Originally Posted by Dionysia
Is anybody wondering how he got that beam up there by himself?
Not really. Just a matter of using one's head, and thinking like Archimedes when he said--"Give me a place to stand on, and I can move the Earth." Just about anything within reason can be done by leverage and mechanical advantage (and the electric winch shown in the picture probably didn't hurt, either).
Back when I wasn't so old and feeble, I did quite a bit of solo lifting of stout (heavy) members. Heaviest I can clearly recall was a 600-lb., built-up timber/steel monster that I used to replace a load-bearing wall. Swung it into place using two straining step ladders, some blocks and a farmer's jack. The wife couldn't believe that it had migrated from the floor up into the attic, while she was sleeping in an adjacent room a few feet away. She insisted it must weigh a half-ton (hence my computing its weight, just to prove her wrong), and asked why would I subject myself to such punishment.
Told her "because it was in the way, and I didn't want to trip over it."