08-29-2010 07:20 AM
I'm putting in a storage shelf (aka loft) in the garage and the engineer says I should use 2- 16" LVLs. For me those beams would weigh about 160 lbs each. I'd like to do this myself, so how can I hoist these up so I can set them? I can't rent a fork lift because it's inside a garage, it has to go 9' high so my A Frame ladder is not quite high enough to use as a tripod with come-alongs (besides I'll need that to actually set the beam) and I don't think screwing something into the ceiling will take the weight.
Has anyone else done something similar?
Any ideas? I'd really like to do this myself without having to rely on friends. I'd like to save myself the "you're doing it wrong" and "what are you doing that for".....
Thanks in advance.
08-29-2010 08:25 AM
Without seeing the situation can you place vertical 4x4 posts on each end and use the comealongs or a set of blocks attached to a eye bolt thru the 4x4 ? They also rent a hand operated fork lift for lifting duct work that normally has a capacity of 320 lbs or so. Also remember if you are trying to lift the beam while you are on the ladder, that weight is added to your weight and can bend the ladder steps Ok it will. Another way if you can secure a straight extension ladder some way and use that as a lifting point. It will need to be secure as you will probably be moving the beam around as you set it. Secure the ropes or slings on the beam that they cannot slide to the side. Roly
08-29-2010 02:59 PM
160 lb man can walk on ceiling joists. Hook come-a-lone to joist near the wall on both sides. Each one lifts 80 lbs. Or lay four by four across several joists for added strength.
08-29-2010 04:33 PM
I'd prefer not to. They don't have tall enough ladders and don't know if I want to take responsibility if one of them falls. Besides there will probably be more time spent explaining why I'm doing what I'm doing then actually lifting the beams.
08-29-2010 10:27 PM
Call your local rental yard and ask to rent a Genie lift and/or do a search on the web. This is the type of job they are made for and have used them for this exact work in the past.
08-30-2010 06:37 PM
You can do it yourself!!!!! You just need to think outside the box. I've done it.
Position the LVL's on the floor under where they are going to go.
Take (2) 2x4's and screw them to the top and bottom plates on neither side of the LVL's. You'll need 4, 2 per end.
Keep the 2x4's spaced so the LVL's will slide up between them as you lift the ends. They keep the beam from tilting over.
Now start jacking the beams up, They will slide up with out the possibilty of falling over.
Do a foot at a time.
As you get it up, screw a cross brace under the beam into the 2x4's.
Alternate each end until you get it into place.