I’m installing a residential elevator in my home. The installation requires a padeye in the ceiling to carry 1500 lbs. I have 2x6” ceiling joists spanning 16’. I planned to bridge a 2x10 across two joists in the attic and pass the padeye post through it from below to carry the load. The padeye is 5/8” diameter rated for 5000 lbs. Will the ceiling joists and 2x10 bridge be sufficient to temporarily carry the 1500 lb load?

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    Define "temporary" please. How will you bridge the 2x10? to the joists?
    – JACK
    Jun 28, 2022 at 13:46
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    For those of us not familiar with the term, what's a "padeye"?
    – FreeMan
    Jun 28, 2022 at 13:47
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    16 foot span, 2x6, 1500lbs. Not something I would stand under.
    – crip659
    Jun 28, 2022 at 14:09
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    Wow, what's the purpose of doing this temporarily? Shoot for permanent and you might find that the 2x10 might not even be sufficient. Consult an engineer because it sounds like you might be out of your depth with this project.
    – MonkeyZeus
    Jun 28, 2022 at 14:23
  • "temporary"? when the beam breaks all it was feeling was the load.
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 28, 2022 at 14:54

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No. At least not safely or wisely.

16' is a really long span for a 2x6, even as just a ceiling. Even with two of them you'd have massive sag, and if either aren't very robust specimens I wouldn't be surprised by catastrophic failure. Even if they were up to the task, tip/twist is a real possibility without boxing or bracing. That would mean game over.

  • Thanks to all. I think I’ll double the 2x10 and run perpendicular from the rim joist across three ceiling joists with a steel post below to carry the load.
    – Andy
    Jun 29, 2022 at 19:04
  • You're welcome. Please take the tour so you know how to resolve your posts.
    – isherwood
    Jun 29, 2022 at 19:32

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