Showing the construction of my garage lift with some explanation as to how it is put together. Below are a few links to some of the stuff I used for construction: Unistrut Channel: https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/48424 Unistrut Channel Trolleys (ugh... I called them "dollies"): https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/11241051 Electric Cable Hoist: http://www.princessauto.com/en/search?Dy=1&Nty=1&Ntt=cable+hoist Design which I based my lift on: http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=233122&page=3
Elevator in garage
Made an elevator to access the mezzanine in my shop. Barn door box rail, 2,000 lb winch, solar charged battery, custom made elevator base, UHMV roller guides. Still have to complete wiring with NC magnetic reed switched upper and lower stops.
The video describes why a friend of mine built this elevator. It does not, however, explain why I am so interested in it... For several years, I have wanted a freight elevator from my garage up to my house. I even designed an elevator shaft into a house re-model that we did a few years ago. Unfortunately, we could not afford the elevator at that time, so we placed a floor in between levels and had "stacked closets" which we used for storage. NOTE: At the time, a real elevator designed for a house would be about $50,000. We later decided we'd have to settle for a vertical platform lift. It would not be fancy, but it would only cost about $15,000 for parts and installation. Still, I was not quite ready to spend that money. Too many other things seemed more important. Then my friend and colleague built this elevator to lift shingles onto his roof. It cost him about $400 and an afternoon of labor. I wanted IN ON THIS!! With some design modifications and improvements, he is designing for me a variant of this elevator that will be custom fit into my elevator shaft. I will finally have the freight elevator that I've been wanting, and it will cost just over $1,000. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UPDATE REGARDING MY UPCOMING GARAGE ELEVATOR: We have already prepared the shaft and started preliminary installation of components common to the shaft walls. Although this is being designed as a freight elevator, it can easily carry people. Therefore, Dan is designing a number of safety elements into it. Due to that, the cost will increase to about twice the original $1,000 estimate, but I approved it. Theoretically, it should cost far more than that, but Dan is able do most of his own fabrication work (mill, lathe, weld). The main safety device that Dan designed is based on whether or not there is tension on the cables. Anything that releases tension, such as a broken cable, will immediately activate spring loaded actuators underneath the elevator car floor that will shoot hardened steel catches out into the slots of machined steel tracks mounted on the sides of the elevator shaft. There will also be a trap door at the top of the car for an emergency exit. At some point in the future when the work is all done, I will be releasing a video of that task. ELEVATOR MUSIC provided "Royalty Free" by Benjamin Tissot. Track = "Straight" http://www.bensound.com/straight
Details to the garage lift