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    Going to build a ceiling hoist...

    I don't have enough room in my bedroom to maneuver a regular hoyer lift and I don't have the money for an overhead hoist system so I designed a simple track and hoist system from parts from Ace and Harbor Freight.

    The rail and trolley portion I can get from Ace:

    https://www.acehardware.com/departme...-parts/5667472


    https://www.acehardware.com/departme...-parts/5667373


    And the hoist is from Harbor Freight:
    https://www.harborfreight.com/440-lb..._psugg_q=hoist

    These parts and bolts and miscellaneous parts should cost between $250 - $300 and will allow me to start getting out of bed after nearly 6 years of bed rest.
    I'll post pictures and video of it once we get it assembled and affixed to the ceiling.

    If you have any questions or comments, let me have it.

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    The main thing is what you have as far as structure to attach the rail to. You might have to beef up the ceiling framing above.

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    The rail is 12 feet long and I'll put a 3 1/2 lag bolt in each joist. As long as I stay around 200 pounds, I should be okay. Diet incentive. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rustyjames View Post
    The main thing is what you have as far as structure to attach the rail to. You might have to beef up the ceiling framing above.
    This.

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    What a great plan! And IMO, if it picks up the ceiling framing every 16" w/3 1/2" lag bolts you'll be fine.
    Just be sure your rail is running at 90* to the ceiling framing. If it's parallel, you'll need to get some additional reinforcement or mounting cats installed. Probably easier to rearrange the room for the lift than the framing

    PS: please post up pictures as this gets done.
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    The rail will be running perpendicular to the joists and at 12 feet long, it'll pick up 8 joists.
    Last edited by Scott C4/5; 02-15-2020 at 02:45 PM.

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    Great plan Scott.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott C4/5 View Post
    The rail will be running parallel to the joists and at 12 feet long, it'll pick up 8 joists.
    Do you mean perpendicular instead of parallel? 200lbs plus the weight of the hoist...dont want to see it all come crashing down on you. I need one of these to raise my powerchair to a height it can be worked on. Hope it works out for you!
    "Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed." - Hunter Thompson
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rook98006 View Post
    Do you mean perpendicular instead of parallel? 200lbs plus the weight of the hoist...dont want to see it all come crashing down on you. I need one of these to raise my powerchair to a height it can be worked on. Hope it works out for you!
    Yes, perpendicular... typo, and now fixed.

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    Here's a quick semi scale model image of a cross section of the ceiling and rail & hoist.

    This image lacks the detail that it really has.
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    Last edited by Scott C4/5; 02-15-2020 at 03:50 PM.

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