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Old 05-04-2010, 10:19 PM   #1
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Default How to build a cheap shop quick?

Maybe that's not the word I'm looking for.

Here's the situation... I'm building my Camaro at my Grandma's but she has NO concrete or asphalt anywhere on her lot. I need to jack my Camaro up, but... jacks don't work on dirt.

What's an easy way I can jack up the car without laying asphalt.

I was thinking Quikrete, but I don't know how safe that is.
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you might be able to get away with putting the jackstands and jack on a few 2x8's or maybe even those 1 foot by 1 foot concrete patio blocks. As always though, be extra careful....no car is worth being crushed by it.
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Fail = quickcrete. Get a truck of concrete to pour you a slab. By the time you pay for the Mixer, sand, and misc. stuff you'll have more money in it before you know it. Just get a truck and pour a slab 10 X 8. Give you plenty of room to work. and then you could go back and put a car patio over it and make a car port.
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or if you dont wanna do that get a 4 x 8 piece of Plywood CDX board not OSB board and lay it under your car.
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or if you dont wanna do that get a 4 x 8 piece of Plywood CDX board not OSB board and lay it under your car.
Is CDX expensive? Is it available at Lowes? I might go pick up a few boards tomorrow.
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it is pretty pricey but... hey you can always return it... Just dont break it or stain it badly. But it is alot stronger than OSB. You can't put a price on safety. around 13 to 15 bucks a sheet.
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it is pretty pricey but... hey you can always return it... Just dont break it or stain it badly. But it is alot stronger than OSB. You can't put a price on safety. around 13 to 15 bucks a sheet.
Oh that's not that bad, I don't need a lot.
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3/4 is very strong. But i'm Not liable for advice given on this forum. If you don't feel its safe do not attempt. Don't take a strangers advice with your life. I'm just saying its very strong board from my experience.
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here's how i would do it:

jack stands
2x4's (about 4 inches bigger than the base of the jack stand)
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It's not that simple pouring a cement slab to be weight bearing.. You need to level, lay rebar and pour a thick slab..

Try that quickcrete **** and pour it thin, it will crack and break up in a week..
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3/4 is very strong. But i'm Not liable for advice given on this forum. If you don't feel its safe do not attempt. Don't take a strangers advice with your life. I'm just saying its very strong board from my experience.
Jack stands would probably dig in and go right thru 3/4 inch ply in time... I wouldn't try that..
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Jack stands would probably dig in and go right thru 3/4 inch ply in time... I wouldn't try that..
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Decide for yourself:

http://g-lumber.com/pdf/APA_Plywood_...cification.pdf

http://www.trioforest.com/pdf/Load-Span_Tables.pdf

http://www.tecotested.com/techtips/p...signcapacities

Cliff notes: Plywood is much stronger than most realize.
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Why not go to a local metal shop and get a 2'x2' square of say 1/4" plate steel? It will be more than strong enough, not a cost a lot, and you don't have to worry about punching through it.
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Plywood is much stronger than most realize.
Exactly.
I would:
1) Get 4 sheets of 3/4 plywood(for under the car, and it gives you a nice place to lie down on. It also serves as your base for the jack stands)
2) Get 4 small peices of scrap plywood(to set the jack stands on for a little added comfort)

Very simple yet effective
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Exactly.
I would:
1) Get 4 sheets of 3/4 plywood(for under the car, and it gives you a nice place to lie down on. It also serves as your base for the jack stands)
2) Get 4 small peices of scrap plywood(to set the jack stands on for a little added comfort)

Very simple yet effective
I was thinking something like that actually, except I was going to take 2x4s and use them as floor joists, probably run one every 10 inches or so (haven't done the math yet). Possible use that plate steel idea on top of this as a way to keep the weight on 2 joists at all time.
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there is no way jacks or jackstands are gonna go through 3/4 plywood maybe if your jacking up a big rig but not a camaro I dont have a concreted area that im building my car on.
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