Someone on the group, Mark, I think, asked me for pics of my present hoist
rail in my old shop. This link is to a few, but the lighting in the old shop
is not so great these days, since I'm saving my cash for the new shop. OK to
work in, but not for pics. It also shows the vent hood for my welding table.
Note the PVC piping that will not be in my new shop. I'm one of the ones who
had an incident with it exploding.
I was hammering on a nearby ceiling joist, when a vertical run of PVC
exploded just a foot from my face. Luckily, the shards never hit me
directly. The particular piece was a piece of thinner wall that a helper
used when he ran out of the thick stuff, but that was enough for me.
Something different going in the new shop.
Hehe, I was waiting for that one. I buy and sell utility type items such as
tools and equipment to support my habit (shop). At the time of the shop
construction, I had a duct hoist used for raising sheet metal ductwork into
place in commercial buildings. It used a winch and cable system for
hoisting. Me cranking, along with a pair of friends balancing, put it
smoothly into position. I raised another one for an employee of mine by
welding tapped round stock slugs of 1 1/2" diameter on top of the beam. We
hole sawed 2" holes in his plywood ceiling, then used 4 runs of threaded rod
in short sections linked together by long hex connector nuts, to wind it
upwards into place, removing the individual pieces in the attic as we went.
The lengths of rod were alternated to allow removing them section at a time
while still controlling the load. Used ratcheting box end wrenches. Slow
work, but safe and absolute. High strength rods hung the beam in the end.
I'll see if I have a pic somewhere of that one as well.
Tested it by picking up the front end of a '66 Impala, clear of the floor.
It's been quite a while, but I think the deflection was about 1/8". It has a
mating member running along the tops of the trusses' lower chords. For
heavier loads, I use a pair of stiff knees with hydraulic jacks under them
on each side of the load. Loaded a 2,000 pound punch press like this.
The beam is 3" by 6" 'I' beam, 3/16" web. Don't remember the weight per
foot. I beam has sloped flanges, H beam or W beam does not Trolleys are
usually designed to be run on sloped flanges. Trolleys came from a friend
who's a used industrial equipment salvage yard operator. Last I beam I
priced new about 2 years ago was a little over a $100 for a 20 foot stick.
It is absolutely the best money I have EVER spent in any shop I have had.
I'm on my 4th one. The new shop will be designed around the beam and it's
The beam is supported every two feet between trusses with rods running up
into the attic. These rods run through timber sandwiching the trusses
between the hoist beam and the clamping beam. The pull is also at the lower
flange of the beam.
You couldn't afford to put in 3 new bulbs and make it
a bit brighter in there, RJ? <g>
Is that a welding vent hood or forge vent?
The body shop I worked in (as a wrench) had all PVC piping and when
it got hit, it simply broke. Nobody was ever impaled by any flying
pieces, but it sure was LOUD! I wouldn't use PVC now, but it worked
fine @ 110psi for the 5 years we were in the new buildings.
It looks like it could handle more than half a ton. Have you
ever been tempted to try? Are those HFT overhead trolleys?
Speaking of hoisty thangs, I need to mount that pickup truck
crane in my pickemup one of these fine (coming) spring days.
I think it's been in my shop for 9 months now.
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Larry, it's not just the bulbs. Those damn fixtures play musical lights with
me. Sometimes all on, sometimes 4 on. That shop will probably get sold to
the neighbor next door to it, or it will be used by me for dead storage.
Either way, right now, no more than I can get down there to work, It will
have to do.
All monies will be needed for restoration of the forklift and the new shop,
and then some. <G>
I'm having the same problem with some new (supposedly high-tech)
electronically ballasted fixtures. The things have gone through
nearly 30 tubes in under 2 years and one fixture is musical like
We're born hungry, wet, naked, and it gets worse from there.
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