Thanks, this is just want I'm looking for! The site says that this is rated to 250 lbs....I would think that my canopy doesn't way more than this? I'm not sure though....some days it feels like it weighs 1,000 lbs
> 8 single pulleys; 4 above the topper, 4 on the wall above the winch.
> 4 pieces of 1/4" line.
> Hooks to grab the topper.
> Wooden winch or windlass with crank to wind them up on made from two plywood disks with a short piece of 4x4 in between to wind the rope on. Use a crank handle of your choice, longer gives more leverage.
> 2x6 board with a 1/2" bolt thru it to mount the winch to wall studs.
> Varous screws and fasteners to mount the pulleys, winch board, and assemble the winch.
> Short piece of line to loop over the crank handle to keep the top in the UP position.
Don't stand under the topper while someone fiddles with the winch...
A neighbor up the street has a cradle he built as an attachment for his cherry picker. He basically built a V out of angle and has a couple 2x4s on top spread out a few feet. It's bolted to the head of the boom. He rolls it under the canopy and just lifts it off and lowers it down on a couple saw horses. Pretty slick.
I have built a couple using lines and pulleys. I made a harness for the top using webbing with three lift points.
On one, the whole assembly was mounted on a plywood sheet, which was hanging on a track made out of standard garage door hardware. This was because the top needed to be stored away from where it could be lifted. ( The tracks can go in any direction.)