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Old 01-17-2016, 08:11 AM
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Pits are outlawed where I am in NY. I know of an old barn that still has one though...
Precisely the reason I moved out of that hell-hole 40 years ago. Let me know when they start regulating the air you breath...

BTW, wonder what the death rate is on pits vs. jacks?

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Precisely the reason I moved out of that hell-hole 40 years ago. Let me know when they start regulating the air you breath...

BTW, wonder what the death rate is on pits vs. jacks?

Russ
I'd say the death rate on jacks has to be a lot higher, since there are more of those than pits. Saw a guy hurt bad years ago, he was under a car and the jack stands sunk into the hot asphalt.
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Digging a pit... I think it's a good idea if you don't want to spend the money and your prepared to do the labour... a couple of things to be aware of other than checking with local regulations, which has already been mentioned...

1. Are there any pipeworks, sewers, electrics... whats the layout under the house, is it built on rock?
2. Waterproof it!... make sure you have proper drainage, you might have to get a plumber involved. Waterproof the walls before plastering and painting, otherwise you could be disappointed when it rains!

Hope this helps!
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The frame shop that I worked in for almost 40 years had 4 frame machines in a large pit.We were able to straighten just about anything,farm machinery,construction equipment,motorhomes,busses,plus industrial machinery.the frame machines were level with the floor,so we could straighten anything that would fit through the doors.
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Not to worry!!!

Found the PERFECT solution to all the drawbacks and shortcomings of pits and/or lifts!!!!

Automotive Humor - Welding repair under a propped up truck.

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