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Old 06-09-2015, 01:05 AM
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Hoist in the garage

Hey guys... I have a question about a hoist for hard tops. I just purchased and painted a great hard time for my yj. I have a cart to place it on also but I would rather put it in the garage during the summer months. I thought about using a hoist but I am a little concerned about the weight of a hard top. I live in a two story home and the hardtop would be positioned right under my gym room which has a weight set and treadmill. Both are pretty heavy. Just worried about compromising the integrity of the support beams. Any suggestions?

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Old 06-09-2015, 01:22 AM   #2
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Are you going to use a pulley system and ropes or a real "hoist"?

The top can't weigh that much... Wouldn't think it would even put a dent on the upper floor unless your overhead hoist is compiles and heavy.

I would use the bike hoist kit that they sell at harbor freight (can see my bikes in profile pic) only cost like $8 a set and would work great for a top if you set it up right.

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Old 06-09-2015, 01:58 AM
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Sounds like a good ideal. I will go to harbor freight and check out their bike waste. the hardtop weighs 150 pound. since it will have three points of support with the hoist, that will create an even distribution of stress. I will go get the hoist from Harbor Freight tomorrow. thanks for the suggestion. any other suggestions from anybody?
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I have owned a hard top " sold it cause I saw no need for it" and I was able to lift it myself so they aren't heavy just awkward and as a licensed carpenter I can say that unless your house is over 100 years old your floor system should have absolutely no problem holding up a hard top and a gym above it. If you feel Leary you can always re-enforce the points that are holding the hoist. What type of floor system do you have above your garage? 2x12's? I joists? Floor trusses? Any of those are more than sufficient
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:34 PM
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Putting it up on a hoist would be the best thing for me. I would not have to ask friends to help me take it off and put it on. what type of hoist do you guys recommend? The expensive $400 one on Quadratech or building my own? I have a friend who has good experience with putting up hoist. So I will probably go along with the latter.

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Old 06-09-2015, 04:03 PM   #6
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4 eye hooks, 4 ratchet/pull down straps is all i used. Make sure to put the eye hooks into a beam, and protect (i use some soft towels) where the straps touch your hardtop.
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4 eye hooks, 4 ratchet/pull down straps is all i used. Make sure to put the eye hooks into a beam, and protect (i use some soft towels) where the straps touch your hardtop.
I did something very very similar to what you did except I ran box tube through the lifting eyes and did some light welding and made cranks. Used climbing rope. I had the box tube and eyes already. Final cost was only the rope $15
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That's slick
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Floors are typically designed to accommodate 50lbs per square foot. Your weight set on the second floor is more of a concern than your hardtop hanging from the bottom.
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:48 AM
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Thanks guys for all your input. I will be starting on this project soon and will post pics when completed
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Built the one below 3 years ago. Ratchet straps were just a backup. I plan on making a pulley system for the backup this year or next.



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