Lift project

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

  1. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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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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  2. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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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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  3. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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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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  4. erda

    erda Been here awhile

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    So, what is the brand/model of lift you are using?
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  5. kirkster70

    kirkster70 moto junkie

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    Excellent! It will look really nice when you trim it out with the metal! Nice install!:clap
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  6. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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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 :eek1

    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! :clap
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  7. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Been here awhile

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    Very nice! (And very jealous!)

    Magnet on a handle will become your best friend for stuff dropped in the pit. :)
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  8. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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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.

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

    Anyone think paint will hold up?
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  9. J&K

    J&K Been here awhile

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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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  10. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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    Suh weet.
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  11. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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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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  12. ttime4four

    ttime4four Been here awhile

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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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  13. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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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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  14. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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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.

    Jim :brow
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  15. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I, too, have had good luck with Rustoleum in a can . . . .
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  16. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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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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