question for guys with lifts in your shop

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  1. 5spd540

    5spd540 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    My concrete guy just called and said the rainy weather was going to put him out to the end of next week due to him finishing a big job he is on.:(
     
  2. sickfast1964

    sickfast1964 Veteran Member

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    I just went thru the same thing with my shop. The rain thru the winter kept pushing him back. Finally pushed thru and got er done.
     
  3. 5spd540

    5spd540 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yea I know the rain slows the process down. He has been pushing me back some but it's fine I am not in a hurry anyway.
     
  4. sickfast1964

    sickfast1964 Veteran Member

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    5spd. Just FYI. My sides are 10 ft tall but the roof pitch is pretty steep. The building is only 24 ft deep. From having a car in the bay the other day and the work bench and tool box in frt of it. It's going to be a tight fit in the rear raising a car up. I have roll up doors so they won't get in the way. Not sure how big your shop is going to be. But if I were going to start all over and ( had the room), I would build a 30 x40 with 12 ft side wall. You will no restrictions going with that size at all. IMO.
     
  5. dale68z

    dale68z Veteran Member

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    If you ever have a truck, or van you will want a 14' height.

    My shop has 13' roof height. A tall vehicle can not be raised all the way.
     
  6. 5spd540

    5spd540 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I am going to build it 24x32 because of the space I have. I can only go 14 ft per code but have to get that approved
     
  7. Marks71BB

    Marks71BB Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Consider using scissor trusses for increased headroom in the middle of the shop.
    Along with 12 foot sill plate it will be tight but do-able.
     
  8. 1934chevycoupe

    1934chevycoupe Veteran Member

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    i have a 2 bay garage, each bay is 45* on angle w/ the other. there is 1 block above the finish floor (8") then 8' studs. that gives me a 9' wall height, then i used scissor trusses in my lift bay, w/ a peak ceiling height of 15'. i have a bend pak 4 post, w/ the extra high legs....84". i can take the lift all the way up w/ the camaro on it, w/ no problems. and i have a ceiling fan that hangs down from the peak of the ceiling. btw, the bay is 29' deep - inside dimension, 30'-exterior. obviously, the shorter the bay, the less height you will get out of the scissor trusses.

    i originally set it up for a 2 post, w/ 6" concrete where the posts were going to be, but w/ a 4 post, you don't have that necessity. just pour a good 4" floor w/ at least 3500psi concrete. i'm all about overkill, so i did 4000, but that was thinking for the 2 post. and cut what i would call a stress cut, so it doesn't crack any which way. we put in 2 cuts, which made a 15'wide x 23'deep bay, a 15' wide x 29' deep bay, which left a pie shaped section between the 2, and no cracks after 3 years.
     
  9. OsborneConst

    OsborneConst Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I have 12' and have a 10,000 lb two post in it. If you are working on bigger trucks a lot, a 14 might be better. However, with that said, I have had all three of my 2500hd's on it. I have pulled transmissions, transfer cases, rear ends, etc, and I can get the truck plenty high for working on comfortably. I am 5' 10". I could actually get another 2-3 inches out of the lift, but the door opener is the first things that would get hit. I could move the opener higher, but haven't needed to yet. If I have a truck with a cap on it, I can't have the truck all the up, and lift the overhead door all the way up at the same time.

    This isn't the best picture, but I can get the truck about a foot higher than what this picture shows.

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  10. 5spd540

    5spd540 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    That looks low to me but maybe it's the pic
     

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