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Engine Hoist “Scaffold” Works Great To Install Ceiling
Dean Aasheim, Canton, S. Dak., converted a rolling engine hoist into a handy scaffold that makes it easier to work on 14-ft. ceilings inside a building he added onto his mobile home.
The scaffold extends up to 9 ft. in height. It has a fixed set of 4 vertical 1 1/4-in. support pipes and a 4 by 8-ft. platform that can be raised or lowered to any spot on the pipes. Aasheim welded a short length of 1-in. tubing to the hoist’s arm, and also welded a long horizontal bar to an angle iron frame that supports the platform. A bolt that runs through the bar serves as a pivot point, allowing the platform to remain level as it’s raised or lowered.
The old engine hoist rides on 4 swivel caster wheels with a hand-pumped jack. He bolted together sheets of 1/2-in. plywood to form an enclosure that stabilizes the scaffold. The enclosure was made by bolting the plywood sheets onto angle iron brackets welded to each of the scaffold support pipes.
He cut 2 handholds into one end of the enclosure. “To move the scaffold I jack up the hoist until the far end of the scaffold is just high enough to clear the floor, then grab the handholds and roll the scaffold around,” says Aasheim.
“With the platform set at 7 1/2 ft. I can stand and easily reach the top of the roof.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dean Aasheim, 47822 289th St., Canton, S. Dak. 57013 (ph 605 408-4472).

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1