How to Hang an Electric Hoist in Your Garage

What You'll Need
Electric Hoist
2x6 Joist
3" Wood Screws

An electric hoist is a great tool to use in a wide variety of different tasks. They are used for removing the hard top off a Jeep, removing a snowblower from a lawn tractor, hoisting an engine out of a car, or helping to load a heavy object onto the bed of a pickup truck. If you need to have anything heavy lifted, then the electric hoist is the way to do it and save your back. Installing the hoist in your garage is an easy process, but one where you need to make sure there is enough bracing to carry the load. Here are the steps to take to install an electric hoist in your garage.

Step 1: Determine Location of Electric Hoist

The biggest factor in installing your electric hoist is the actual location of it. You must remember that the load you put on the hoist is going to also be a load onto the joists of the truss system. Most of the engineered trusses can handle excess loads up to approximately 400 pounds. However, this must be distributed evenly throughout the area where you will attach the hoist. A good place to install the electric hoist is in the middle of the system where you can span two or three trusses.

Step 2: Install Joists for Support

When you determine the location for the electric hoist, you can then install some 2x6 joists between the trusses so that they can add some load support. If you have an open ceiling in your garage, this will be very easy to do. If you have covered the ceiling with sheetrock, you will need to measure out the area and cut a hole that spans three trusses and is 2 feet wide. Cut the 2x6 joist to size and attach in between the trusses. You will have one on each side of a center truss. Secure with 3 inch wood screws. It would be good to use joist hangers if you have access to them. 

Step 3: Install Cross Joist

Once you have the joists installed in between the truss beams, you can then cut two 2x6's to a two foot length and place along the side of the end trusses where you attached the joists. Use the screws to secure them.

Step 4: Attach Hoist to Joists

One of the reasons to use the joists is to add some support for the extra weight. Another reason is to give the electric hoist another attaching point. Use the mounting bracket that comes with the hoist and mark the holes for the bolts. The bracket will go on the outside of the joists, so you will drill straight through.

Step 5: Screw in Bolts

After you have marked the holes for the bolts, screw them in and secure them with bolts. 

Step 6: Install Electric Hoist

Now that the bracket is secure to the joists, you can then lift the hoist into position and secure it with the bolts that are supplied. Plug it into the nearest electrical outlet and make sure it works correctly.