Originally Posted by David Giles
Hey Mike, it sounds like you're talking about a hinge that is installed horizontally across the TOP of the platform/masking system structure, so that the structure could be lifted UP from the bottom towards the ceiling? If so, I would think that arrangement would certainly require a less-beefy hinge. But it would be VERY difficult to lift such a structure (not to mention dangerous) unless you installed some sort of rope/pulley system to help lift the structure. And it's definitely not something I would want one person (your wife) to have to do when they're in an emergency situation. Have you ruled out the possibility of having an electrician come in and relocate the power box to another wall in the room?
Your evaluation is correct.
I tried to get the power box moved pre basement construction and the builder wouldn't do it.
I know, I'm the buyer, I should have pushed more, but didn't see this coming and had a pregnant wife that didn't want any delays in getting into the house.
Also, the drywall is QuietRock, so I'd hate to rip it up now (and redo that wall and the other wall I'd move it to.
In retrospect and in any future builds I definitely wouldn't have a cabinet on my front wall.
What a pain!
What if I had some hydraulic lifts
-- like on hatchback cars to "assist" the lifting of the screen when needed.
I realize I'm getting into more building than is usually needed, but just a thought.
My dad, father-in-law, and bro/sis-in-laws are all engineers.
Maybe I need to invoke their help?
Pic - rear hatch strut
Some in my google search have said...
Heavy Duty - For Vehicles with A/C or Rear Spoiler"
Maybe that would be strong enough to give a good enough lift?