Hi,\n\n16 years ago I installed a new flagged pathway to the side of our bungalow replacing nine steps creating a slope. Due to our recent rare hot summer one of the flags now "clicks" when walked upon so I want to lift and re-bed it in mortar.\n\nThe problem is access; the slope and the sheer weight of the flag it being a 3' x 2' x 2" which I believe weighs around 10st bare; it might now have bedding mortar attached increasing its weight. When I laid the flags I made two special lifting handles allowing me to straddle each flag and physically lift it but now with it fully in position I don't want to cause lots of collateral damage so I'm looking at an easy way if lifting this one flag out without personal injury.\n\nThis morning I attended Rufforth Auto Jumble and was on the lookout for block and tackle but as I browsed the stalls I spotted just the thing; it's an electric hoist rated at 250 kg on a double pull or 125 kg on a single pull which should be perfect; it looked brand new with a £40 ticket but ono; I'm cheeky and offered £30 which was declined but after some haggling it was mine for £32.50; I've just plugged it in and sure enough it works perfectly; I'm well pleased with this hoist with a generous lift of 6m on double or 12m on single. \n\nWhat price saving a bad back; I'm turning this into a project and will design and make some kind of lifting beam; I had other less costly ideas but at now 71 I want to think of the future; I'm already a ten stone weakling and 16 years ago didn't find lifting these flags to be easy. Now the front entrance is completed I'm already onto this flag job.\n\nKind regards, Colin.\n\n[ATTACH=full]1120[/ATTACH] \nAt £32.50 this hoist must be a genuine bargain and hopefully will save me suffering back problems or severed fingers.\n\n[ATTACH=full]1121[/ATTACH] \n\nManual flag lifters I made and used very successfully to lay the flags.