good! Keep up the good work! :clap

    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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  12. trc.rhubarb

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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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  13. Turbo Ghost

    Turbo Ghost Been here awhile

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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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  14. max384

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    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. :lol3

    Seriously though. It wouldn't be that much for each guy to lift with enough people.
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  15. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    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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  16. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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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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  17. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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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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  18. trc.rhubarb

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    That there sounds like a great idea!
    Never even entered my mind.
    Thanks!
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  19. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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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 [​IMG])

    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.

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    Contractor doing his daily inspection:
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    Bike pushed right on! Yay, perfect fit of lift to concrete!
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    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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  20. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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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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