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How valuable is an inside lift?
#1405660 Sun Apr 11 2021 09:27 PM
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I need some input from some of you. I'm modifying a building on my property to build a workshop. It only has 7 foot ceilings. That is enough room to install a garage door, but not high enough to open it. I am face with a choice of a minor modification to get clearance to open the door, or totally raise the roof. If I raise the roof, I'm thinking about going 12 foot ceilings so I can install a lift. If I don't raise the roof and still want a lift, I may build a separate "carport" style roof outside for a lift. It is way more expensive and time consuming to raise the roof.

Any input is appreciated.


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Re: How valuable is an inside lift?
oldieoldie #1405663 Sun Apr 11 2021 09:39 PM
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No brainer. Inside lift very valuable. Can't comment on extra price for raising roof. But that would create huge storage upstairs or a place to sleep. smile


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Re: How valuable is an inside lift?
oldieoldie #1405701 Mon Apr 12 2021 01:01 AM
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You didn't say how big the building is...If it's only one bay than a lift will take up a lot of floor space when not being used.

How often will you use the lift? Occasional oil change and tire rotation, or year round auto mechanic stuff? If just occasionally, than I'd put it outside under a carport roof.

Mike B smile

Re: How valuable is an inside lift?
oldieoldie #1405703 Mon Apr 12 2021 01:16 AM
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I would also like a lift, but I can't justify the cost to modify my garage or rebuild my carport to handle the extra width and height. I wish I had the foresight years ago when the carport was built.


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Re: How valuable is an inside lift?
oldieoldie #1405709 Mon Apr 12 2021 01:52 AM
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Can't lifts be left in up position? Sitting on the locks. Then just the post footprint affecting floor space.


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Re: How valuable is an inside lift?
oldieoldie #1405716 Mon Apr 12 2021 03:03 AM
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IMHO, a seven foot ceiling isn't adequate for working on vehicles, especially trucks.

A friend of mines dad many years ago wanted to add a second story to their house. He decided that he already had a good roof, so he raised the house and added another level beneath. He didn't just dig out the basement but really did raise the entire house and framed another story under the old.

Raise the roof,raise the building or build a new garage if you have the room.

Another option would be to buy a large shop with a detached house. grin

John


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Re: How valuable is an inside lift?
oldieoldie #1405718 Mon Apr 12 2021 03:19 AM
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"Another option would be to buy a large shop with a detached house" Now that's a good one. grin


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Re: How valuable is an inside lift?
oldieoldie #1405754 Mon Apr 12 2021 04:08 PM
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When you raise your roof, you might want to consider just installing a steel I beam under your your ridge beam.
With a couple of chain hoists, you can move almost anything. I have a “shelf” at on end of the garage where, when I remove the body, I lift it up with the chain hoist and slide it on so I can work on the chassis.

Mike

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Re: How valuable is an inside lift?
oldieoldie #1405762 Mon Apr 12 2021 05:45 PM
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Is that just rafters and rafter ties holding that I beam up there?

Re: How valuable is an inside lift?
oldieoldie #1405808 Mon Apr 12 2021 11:21 PM
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I have trusses every 12 feet and rafters between every 2 feet. I do this as a hobby, so occasional use is when it will be used. So between the trusses I have clearance at the center of 12 and a half feet. I have plenty of room to work on trucks, including my 2 ton. As I get older, it gets harder to crawl around under a vehicle, even with a creeper. I think I'm leaning toward an outside lift, covered with a carport, and tarped when not in use. I am getting an i-beam from work they want to toss and I already have a trolley and chain hoist because I had an I-beam at my last house.

Thanks for everybody's input.


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