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Dutch Redneck Garage Storage Solutions Part 2

We have grass in our yard and as a result we need to mow our grass every now and then..The lawn mower (a slightly over sized 6.75HP self-propelled Craftsman) lives in the garage, which creates the following case:

  • Until the boys are old enough to handle the lawn mower, the girls mow the lawn
  • In light of my recent garage cleanup and storage frenzy, the lawn mower cannot be on the garage floor.
  • the lawnmower is heavy

The only feasible solution for this case is to store the lawnmower on the ceiling of the garage, however this will have to be in a way that the girls can take the mower out of its storage place and return it with a minimum effort. This to counter the “but I couldn’t get the lawnmower down” excuse to the inquiry “why didn’t you mow the lawn?”. I decided that an electric hoist was the solution. I started looking around on Craigslist for a suitable unit. I discovered pretty quick that these hoists seem to retain their value pretty well and, as always, this project could not cost too much.
I have a neighbor, whom i consider a good friend. He’s a true Husker and as such never too busy to help out with good advice or a helping hand. My luck: he had a hoist sitting around which he wasn’t using. and which he was willing to give me for a very friendly price!

The hoist

The hoist

The first step was to find a suitable location, out of the way of any vehicles that might be parked in the garage. Two reasons: 1- to avoid excuses 2 – to make sure that the only two results of a poorly rigged lawnmower are damage to the lawnmower and grounding of the guilty party.
I cut a steel rail in half and attached it to 4 individual ceiling studs with 3/8 lag bolts.

The Rail, attached to 4 studs with 3/8 lag bolts

The Rail, attached to 4 studs with 3/8 lag bolts

I had to design and build some rigging for the lawnmower. I decided on coated steel cable with hooks which would be strong, keep the lawnmower straight with no chance of moving and as fool proof as possible.

The rigging. Steel cable, hooks and a hoist point

The rigging. Steel cable, hooks and a hoist point (can’t wait to clean that floor)

Rigging close up

Rigging close up

 

After double/triple checking all the components for strength and bearing capacity I was ready to hang the hoist. My dad was around luckily to help me with that, it is HEAVY! When it was attached, it was time for the final step: hanging the lawnmower!

one of my cooler storage solutions!

one of my cooler storage solutions!

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