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 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.
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.
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!