Originally Posted by timmy2004
I think Im gonna try an electric hoist from harbor freight and just get some nylon rope to secure it.
That's what I did, but I used ratcheting straps:
I also do not have rafters in the garage attic. It creates a problem if you want to raise the top almost flush to the ceiling and I needed the top almost flush. So what I did was cut the hole in between two studs, and layered different size 2x4's like a pyramid to distribute the weight and get the winch raised. I did this on 2 sides parallel to each other and not parallel to the attic studs. The longest ones in the bottom.
I then purchased a 4' piece of steel pipe that is squared and has holes in it from Home Depot (don't know what it's called) But it's strong. The winch's top (from Harbor Freight) has 2 brackets on top that bolt to it. I slid the pipe through the winch's brackets and rested the pipe between the 2x4 raised lifts that I made so that the winch rests between them. I then centered the winch to the hole in the ceiling and lag bolted the pipe to the 2x4's.
I raised the winch enough so that the winch hook would go inside the attic.
Now I can raise the top really close to the ceiling.