Take the sting out of a walk-up apartment by installing
your own lifter. By Matthew Russell
64 Make: Volume 11
Apartment-style living has its
advantages, but getting a bicycle
off the balcony, through your
living area, and down several
flights of stairs just to go get
some exercise isn’t one of them.
Carrying groceries up and taking
trash down several flights of stairs
isn’t so much fun either, but you
can mitigate these pains by building
a swiveling hoist on your balcony.
The whole setup costs right
around $50, and takes only a
few hours from start to finish.
Russell hoists his bike up
to his apartment, thereby
avoiding the stairwell
wrestling match. The
hoist is great for hauling
up groceries and taking
out the trash, not to mention moving in (or out).