Is there a better way than jacking up your car to work under it?

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  1. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Maybe add a fan? Keeping the air moving bound to help with heavy fumes finding the low place to congregate. Adding a CO2 or carbon monoxide monitor might help with unknowingly working in heavy concentrations of carbon monoxide. Adding a rail at each side to keep a tire from accidentally slipping off the edge. Adding a top that can support a heavy load when not in use to keep someone from accidentally walking off into it. Adding some cave-in protection might be a good idea too.....there are lots of common sense things that can be done to make a pit safer. My grandpa had one we all used as kids to work under the car. I remember leaning out of the window trying to make sure the front tire was positioned okay while pulling in.
     
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    ^^cave-in protection might be a good idea? lol

    I've used a pit. No thanks. I guess they are good for some fluid changes.
     
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    Local chevy dealer here (Stingray in Plant City, FL ) has a pit for the "complimentary" oil changes they offer.. It has to be about 4 car length's long... It has some metal panels that are not quite flush with the top, that slide out of the way when working in one area of the pit..... I think they would support a car.... Not a bad idea " I was thinking" when I looked at it the other day...
     
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    We had a grease pit growing up on the farm. But it was in the dedicated shop, not connected to a house. It was put in during the initial construction, no added later. We kept it covered when not in use and it was very useful.

    The one drawback was in the spring thaw when a good foot of water would seep in, that only happened when I HAD to use it for something though. :)

    Farmers probably do a lot of "stupid" things in some peoples opinion but for the most part they have common sense and build in basic safety procedures. They are in more dangerous situations than most people deal with on the daily so it is top of mind. It becomes second nature to know how to behave around PTO shafts, dangerous chemicals with fumes that kill, working in and on massive machinery and of course where you should and shouldn't place your head around large animals.... :)
     
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    Why did you guys make them rectangles and not squares at 16x16?
     
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    I came up with this size to fit the tire. I am sure 16X16 would have worked out just as well.
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    2015 i had to lay 2 2x12s down drive on and than jack it up pia
     
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    Someone who tried this type of ramp?
     
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    Had the front tires on ramps. Axle on jack stands. Okay, time to lower car. Placed jack under rear differential and up it goes. Pulled both stands out from under axle tube and then the car starts rolling backwards off the ramps. Car pushing the jack while I'm behind/under it on my knee's. Glad it wasn't close to the garage door or it could have gotten ugly. Lesson here? Block the front tires on the ramps if you decide to do this.
     
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    Ok, then i will look for another option. These looked good cause of the built in jack in the ramp.
    But i was a littlebit sceptical. Thanks!
     

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