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Old 02-20-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
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Those who I have discussed this with have told me it's impossible and cant be done. Well... lets see about that!



Pictured above is my garage. It's a spacious garage... but only for cars. Both my Nissan Titan and Toyota Landcruiser are unable to enter the garage because the of overhead clearance issues. My idea is to separate the roof frame from the wall frames, and jack it up 2-3 feet and install wall extension frames to raise the walls 2-3 feet and secure the roof to the frames, thus increasing the overhead clearance of the garage. Not only to gain access with my 4x4s, but to also be able to have them up on jack stands in the garage.

Obviously I will need a new garage door set-up. That is in the 'plans'. I will also be re-enforcing the walls not only to carry the weight better, but to be able to take 6"s of insulation instead of 4"s (the walls are 2x4 unfinished right now).

I've already worked out how I'm going to jack it up and have it stabilized and guided while it is being jacked up. The idea is to plan thoroughly and the set-up and preparation for this is what will take the longest. Once it is go-time, I plan that the separation, lift, frame installation, drop and secure of the roof will take not even half a day if I can get about 6 worthy hands. After the roof is all set, I'll take it easy and start the outer walls, frame re-enforcement, door, and then re-side the garage at a later date.

Am I crazy?

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i say go for it baby!

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Old 02-21-2011, 06:40 AM   #3
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Why not Raise the garage off the slab and set it on a short wall?
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:49 AM   #4
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Assuming you know your way around tools (not referring to your help!), will you be taking responsibility for your helpers safety?
Have you also figured in moving electrical wiring?
If you think this will less less than half a day, then come and work for me! Make an estimation of time and at least double it!
Looks to me like you could squeeze in a higher door and MAYBE install collar ties with some modifications without raising the roof
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:39 AM   #5
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Have you considered raising the entire building instead of the separating the walls & roof?
The separation involves a lot of cutting and denailing, electrical, and a whole bunch of trim details.

Idea.... Raise the walls and the roof together, then build block wall to new height. Install new PT sill anchored to the block. Lower building down onto new sill.

Raising the roof and walls as a unit makes things a lot simpler and safer.

I've done this in the past as a remodeling contractor and had good luck with this system.

Just a different way....

TNUT's came on as I was slowly typing....
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As I look at the pic, I would suggest you raise your garage to a height where the eaves line up with the eaves on the main house.

This could lend itself well to an attached breezeway in the future.

Just trying to help with more projects.......
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Hey!!! I looked again and you're in Lewiston!!

I'm in Windham

No wonder your truck look like it needed a wash....wanna come down and do mine while you're at it?
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Why not Raise the garage off the slab and set it on a short wall?
Ayuh,... Agreed,... Much easier, Much safer, 'n a Better product when done...
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My recommendations in order of first to last:

1 Install a taller garage door, even if this means you have to install collar ties and cut out ceiling joists.

2 Raise the whole building and install a new stem wall. Block would be my first choice of material and wood second.

3 Buy smaller cars (just kidding)

4 Your plan. Think long and hard about how you will keep the roof in one piece after you free it from the walls.

BTW- I am originally from Presque Isle, and I am glad I was not there (or anywhere North) this winter.
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look, if you raised the entire buildings that's going to cause an issue....her basketball hoop won't be regulation anymore!!

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look, if you raise the entire building that's going to cause an issue....the basketball hoop won't be regulation anymore!!
He doesn't use it anyway...

otherwise there would be black circles all around the hoop where he's been banging it off the wall......
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haha, then again, she may be so go that it's nothing but nets everytime....that could be how she got the funding to lift the garage!! NBA contract?

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Living in Lewiston?
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BTW- I am originally from Presque Isle,
Ayuh,... Lotsa Maineiacs in this thread,... I'm originally from Old Town, 'n still have a place in Clifton...
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let the air out of the tires?

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