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    Beam Clamp Build

    I decided to build a beam clamp to lift slightly heavy or awkward loads using an I-Beam I have in the garage. I cut 1/4" plate material with plasma CNC, painted, and assembled it. The first test was today.

    Before welding the clamp bar (the center link) and before paint
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    Welded and painted
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    Installed and ready for use. I had to cut drywall away to get to my beam. I easily lifted a ~150lb load today. It should be able to lift considerably more but I'm not looking find the limit.
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    Nice build!!

    I went the easy way, and purchased two of them when I built my shed.

    I easily lifted 40 foot 6X4-8.5# beams with one clamp. Those beams weighed 340 pounds.

    One beam I lifted weighed over 1,000 pounds, but, I used 2 clamps.
    Now, the clamps are ceiling decorations in my shed,, I have used them once or twice,,,
    my tractor loader does most of my lifting,,,
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    Excellent work!

    150-pounds is nothing for that beast.
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    Very nice fab work there.
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    Nice job!
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    Very nice work! Probably a good cost savings vs buying.

    Used a bunch of those beam clamps about 10 years ago to build out a new Verizon switch. The clamps were used to hang threaded rod from ceiling I-beams to build a Hilti-Strut grid for all the overhead cable racking.
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    That clamp looks very well built, professional, even. The beam you're using to lift with, was it put there for that purpose and finished over?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plug Ugly View Post
    That clamp looks very well built, professional, even. The beam you're using to lift with, was it put there for that purpose and finished over?

    When I had the house built, I told the architect I didn't want posts in the garage. The garage is a four car. It took two I-beams to do the job. The builders said they thought they were building a Walmart when they set the beams. Since the garage is a finished, the beams were drywalled. I wasn't crazy about cutting an opening, but I rather lift heavy stuff at this point.

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    u done a nice job on that clamp. so u made that to clamp to ur beam in the garage. and now u will lift off of that clamp. going to hang -like a chain hoist-i suppose.
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    Nice fab on the beam clamp.
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