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Hanging a pulley from the ceiling using electrical Strut for the purpose of overhead lifting.? Answered

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Hello out there, I am currently working on organizing my garage. Part of my organization project is to find a way to utilize the most available space possible. I am looking at hanging some items like a wheel barrow and a tow behind de-thatcher on the wall. My ceiling is 10ft high and I want to hang them as high up on the wall as possible. To help get the items up and down every time I need them, I plan on hanging block and tackles from the ceiling for each item. Unfortunenaly one of the items does not line up under a joist. To overcome this my plan is to hang a 20” pieces of shallow electrical strut (lagged in on each end to a joist) and then use a strut nut, 3/8 threaded eye bolt, and a strut washer(see picture for set up). Do you think that will hold? At MOST I would never lift anything heavier than 80lbs(and that would be a rarity). The average weight would be around 40lbs. For the items that do line up under a joist I was going to use a screw eye (I can’t access the top to through bolt it). The screw eyes I bought at the local hardware store have an SWL of 160lbs but say “not for overhead lifting”. Again using 80lbs as my max load, should I be worried about the “not for overhead lifting” label?

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Toga_Dan (author)2017-06-30

want to no how much something will hold? push it to the breaking point. with strut, you might want two support it from points 40 inches apart. just a test. if it doesn't break, it is probably strong enough for 20 inch centers.

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Toga_Dan (author)2017-06-29

You could also put a hook in 2 adjacent joists and use a bridle to share the load between them.

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Toga_Dan (author)2017-06-29

if safety is on the line, a 4x margin is generally required. What is the strut rated for

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iceng (author)2017-06-29

Screw the eyes at 15` in line with the joist.. This will give you a better hold.

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