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  1. #1
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    Default garage Elevator Man lift project

    I would like to build a man lift/elevator with a 1000lbs capacity.

    I have been looking for a used palette lift but haven't seen one locally for over a year. Shipping is cost prohibitive.

    The attic opening is 4x6' and the total lift height needs to be 9'

    The platform should also fold to save space when not in use.

    I was thinking of hydraulic or worm gear type or even a winch with pulleys.

    Open to suggestions!

    What size/type and thickness of steel should I use?

    Thanks

    Eric

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    Anytime a post starts with:

    "I'd like to build a XXXX".

    And ends with:

    "What style/type and thickness of steel".

    You know this, the poster has no buisness building "XXXX". Either get someone else to do the job, or educate yourself to the point that you don't have to ask kindergarden level questions. That way nobody will likely get hurt. At your present level of understanding you are a disaster just a waiting to happen.

    Or buy a used scissor lift.

    Either way you need to gain a significant amount of knowledge before embarking, and asking what type of material isn't educating yourself. Price check liability insurance for the work you're contemplating and you'll have maybe an idea what might be involved.

    JT
    Some days you eat the bear. And some days the bear eats you.

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    JT is correct.
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    FYI - Most winches are not designed for a vertical pull/load holding. I Definately would not go that route....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTMcC View Post
    Anytime a post starts with:

    "I'd like to build a XXXX".

    And ends with:

    "What style/type and thickness of steel".

    You know this, the poster has no buisness building "XXXX". Either get someone else to do the job, or educate yourself to the point that you don't have to ask kindergarden level questions. That way nobody will likely get hurt. At your present level of understanding you are a disaster just a waiting to happen.
    Your reply to the post in question was not only insulting but also very
    negative, perhaps you should be in politics.
    Last edited by R W; 01-21-2013 at 01:28 AM.

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    I think the JTMcC had a good point. It might have been harsh but it is true. Whenever I have started a project with those questions I quickly learn I shouldn't be doing it. So I go out and learn like crazy. I learn from the internet, from people in my community, and from professionals with experience. I check out what is working and then I restart the project. All of a sudden things make sense and the level of my questions goes way up. Instead of asking someone to design and cut everything for me free of charge so that I can glue it together with a little mig welder, I am calculating max sheer forces of hardware or tweaking designed to maximize strength while minimizing weight.

    People haven't been all sweet and cuddly like our culture seems to think we should be. That is okay! In the end ericher will have a better system from this, I hope. Now get the F@#$ over it and start learning.
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    I guess to people who were raised playing soccer where they don't keep score and everybody get's a "participant/winner" medal the facts of any situation can appear harsh.

    But when you make welds and build things can can damage property or start the bleeding there are no "participant" awards.

    You can find an endless stream of folks on the interwebs that'll give you a "yea! yea! you can do it!"
    You can also find (if you look) people who'll give you real world advise based on experience.

    I'm old enought that I played sports when they kept score and somebody had to lose, so forgive me for not being as touchy feely as you're wanting but it is what it is. Some folks are very thin skinned and are just looking for an injustice or personal attack where none exist.

    But I'll stand by my comment that you need to gain considerable knowledge (not on internet forums) if you expect to build a working, troublefree, safe manlift in your garage.
    When you jump into the world of critical welds, the consequences can be harsh.

    If you don't confuse the presentation of facts with "being mean", life will go smoother.

    JT
    Some days you eat the bear. And some days the bear eats you.

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    Default garage Elevator Man lift project

    "You know this, the poster has no buisness building "XXXX". Either get someone else to do the job, or educate yourself to the point that you don't have to ask kindergarden level questions"

    Thought I would ask the "experts"; if you don't know the answer no need to ridicule me a mere mortal.

    Liability insurance?? Will be used at home for my purposes by myself only. Oh yah I don't live in the USA where everybody is lawyered up and looking for an easy pay day.

    Would I build this for someone else or for money? No as I don't want someone using the lift above capacity or incorrectly and getting injured.

    I can build whatever I want at home and utilize it as I see fit and nobody can tell me otherwise including you!

    Thanks 4 nothing

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericher69 View Post
    "You know this, the poster has no buisness building "XXXX". Either get someone else to do the job, or educate yourself to the point that you don't have to ask kindergarden level questions"

    Thought I would ask the "experts"; if you don't know the answer no need to ridicule me a mere mortal.

    Liability insurance?? Will be used at home for my purposes by myself only. Oh yah I don't live in the USA where everybody is lawyered up and looking for an easy pay day.

    Would I build this for someone else or for money? No as I don't want someone using the lift above capacity or incorrectly and getting injured.

    I can build whatever I want at home and utilize it as I see fit and nobody can tell me otherwise including you!

    Thanks 4 nothing
    1) Dont come to an AMERICAN website hosted by an AMERICAN company and bash AMERICA because it will get you no where fast.

    2) Wherever this will be installed, used by you and you only does not make it safe. You will not own that building forever - no one ever has and no one ever will. There is always the potential for someone else to get hurt because of someones stupidity.

    3) You build whatever you want at home and utilize it as you see fit - I have a feeling no one here will tell you any different on how to use it or build it.

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