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Leroy's Elevator

I know the title suggests that this is an Off Topic post, but let me explain.

When we moved into New House, we didn't have a  place to store a lot of Big Green Egg items until we could get our New Coop built.  We didn't have room in the house and really needed the space in the garage, the attic was the only place we could store it.  But ..... well, I'll let the video tell how a solution came about.

You might get a kick out of it. Or maybe even some ideas. 

It explains everything. 

https://youtu.be/au2-9RkvC7I 

Now to building New Coop. 

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  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,332
    Very innovative! Very cool!
  • WoodchunkWoodchunk Posts: 638
    Excellent job
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,468
    Very cool indeed.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bradleya123bradleya123 Posts: 149
    BZ!!
    Retired Navy, LBGE
    Durham, NC

  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,296
    NICE!

    My kids could entertain themselves on that for days!
    LBGE - 36Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,017
    Genius. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

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  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    Nicely done sir!! =)
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
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  • sloveladslovelad Posts: 1,715
    I like it! My own concern is the harbor freight winch. Would like to see it have some type of fail safe in the event the motor gives out or breaks. (That’s the way I think as a lawyer) but otherwise, you might seriously be on to something here for your community. Don’t be surprised if all your neighbors want one
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 7,900
    slovelad said:
    I like it! My own concern is the harbor freight winch. Would like to see it have some type of fail safe in the event the motor gives out or breaks. (That’s the way I think as a lawyer) but otherwise, you might seriously be on to something here for your community. Don’t be surprised if all your neighbors want one
    Agree. I went for a ride in it last weekend and it's solid as a rock. But might fall like a rock if a gear or cable fail.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,770
    Great project across the board from concept, to design and then build and install.  Congrats.  
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,247
    slovelad said:
    I like it! My own concern is the harbor freight winch. Would like to see it have some type of fail safe in the event the motor gives out or breaks. (That’s the way I think as a lawyer) but otherwise, you might seriously be on to something here for your community. Don’t be surprised if all your neighbors want one
    I mentioned the safety issues in the credits at the end of the video.  The hoist motor has a long history of performing well as a budget device.  It has an automatic motor lock-up feature should the power fail.  It can't 'free-wheel' out of control.  As for the hoist itself, it is designed to lift 750 pounds with a single cable, or 1300 pounds with the cable looped through a block on the elevator and hooked back to the hoist.  It doubles the capacity but cuts the speed in half.  I doubt that I would ever have a total weight of over 600 pounds, including the elevator itself.  Naysayers are asking to ride it now that it's finished.  It's really nothing new.  Dumbwaiters have been in use for decades if not centuries.  Similar devices powered by men and horses have lifted crops and building materials upward since the stone ages.  All I did was take someone else's ideas and combine them with my own ideas.  And it works like a champ.  I can assure you that I feel much safer on the elevator than on that flimsy pull-down ladder.
  • DobieDobie Posts: 2,366
    I want an elevator now  :|
    Not playing well with others in Jacksonville FL
  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,981
    Well done Leroy.  Looking forward to seeing the new Coop built.
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs, Humphrey's Weekender, Superior Smokers SS-Two, MAK 1-Star General, Hasty Bake Gourmet, Santa Maria Grill, Thai Charcoal cooker, Webers: 18.5" WSM, 22.5" OTG, 22.5" Kettle Premium, WGA Charcoal, Summit S-620 NG

    Bay Area, CA
  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,802
    Can that thing launch a rocket??
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 7,900
    edited February 8
    Rascal said:
    Can that thing launch a rocket??
    It launched an attic full of boxes and Leroy. No proto types needed.lol
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,317
    slovelad said:
    I like it! My own concern is the harbor freight winch. Would like to see it have some type of fail safe in the event the motor gives out or breaks. (That’s the way I think as a lawyer) but otherwise, you might seriously be on to something here for your community. Don’t be surprised if all your neighbors want one
    Maybe you could make up some labels for the danger condition?   =) 

    Sorry, low hanging fruit.  
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  • sloveladslovelad Posts: 1,715
    @tarheelmatt with comments like that you will hit 10k in no time...
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 26,662
    Very cool, Leroy!
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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,317
    slovelad said:
    @tarheelmatt with comments like that you will hit 10k in no time...
    It's a neat idea, really, and makes Leroy's like much easier!  


    Sorry you're more serious these days though.  Sorry sir.  
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  • sloveladslovelad Posts: 1,715
    @tarheelmatt just messing with you. On a serious note, I will do just about anything for money... so making stickers is not out of the question lol
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 5,682
    This is super cool. You should join the garagejournal and add this video. Again, super cool. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • KchevesKcheves Posts: 70

    Neat idea.

    Q: When you cut the attic joists to create the opening in the garage ceiling, did you tie those back into the adjacent joists?  It was hard to see in the video, but it looked like you might not have.

    "Semper ubi sub ubi"

    San Diego, CA

  • StillH2OEggerStillH2OEgger Posts: 1,909
    That is all kinds of awesome. Great work pulling it off.
    Stillwater, MN
  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,247
    Kcheves said:

    Neat idea.

    Q: When you cut the attic joists to create the opening in the garage ceiling, did you tie those back into the adjacent joists?  It was hard to see in the video, but it looked like you might not have.

    Yes.  It wouldn't work if you didn't cap off the ends of the  cut joists.  The plate across the joist ends was actually doubled for strength.  I should never see a crack in the ceiling due to sagging.  All the weight going on the elevator is actually supported by the hoist cable.  The hoist frame itself is built from the floor up to maximize the support.  The tracks are really nothing but 'guides' to keep the elevator 'on track.'  When you think about the process from start to finish, it's simple, makes good sense and can't help but work when installed properly.  Whoever came up with the original idea to use these basic materials was the original genius.  The rest of us just built on his (or her) idea.
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 4,494
    That is a great idea, nice work.
                                                                        
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  • KchevesKcheves Posts: 70

    Sounds solid.  I assumed you had, I just couldn't tell.

    "Semper ubi sub ubi"

    San Diego, CA

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,523
    Man it's so cool to see you all in the new place! Awesome video of an elevator project that borders on genius. So happy for y'all. Cheers!
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  • Nice build. 

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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 2,971
    Those things have their ups and downs =)
    Visalia, Ca
  • Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,247
    lkapigian said:
    Those things have their ups and downs =)
    There's a way to make 'em go sideways too.  Just mount the hoist on a rail.  Once the load is lifted up, it can now be moved to the side for placement.  I'm not sure I can make mine do that without really complicating my life. LOL
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