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How much overhead clearance is required for a two-post lift?

I'm trying to figure out how high my detached garage walls have to be for a shallow (probably 2:12) roof. My back-of-envelope calcs suggest I might get away with 10 foot walls if I just position the lift in the center. The garage will be 30x60, so I'll have room to spare, and the center spine on 11 foot walls at 2:12 should be 13.5 feet. Crossmembers eat up only about six inches, so I'd expect 13 feet should be enough.

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Basically I want to specify the lowest ceiling I can get away with. I'd prefer to have my garage as unobtrusive as you can get with a 30x60 building. :leaving:
 

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I had them use custom roof trusses on my garage. The ceiling is vaulted and I accomplished 14 foot ceilings. Can't tell from the outside of the house. If you are building from scratch, I'd say go as high as you can. Why limit yourself when you are building new? Most guys who buy lifts after they bought their house, kick themselves for having low ceilings.
 
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