no that was labour!
Originally Posted by dave 62 pb
at least dick turpin had the decency to wear a mask!
I'm on my second inspection pit now. The first was at our old house that was at the top of a long hill. This one is on flatter terrain.......
Fors: a) Once built it doesn't require much in the way of maintenance
b) You can get easily at all the stuff between the wheels
c) If coming at it afresh you can specify dimensions including height and access (I've got steps)
d) Once boards are on, it doesn't take up any space
e) I leave handbrake off car and roll car to and fro from underneath
f) I keep fit lifting the boards and climbing in and out.
g) Thinking about it, running two old cars I use it quite a lot
h) I can be the disembodied voice under the car, to anybody who doesn't know pit is there
Againsts: a) A lot of what's been said above. I impose on myself basic H&S rules, like when the boards are off, walking
around it as if I'm on a cliff edge.
b) Bit of a faff if you want to remove wheels whilst over pit ie putting odd boards back to jack on
c) Either because the installer somehow managed to puncture the damp proof membrane, or the high water table
means this one needs a submersible pump underneath pit floor to pump water out, which goes to a drainage ditch
down the side of the garden. The one in my old house was always totally dry.
Overall I'm happy, but if I had loads of space eg a four car garage, I'd have a two or four post lift. Since the pit was built the domestic lift market has taken off (risen?). My kid bro has a two poster and can store a sportscar on top and another below in his single width garage.
Pits are dangerous . I got caught in one when welding up an old beetle years ago.. It was a desperate effort to get out and I was lucky to escape with minor burns and a few scrapes in the scramble to get out ..
If you want to retain floor space and have a ramp, consider the scissor type lifts. But instead of just pulling it around the floor and tripping over it when not in use, dig a suitable sized hole that the lift can sit in so its flush or slightly lower than the floor level . If your not using it it can be covered over so you retain full floor space ..
something along these lines ..
I have one of the latter style , it doubles as a workbench when im not using it to lift a car .. I just lay an 8x4 foot inch thick sheet of ply over the top and raise or lower it to the ideal working height .. I dont have mine flush with the floor but I would have if the garage was built with it in mind ..
Last edited by redoxide; 11-02-2020 at 09:59.
Wish I could post pics on this site, I have 2 post, 4 post, and pit , I built "reserves" in the wall for cups of coffee and tools, a red brick staircase at one end with a door to straight outside at the top of them, never pull the car over yourself if room is tight. (Length)
I load cars on 2 post ramps daily and its a pain in the arse putting the arms under for small jobs.
If I had to choose between the 3, a 2 poster would win hands down though. Im thinking of a single side lift which are fkn awesome.....but, its around £3.5K for a "real" one
If digging a pit you must know how deep the water table is.....ask me how I know that LOL.
Last edited by 68roadrunner; 11-02-2020 at 13:37.
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^ How come you cannot post pictures on this site.
2 post and buy a new one.
I've had the misfortune of a second hand lift breaking here,with a car on it at full height.
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Thanks chaps (Red-oxide ). sum good thoughts like the comments will go for scissor type set in the flor
Last edited by keith ardley; 11-02-2020 at 19:24.
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Some "flash player" deal. I have just managed to start posting on YB, its so easy on there fk knows why they (AG) cant adapt the same format here.
Originally Posted by brading
I wish I could mate, I have interesting pics to share
I'm a grown up member now !
To concur with others, the main danger with a pit is the heavier than air, volatile gases that collect in them, ready to ignite when welding. Not a nice way to go, or lose your project. At my old school, we had some compact little scissor lifts which were superb. Not expensive, don't require too much space and you can change their location if required.