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Re: New shop

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02-12-2003 16:08:54

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Tubing and insulation for floor heat runs about a buck a square foot in our area. My employer (excavating contractor) has floor heat in his year-old shop. Put snow covered machines in at the end of the day, and next morning they are warm, snow is off, and the floor is dry. Extremely comfortable place to work. My HM hoist frame is 8 inch I beams, with a 6x12 beam overhead. Have a two ton hoist, made the trolley with 1/2 inch plate steel with Ford Pinto or Taurus front spindles and cut down drums for wheels for it to roll on. Wheels under I beams I made from 6" pipe slices, welded cookies and hubs inside. Currently changing the whole system to a pivot hoist, same basic design, but one end is an 8" post with the other end of the 22' beam rolling in a 90 degree arc, instead of the old 11 foot span portable frame. New design will not be in the way like the other one is.

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02-14-2003 22:50:09

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 Re: Re: New shop in reply to JMS/MN, 02-12-2003 16:08:54  
what heats the flooring? hot water? if so, how do you do that without exposing the flame from the hot water heater to vapors? heard alot but still am very cautious as to what one actually needs. sorry to tag on and don't mean to distract from original message, hopefully he's as curious as i.

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02-12-2003 22:40:38

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 Re: Re: New shop in reply to JMS/MN, 02-12-2003 16:08:54  
An addendum to the previous post: I bought used I beams from a locally demolished creamery- cost was 15 cents per pound. Same with the current project to re-do the hoist beams- salvage company had 8" pipe about the same price. Trolley: commercial units were $200 or more, hard to find. Built mine for about $50 with spindles, plates, grade 8 bolts and spacer pipes. Good feature on new plan is the far end pipe support will have an 8 foot rotating jib (6-8 inch I beam) for an additional one-ton chain hoist I have, for smaller projects, and extended reach, when I might need two hoists. The old 11 foot span frame worked fine when I put an 855 Cummins engine (2500-3000 lbs) in a 2470 Case tractor, but the new 22 foot span will cover almost half the shop. Don't know about the 'engineering', will just play it by ear with a heavy load in the middle of that span.

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