Agreed. Most residential attics make lousy storage space anyway, not
being humidity and temp controlled, and the floor often not being rated
for human weight. I also didn't notice any sealing to keep the lift hole
from becoming a chimney in a fire. In a commercial building, a setup
like that would make your insurance underwriter laugh like hell as he
ripped up your policy. If you need a dumbwaiter, buy a dumbwaiter. If
you have a tall attic that can take the weight, and your stuff doesn't
mind the hot and damp, sacrifice a closet or the dead space in the top
of the stairwell, and frame in a staircase, even if it is just 4 giant
steps. In some commercial buildings, a fire-rated floor hatch and a
block and tackle or chain fall, like in an old barn, would be a solution.
I've cleaned out a lot of attics in my time, helping people move, or
doing estate cleanouts. In most cases, the vast majority of the stuff up
there is crap not worth storing, or if it was good when it went up
there, was trashed by the summer heat and winter damp.
I would love to make a career of cleaning attics......my favorite
antiques came from a condemned house. I had to wear roach-proof
clothing, take in a shovel and rake to move the trash so's I could get
my treasures out. It was February, so the roaches were a bit slow. On
my final inspection, I thought I might have found an antique Teddy bear,
but it was a dead cat. Didn't pick it up :o) I doused my "new" pie
safe and walnut table with bleach once I got them outside. I would not
have asked my husband to partake, but my best gal pal was game for
almost anything. Country auctions were my favorite entertainment for me
and children......fine furniture, cheap food, room to run.
Paper doesn't do well in attics, but I have a trunk that has crossed the
ocean and spent 154 years in cellars and attics, none the worse for
The weak link is the 200-pound test nylon rope. Replace that with 1/4" cable
and it should be good for 1,000 pounds. Harbor Freight even has a remote
control winch so you don't have to climb up the ladder first.
How much crap would you have to put in your attic to warrant the trouble to
make something like that? I have a artificial x-mas tree that I put up in
mine and take out once a year. Hardly worth the effort. Looks to me like
someone needs to build a shed.
That applies when the links are all in one chain, all in a row, or in
this case all the weight is in one corner.
If one puts 200 pounds on a platform with 4 ropes at the corners, if
the center of gravity of the load is in the center of the platform,
the load on each rope is 50 pounds. The closer the center of gravity
is to one rope, the greater load on that rope, but unless all 200
pounds are at corner A, the load on rope A is less than 200 pounds.
I had a friend who built a post an beam house on top of a full-story
His living room fireplace was therefore on the "second floor". While
he was building the house, he framed out an area next to the fireplace
for an elevator to bring wood up from the "basement".
He welded a box together and added some guides to follow the framing,
using a steel cable and pulley system powered by a 115 AC winch.
For a finishing touch, he made a miniature 6 panel pine door to match
the other 6 panel pine doors used throughout the house.
It was real nice system.
I cant see the video right now. But I secured a block and tackle to
my garage ceiling so I could hoist my lawn mower, snowblower, and
other crap onto a loft platform I built overhead. I can hook a cargo
bag to the rope or hook the mower itself. I get on a ladder, hoist te
item to the ceiling, then push the item onto the loft shelf. Loft
shelf is itself suspended from the ceiling joists.
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