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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Re: FEL one man lift fabrication?
For high lift work, I built a T-bar setup to replace the bucket on my loader It gives me a 4' high platform 4' off the ground when the loader arms are fully down. When I add a 12' section of the 3' walkway deck from my old pool and raise it to max height, I have a scaffold at 9.5' above ground. I stabilize it with 2x4 legs clamped near the ends of the deck section.
I didn't use it often, but it has done a lot of work for me lifting things like a roll of carpet to the second floor of my house, construction materials for the house roof to the top of the carport roof that is only a couple of feet below the house roof, the beam that supports the carport roof into place, and all of the drywall for the inside of the house through the living room window that is 6' above grade, as well as using it for a working platform for starting the roof shingling.
I also used it to move a fully constructed 12x16 cedar pool deck from my yard to the next door neighbour's yard when we sold him the old pool. It had to pass through the 11' wide space between our back deck and the 42" fence at the edge of the driveway. No problem. Just had to lift it high enough to clear the fence with the support legs hanging 4' below the deck. With the bottom of the deck already 4' above grade on the T-bar, that meant only lifting it 42".
Note that most of the work was done as a solo performance. For the drywall, I handled the outside work getting it off the trailer and transporting it to the window and my nephew did the inside work unloading and stacking it on the floor. No stairs were climbed in moving 5700 lb of drywall into a high rise house.
Sorry, no pics. This was all done well before I joined MTF in 2009, and the computer that had a few crashed in '03.
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