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Old 12-28-2013, 11:49 AM   #1
Leon O'Regan
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homemade lifting platform

anyone made one of these?

theres many videos on you-tube on how to do it and they seem really easy!
if you have... are they?

but my main question is....
its for my garden so going to be left outside. therefore the rain, cold, heat and snow will be a factor.
so do you think if I paint the finished platform in "all weather, 10 year, fence paint" itll stay protected and not warp?
my garden fences that are painted in this seem to be ok!
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Old 12-28-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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Re: homemade lifting platform

You'll likely have problems with the BOTTOM of the platform. I'd recommend you build a "floor" to place it on. If it's on dirt, obviously the bottom will rot, even if you paint it. Even on concrete, moisture will permeate underneath and either mold and rot, or worse yet, cause the platform to warp, and THEN mold and rot.

To do it up right, you should sink concrete footings, but you COULD build a rigid floor that you plan to not survive (more expensive at start, but easier, and no concrete left over). 12-16 footings spaced beneath 4 4x4 or 4x6" floor joists, capped with 2x4's, then the plywood and truck mat platform decked down on top of that. Be sure you have a very slight crown or grade/slope to it, so it doesn't pool rain. If you're laying the truck mats on the plywood, you'll want to use subflooring tiles so that moisture can escape from beneath the truckmats, as well as so air can circulate beneath them.

Tarping over it might hold moisture, so make sure it can breathe, and/or drain condensation.

Oh, and you may consider having it sprayed with truckbed liner, rather than just painted.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:06 PM   #3
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Re: homemade lifting platform

thanx for the great reply
answers the question perfectly but has kinda made me change my mind.
what you suggested makes sense but has made me realise its probably a lot more work then its worth
im probably only gonna be in this house another 12-18months as wife is expecting so well move to something bigger
I may just wait
but thanx again
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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Re: homemade lifting platform

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thanx for the great reply
answers the question perfectly but has kinda made me change my mind.
what you suggested makes sense but has made me realise its probably a lot more work then its worth
im probably only gonna be in this house another 12-18months as wife is expecting so well move to something bigger
I may just wait
but thanx again
If you put on a proper paintjob, it'll probably survive on the ground outside for a year. In that case, I'd just put down 12-16 concrete pavers as a foundation (the 2ft x 3ft x 4" sidewalk pavers).
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:15 AM   #5
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Re: homemade lifting platform

I made one in a few hours over the weekend. Works a lot better compared to dropping my weights on just mats. However, since my pavement is slightly uneven, it is a little noisy. I would recommend putting something under it to dampen the sound a little more.

WFS: Picture of mine - http://instagram.com/p/hHtT8Lk09T/
WFS: Instructions - http://www.board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=85557
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