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Old 07-18-2018, 06:35 AM   #16
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I saw another video somebody using a ladder to hang a hoist from. I think I came up with an easy to assemble brace. 2x4 legs (12' now - what I had) with 1.5" holes cut near the top. 1.25" metal rod through the holes and this will be set up with the legs splayed out and tied togther with 1x at the bottom. I'll put a brace across somewhere near the top too. I think this will give me a good lateral side brace to hang a hoist. Cross brace will be whatever fits.


For those ratcheting strap virgins. I tried wrapping the strap around a box then tightening it. The first layers don't tighten up like a rope does. I ordered multiple set.
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Carpad, don't you have any neighbors that can help you out.Small ac over door, pop the old one out, pop the new one in, drink a beer with the neighbor.
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If you could lift it out of a normal window then John's scaffold suggestion is the best. That particular model he pictured may not be the best choice since it almost takes 2 people to raise and lower the platform.


2 quality step ladders and a couple of 2x boards with a2x4 center support to the floor would support my big butt and any AC I wrangle around.
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The wall right beside the door makes many of the options a little more difficult. Possibly best option is one strong fellow. But I can understand you wanting to DIY.


Best I can come up with is to buy a bunch of 2x4s, etc to make a structure to help you "step" it down and the new one back up. The lower "platforms" would need to be removable, because you probably want to be standing where the second step is, when you are pulling the AC to the first step.
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Can you post a picture of the air conditioner in it's place.?
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Done today. Photos. I was mistaken about having lots of room above but just enough to swing the hoist little out of the way and swing the old ac down and away from the box. 2x4 legs are free standing and braced.
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Good Job ! What is the old clichι'... " Necessity is the Mother of Invention".
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