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    I finished framing an addition on a ranch. Now I will open up the kitchen wall to the addition and install a steel beam as the header. My question is: any suggestions on how to lift this 19' long 430lb beam into place, hold it, adjust it into final position and then install lolly columns under the beam ends? I was thinking of muscle onto large saw horses and then adjustable screw jacks, but I think they wont be stable. I also thought about two come-a-longs onto the cathedral rafters and ratcheting it up, then use screw jacks for final adjustment.
    Bernard Engineering & Construction, LLC

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    Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

    I would rent a couple of genie lifts. Used to muscle them into place in my youth but I have learned that it's not worth the wear and tear and risk.

    http://www.genielift.com/ml-series/ml-1-4.asp

    dave

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    • #3
      Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

      yeah, 2 genie lifts should do the trick. we use them all the time for large wood beams

      Rusty
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      • #4
        Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

        Definetly, 2 of the genie lifts, except I know them as Vermette high lifts. I have used them successfully to lift long and heavy steel. Very safe. Rented them from a local rental shop. Just be sure of the weight capacity, and be carefull.

        Good Luck,


        RJC
        Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with quality.

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        • #5
          Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

          kevin, i had one 24' grabbed a few friends made a hole in the garage wall and slid that baby in. it weighed 1000lbs had a welder weld my metal posts. good luck. if i had to do it all overe agian i would of rented the jacks. im young and strong so i looked at it like a work out. never again. all my buddies were not happy with me. especialy when they got there and saw this huge metal beam laying in the driveway.lol. later
          -Alain Bagagem-

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          • #6
            Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

            Used the Genie lift and it was a piece of cake. The hardest part was getting the lift into the house. The whole job took about 4 hours and no strained backs. Thanks for the recommendation; I'm glad I asked the question!
            Bernard Engineering & Construction, LLC

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            • #7
              Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

              We have 2 steel beams to set as well. The super hoist looks pretty compact and has 1000 lb capacity. How are these things as far as getting them through a 3' door? And how do you get the beam up on the jack in the first place? I have a welder that has a cart that can roll in the door w/ the beams I need to install but it looks like the super hoist is about 3' off the ground. The last interior big beam (20' and 650lb. Gluelam) we set we used manpower (6 men) and lifted one end at a time on the scaffold, then hoisted to the beam pocket. I'm looking for a better way!

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              • #8
                Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

                Doug, we used a Bobcat to lift the beam through the addition r.o. window opening, set it on the window sil and then placed the "Genie" lift under the beam. Four of us carried the lift into a 36" finished door opening with 2 1/2" to spare on each side, it weighed about 150-200lbs. We could have spent some time and taken 6 bolts out to break it down into simple sizes and reassembled after it was in the room. It's capacity was 600lbs. Yours may be heavier. It is the way to go; years ago, there was a local contractor who died when a beam fell.
                Bernard Engineering & Construction, LLC

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                • #9
                  Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

                  Doug

                  I've never used the superhoist and it does look like you have to get the beam up off the ground. Why would you need the superhoist as opposed to a genielift? Genielift fits through a 3' opening.

                  My fear with using the superhoist to lift a steel beam isn't the load carrying capacity but the stability of the load when you get it up in the air, I could see using one by itself to lift a section of ductwork but if you try to co-ordinate 2 with the beam sitting on that little platform lets just say I would be standing a safe distance away.

                  Every situation is different, if I can't use a genie lift or if the steel beam is bigger than the capacity of a genie lift I will resort to chainfalls. Sometimes you can rig to hoist from the structure, sometimes you have to be be a little more creative. I have lifted big steel beams in commercial by setting up scaffold towers on either side of the beam and at both ends of the beam, then I run aluma stringers between the towers and hoist with chainfalls rigged to the aluma stringers. This works as long as you don't have to go tight to the ceiling. You have to pay attention to how you load the floor when you set up the scaffolding, I have only ever done this on a SOG if you use this method on a wood floor or suspended slab you may have to shore under the scaffold to the basement floor.

                  I swear by the Genie lift if conditions permit, it is simple, direct and easy to control. You can hoist the load close to it's final location to avoid damage to finishes then roll the load in to it's final location.


                  dave

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                  • #10
                    Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

                    so I guess no one wants to hear about when we used pumpjacks to lift beams into place...


                    Genie lift sounds better
                    Beware of the man whose belly does not shake when he laughs

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                    • #11
                      Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

                      Originally posted by phillip View Post
                      so I guess no one wants to hear about when we used pumpjacks to lift beams into place...
                      Hell yes I want to hear about it, I am always looking for different ways of doing things. Even if I don't use an idea I file it away for later.

                      dave

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                      • #12
                        Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

                        just take your pump jacks and set them up under where the beam will go
                        since this is a remodel, there should be able to connect the tops to something
                        430lb beam I would use 4
                        set a plank on the bottom
                        set beam on top
                        pump them up...

                        brace the heck out of the jacks as you go
                        Beware of the man whose belly does not shake when he laughs

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                        • #13
                          Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

                          In my energy-conscious way I'm recycling this thread - I remembered it and we're about to put a couple of 20' W8x31 beams in place, so about 600 pounds each. Do you think 1 genie lift is enough, with a rope on each end to stabilze and for backup? We're on the second floor so need to hump the lift up there and would prefer to only do one.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

                            Dan:

                            I would use 2 lifts. I think it would be too "tippy" using only one. The vermette high lifts that I used, could be unassembled, which worked out well as our project was also on the 2nd flr.

                            Good Luck,

                            RJC
                            Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with quality.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Lifting Steel Beam into Place

                              I put a 24 foot steel beam in a garage last summer and used moter lifts it worked well, but I had the motor jacks and didn't have to rent them.

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