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Old 08-29-2018, 12:12 AM   #21
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As an architect I can say that you should not alter the wood trusses. The size of their wood members and design of their metal joint connectors are designed by computers and made by companies to provide the MINIMUM and CHEAPEST results necessary to span a specified distance. Don't mess with them.

Yes, one can "raise" the trusses (with the roof) but must correspondingly increasing the height of the walls supporting them .... which requires carefully designed bracing.

But as a architect you know it can be done too. adding weight to a roof requires apt walls. If you have 6x2 walls at 32" on center you can support some wood and tin. You can add, with no issues thousand of pounds of drywall and insulation and no one questions. Adapting 2x4 trusses with stick 2x6 scissor trusses are not bad or end all. Same metal hardware is available.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:25 AM   #22
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Lots of good ideas guys, but I'm not going to mess with the garage. I'll just keep doing what I've done for 50 plus years. Thanks for all the comments though. old guy.
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:55 PM   #23
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Rich, don't give up on your idea for a lift. At 75, I can still crawl under the car, it's the coming out that's the problem!! Here in AZ, they build most houses on something called a "post tension" slab. This means there are cables in the concrete that are cranked down after the pour to keep the slab from cracking. Only problem is that you dare not drill into the floor for fear of hitting one of these. Once severed, the cable explodes, along with pieces of concrete. So my four post lift just sits in place and I use it almost everyday. I'd bet your garage floor concrete is plenty thick enough for one like this.


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Old 08-29-2018, 01:36 PM   #24
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My contractor told me that just about any garage built to code in the last 30 years has a floor good enough for a four post lift. This is not the case with a two post lift.
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Old 08-30-2018, 08:05 AM   #25
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Even if u find out it’s technically feasible & legal u may find its more economical to have the entire roof raised. Think u’ll find the labor cost in customizing an existing roof system with multiple levels excessive. Probably could build a new pole bldg. cheaper.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:07 AM   #26
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Anyone have a single post lift like this one?
ATLAS® PSP-6000 - 6,000 LB. PORTABLE SINGLE POST LIFT
https://www.naautoequipment.com/Atla...h-psp-6000.htm

A little pricey but works in a standard garage ceiling and you can move it out of the way when not needed.
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Old 09-05-2018, 09:49 AM   #27
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That lift looks very interesting. The price isn't too bad either, considering. I'm going to check into it further. The one thing I would worry about is it's stability.
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:17 AM   #28
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Anyone have a single post lift like this one?
ATLAS® PSP-6000 - 6,000 LB. PORTABLE SINGLE POST LIFT
https://www.naautoequipment.com/Atla...h-psp-6000.htm

A little pricey but works in a standard garage ceiling and you can move it out of the way when not needed.

Subtract the height of Your car from how far of the floor the bottom of Your trusses are and that it's how high you Can lift regardless the capability the lift. Without lifting Your trusses Will any lift raise the car far you need?
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Old 09-06-2018, 08:07 AM   #29
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ever wonder where all the old lifts from service stations went when they changed to "convenince stores"? i got my single post in ground lift made by Globe man. 25 yrs. ago. it is 5 ton and from the 50's or earlier. i think i paid 500.00 for it and i use it often. it has even worked for pulling motors. when i had my garage built i went 16ft. high so to have plenty of room. the hard part was digging the 8ft. deep hole for the cyclinder as we hit solid rock about 2ft. down. had to rent a jackhammer to get thru that. Mark
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