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Old September 13th, 2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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I am planning to build a 40x60 pole barn next spring. Will 12' walls be adequate for a lift intended to accommodate a full size truck? My rough numbers tell me that I'd only get around 5' of lift which would put the frame rails at 6'6" above the ground. I'm only 5'10" so that would probably be OK, but I'm looking for validation. My original estimate was for 14' walls but another thread here indicated that people are using 12' walls more often.

The cost savings of dropping from 14' walls to 12' walls is only $960 or so, but that's the furnace and the interior walls which I was going to have to do over time.

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Old September 13th, 2012, 09:13 AM   #2
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put your truck 5' into the air and see if it will work for you.

Anything is better than laying in the dirt. and a furnace is a nice addition.
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Old September 13th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #3
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My shop has 12' ceilings. I have a Complete Hydraulics 10,000 pound hoist, and a Challenger 10,000 pound. Both have overhead cable trays. The Challenger was supposed to fit under a 12 foot ceiling, and measure 143-7/8". It actually measured 145-1/2" The hassle with dealing with Challenger made me wish I had built 14' walls. I would go 14' if i were to build again.
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I am just finishing my garage, I went with 12' 1" walls. I have measured 3 lifts and they will all come in right under 12' with the overhead cable tray.
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I have a lift with the drive over cable tray. It looks like you'll be fine but we were looking at cutting a channel in the roof for an overhead Tray with 11' walls. I wish we had the 14' ceiling with the drive over because it only lifts my father's conversion van 4' off the floor with the 11' ceiling.
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I have 12'-4" walls with a Cathedral ceiling that goes to a peak of 14'-4" above the hoist.
Its an 11,000lb hoist with the cable tray at the top. I seemed to have plenty of clearance.
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I have 12'-4" walls with a Cathedral ceiling that goes to a peak of 14'-4" above the hoist.
Its an 11,000lb hoist with the cable tray at the top. I seemed to have plenty of clearance.
I was going to suggest a scissor truss/cathedral setting for where the hoist is.

the picture I posted in Jesus 's thread shows the roof line with the 2nd story loft and open area is the same height behind it.

when he had his lift installed, he tested it by putting his wife's brand new suburban on it said it was insured, and they make more every day - he didn't want to have a first try failure with his '72 Shelby GT350 on it
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scissor trusses were more expensive than just raising the walls if I remember right. I wanted the loft, but have an 18' height limit (measured from the ground up to the center of a line from the peak to the edge of the eve).
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I was going to suggest a scissor truss/cathedral setting for where the hoist is.

the picture I posted in Jesus 's thread shows the roof line with the 2nd story loft and open area is the same height behind it.

when he had his lift installed, he tested it by putting his wife's brand new suburban on it said it was insured, and they make more every day - he didn't want to have a first try failure with his '72 Shelby GT350 on it
First car on the new Challenger last month was a '67 GTO convertible.
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scissor trusses were more expensive than just raising the walls if I remember right. I wanted the loft, but have an 18' height limit (measured from the ground up to the center of a line from the peak to the edge of the eve).
I had to go with the engineered scissor trusses, because my township had a height limit at 19 feet at the peak. This limit wouldn't let me put the walls any taller, and still have slope steep enough for snow load.

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