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Old 02-11-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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mounting a hanger for a hoist


I want to mount a bracket to my joist to hang a hoist or pulley from. My joist I want to attach to has been reinforced and is ready to go, but I'm not sure what to do. Do I just need a flat bar of steel with a hole in it to wrap around the joist? It sounds like I shouldn't screw into the joist because that may weaken it, but then what? Does anyone have any suggestions?

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We need to know a couple things first.

1) what is the hoist going to be lifting? (Don't say engines)
2) what dimension are your joists?
3) how does the hoist hang? From a chain? Eye bolt? Etc...
4) when you say the joist has been "reinforced", what do you mean?

Pictures would help a great deal

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1. i'm just settin it up for general use. i just built the garage and they put up a center truss that was overbuilt to hold up to 500 lbs of standing weight. the bottom cross beam of the joist is like a 2x4 or 6. not sure. i don't have pics, sorry. and i don't know how to hang the hoist. that's my question. i thought i would make some sort of a "u" shaped flat iron bar that hung over the truss. the builder told me not to screw into the truss as it would weaken it. so i was trying to figure out how to hang something to attach a hoist or pully to. does that help clarify?
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Ahhh, got it. I'd think that you could have a welder make you a nice U-shaped steel saddle from some 3/8" or 1/2" steel bar stock that would slip over the truss and hang down a couple inches. A couple holes could be drilled in it to accomodate a shackle, to which you could hook the hoist.

Your builder is 100% correct about not drilling into the truss. A few nails won't hurt anything if you need to, but no holes and no bolts.
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