I want to make sure that I'm doing things safely when I'm working on my car. Obviously this means using jack stands. There's something I'm a bit puzzled over, and that is the proper place to put the jack stands and the proper place to jack up the car (a 2001 four door Civic).
The usual jacking places for the car, as indicated in the owner's manual, is just behind the front wheels and just in front of the rear wheels, like this:
(In this case, it's a newer Civic, but it shows the same places)
Now from what I understand, jack stands can be placed under any solid point, such as where the suspension subframe attaches things together. If I jack the car up from the usual jacking points, in theory, I should be able to get a jack stand under one of these points, however, there's a problem with this. Either my jack doesn't get things high enough, or my jack stands are too tall. My current jack is one of these - a standard 2 ton hydraulic floor jack. I had an uncle who is a welder trim a 3/4ths of an inch or so off of my jack stands to shorten them, in hopes it would allow me to slip the jack stands under the car when the jack is cranked all the way up. Unfortunately this didn't help. The other day when I needed to get my car up to get a look at some things under it, I was able to dig a bit down in the gravel and that gave me enough clearance to get the jack stands under. I'm planning on doing some work on my car on Saturday, but it will be in a garage with a cement floor, so that's not an option. Also, I'm going to be removing my lower control arms, so even putting the jack stand where they attack to the subframe isn't an option.
This brings me to my question: Where can I safely jack up the car that will allow me to get it up on the jack stands? The current jacking points seem too narrow to get both the jack and jack stand under it, and I won't be able to put the jack stands in their usual place as I'm doing some suspension work.