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building a loft in a shop.. strongest and safest way?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 55Willy, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. 55Willy

    55Willy 3/4 ton status

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    whats going to be the best way to support a loft 9' in the air. what about 2x6 vs 2x8's?
    it'll be spanning roughly 14' wall to wall. would a "patio" style wall bracket be enough?
    I will be running them on the 16" centers as the walls are already done that way. then sheeting the top with plywood of some type, will 1/2" be enough for flooring?
     
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    2x6 would be pushing it a little

    2x8 16oc yellow pine no.2 spans @ 17'5"/Doug fir @15"9"/Spruce Pine Fir @ 16'3"

    5/8 would be better for the floor sheathing

    Don't forget Guard rails to keep you from falling over....:p:
     
  3. 55Willy

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    cool thanks.

    co worker says use 2 x 12's and sheet it with 1" tongue and groove but he is also spending $1500 on a bath tub, not a spa or a shower combo...just a tub. so money isn't an issue with him.
     
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    Sure you could go that route, but like you said lots of $$$$$

    Good luck with it.

    Larry
     
  5. yellowK20

    yellowK20 Well Lubricated Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    what are you planning to put up there??
     
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    some of those 4x8 shop metal racks. the "gorilla" brand style.
    rubbermaid style storage totes with parts in them. there will be no motors or trannys going upstairs.
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Ask your co-worker to pay for your stuff and then you can go crazy building it overkill.
     
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    what kind of ceiling is in the shop? trussed roof or?
     
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    it's trussed. the peak is perpendicular to the door so dead center to the roof is 24' the eaves are 18' the door is 12' high.

    the floor area is 16' x 48' and my buddy has the one next to me and they gave us the okay to punch a mandoor between them.
     
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    What about using some pallet racks on each end - then running your board supports between the shelving - that would be very cost effective & sturdy if you could racking for cheap
     

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